PERSEPHONE’S BACK!

We have had a winter of everyone’s discontent. It’s rained, and rained, and rained some more. We’ve had terrible flooding here on the Pelion. Some of the worst ever in parts. Great destruction. Millions of euros of damage. There seems little chance now of seeing a bridge back in Kalamos given how very little money there is in Thessaly’s coffers. 

This morning the sun has made a valiant effort to revive people’s spirits. The cats are enchanted – butterflies, bees, beetles and all manner of airborne flitters to chase, not to mention racing to ambush each other and unwary critters. Try as I might I can’t get a decent photo of the antics, so fast do they all move.

But the spring flowers are more composed. The first of them are beginning to appear. Slowly. Gently. Nodding a brief hello. Secure in the knowledge that before long they’ll begin to explode upon the scene they will dominate for a while, changing roles, giving way to new performers in differently colored  costumes, as they retire from center stage assured that they will reprise their roles again and again in new performances.

Persephone, daughter of Zeus and Demeter, snatched by Hades to be queen of his underworld, has returned to the earth, as she does each year to bring  spring to winter-weary mortals. What a mismatch her parent’s union was! Her mother is the goddess of the harvest; her raucous, thundering father’s behind all this ghastly weather we’ve been having. Well, you can’t choose your parents, but Persephone does all she can to make up for her egotistical father and we’re grateful. She stays but a little while before she’s obliged to return to her underground kingdom.

Rain is forecast again for tonight. And wind. Lots of it. Persephone probably won’t be too thrilled about that, but her father hates to be upstaged and hasn’t yet ordered Boreas, his god of the wind, to skulk back to the north. And Chione, the goddess of snow, daughter of cold Boreas, still lingers on Mt Pelion. Persephone’s resourceful though and won’t be intimidated – she’ll triumph over all of them before long.

 

8 responses to “PERSEPHONE’S BACK!

  1. Well I’ve been distracted by a busy fall, but I’m finally back! I started reading your blog where I left off & thoroughly enjoyed catching up with your life on the Pelion. The spring flowers are gorgeous! We’ve had some wildflowers come to life here lately and temperatures are starting to rise to the 80’s. I’ve missed you so much! I hope you’ve had some time to sew & knit! I’m so glad you’ve made it through the bitter winter & I hope you’re rewarded with a gorgeous spring & mild summer. Soon the lights in the vacation homes will come on at night again as the seasons turn round & another year goes by! I hope you, Ron, & the cat family are happy & well!

    • You are mistress of the understatement, Brenda – having to cope with the catastrophic damage the storm Harvey wrought upon your family home is hardly a distraction. We’re plodding along very nicely, thank you. On Tuesday, just exactly what I didn’t need occurred – a stray dog which had arrived here gave birth to five puppies in my beloved Sophia’s kennel. All are well, but to find homes for them is akin to offering sand to the Sahara. I’ll post about the new family soon. Take care of yourself.

  2. Diane Glanzer

    Oooh, it makes me homesick. For your home. It’s as if it were March 2010 all over again. The cats are lovely! I worry about your being bridgeless though. How much would it take?

    • Raki is 10 now, would you believe! The bridge is anybody’s guess, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. We continue to be Kala and Mos. Come on over…you’ll see many changes.

  3. Beginning of Spring is so beautiful there, Cathy. Thanks for sharing the photos and the tales of gods.

  4. Garden looks glorious, even a rose. I love the daisies and the big white irises.

    • This morning, less than a day later, the purple irises are rushing to get in on the act, but we still have strong winds messing things up.

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