Corfu town is a ferry ride or bus ride from where I am in San Stefanos. This time a bus ride as its too early season for the ferry to be operating. Visited favourite places, the icon museum, the market, the streets of the old town, lunch on the Arsinal overlooking the harbour.

In spring Corfu is covered in wild flowers. Besides the usual suspects like poppies, chicory , marshmallow, cornflowers, thistle, and love in the mist, the Amarillys are everywhere, and Corfiats pick huge bunches  to decorate their homes. I keep thinking that such a bunch would be $100 at home. This picture is today's nod to the flower. "Amarillys at San Stefanos"image

THE PEONY

This tree peony is large and dramatic. --1.5 metres across and 1.2metres high. The colours are strong and jewel like, criss crossed by gold Moorish trellis.

The peony features often in both Japanese and Chinese design. In this picture Ive included a kimono and parasol with peony motifs, stylized peony discs and a Persian minature. I couldnt resist including a fragment of John Russell's Peonies which featured in the NGV exhibition of Australian Impressionists. 

 

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