Amidst the news of economic doom which pervades Greece, the simple things continue to bring pleasure. A late start to summer has delayed the advent of fruit and vegetables somewhat, but as June arrives it heralds a spurt of quick growth.
Kumquat trees are laden with fruit, strawberries tantalise, and the peaches promise to be succulent soon. Figs begin to form for autumn lushness.
Pomegranates which are ripe for picking in September begin to form into fruit onto the trees.
Winter tangerines are budding, promising a bumper crop.
Nectarines, almost as large as apples, will be ripe and ready for picking within the month.
Plenty of May rain has given a burst of life to peas and courgettes growing in the ground, as peapods begin to form full of sweet delights.
Cherry tomatoes ripen in pots in the sun, whilst onions form beneath the hot soil.
As herb gardens burst forth with basil, mint, sage, rosemary, and lemon sage, the colourful beauty of flowers surrounds them.
The olive trees burst with fruit promising a bumper crop for olive oil this winter, and the surplus wood is chopped in readiness for the winter wood-burners.