The air was still in our olive grove this morning, unlike yesterday when gusts were strong enough to send empty flower pots and chair cushions flying. Strong enough to make us wonder if those olives, so close to harvest, would continue to cling to their branches ~ but as always, they withstood the storm.
|Our traditional Greek ladder in our grove|
Walking among the recently sprouted wild cyclamen the sunlight through the tree branches was soft; an autumn sun, hot, but not with the intensity of summer.
|Morning in our olive grove|
The quietude of the morning was so intense that the waves slapping the shore in the harbor below echoed across our hillside terraces. It was the only sound to be heard.
|Stairs link the terraces in our grove|
Our Olive Grove - it is one of my favorite Greek destinations and luckily it is only footsteps away. While savoring my quick getaway, I realized that I often 'talk about' the grove on FB but that I haven't taken you there in quite some time, if ever.
|Stone House on the Hill from our olive grove|
Our Stone House on the Hill was built in an olive grove. We have a neighbor's grove to one side of us and our grove stretches several terraces down from our home. In the distance the hillsides are covered with the silver green of olive groves. We live in the land of the Kalamata olive.
|Olive groves carpet the countryside|
Technically we are in the land of the 'koroneiki' olive, a smaller fruit with a high ratio of skin to flesh which is said to give our 'Kalamata oil' its aromatic qualities. The larger olive, that you would recognize as 'the Kalamata olive' often served on Greek salad, is simply called 'the salad olive' around here.
Our grove of 17 trees, somewhat small by industry standards and just the right size by ours, was an unexpected bonus of this house when we bought it. We knew nothing about growing olives back then - had no idea how to tend the trees nor when one would harvest the bitter green fruit they produce. Siga, siga, slowly, slowly, as they say here, we have learned. And have so much more to learn.
|'The Scout' at work in the grove - February burn season|
In fact our lives, just as most who live in this area, evolve around the olive grove these days. Whether it is time to prune, time to clear, time to burn cuttings, time to spray, time to harvest. . .each task is tied to a season, an ages-old rhythm of life in this rural area of Greece's Peloponnese. So important is the olive here that restaurants and retail businesses gear their operations around 'the seasons of the olive'. Many are beginning to close now in preparation of olive harvest which will begin in mid-October and continue through December.
|The summer's drought turned some olives purple|
Greece devotes 60 percent of its cultivated land to olive growing. Messinia, the region in which we live, has some 15.863 million trees. So many olives are grown in our region, that by the end of the 19th century, there were 20 olive presses operating within the city of Kalamata, the big city to our north. These days the processing plants are located outside the metropolitan area in or near the villages sprinkled about the countryside. We have five such presses within five miles of our home.
|A favorite spot in our grove|
Looking at the fruit dragging down youthful branches that have sprouted from old gnarled stumps assures me that even in a year as unsettled as this one, life will continue no matter how upside down the world might feel.
|A peace that surpasses all understanding. . .|
Often times the early morning or late afternoon sun rays through the trees turn the grove into a peaceful sanctuary - the beams as powerful and reassuring as those coming through any church window. The Biblical phrase, 'a peace that surpasses all understanding' comes to mind. A moment of stillness, a few deep breaths and the inner compass is reset.
|Wild cyclamen at the Stone House on the Hill|
Hope you've enjoyed your time in the grove today and hope we will see you back again when I will tell that pirate's tale I promised in the last post. I've got to admit that I've been researching another article for a publication and just didn't get the pirate story researched and written.
Where ever you are, we hope that you are coping with the continued COVID prevention measures and that you and yours are well.
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Wow, it looks and sounds magical. If you ever need an intern, let us know!ReplyDelete
Oh to be in (England) Greece now that (April’s) Autumn’s here!!ReplyDelete
We should be in Crete, good food, good friends and Raki. How I envy you the solitude outside in the beautiful grove. The solitude here is in the house, still working and trying to stay safe. Good luck with the harvest, stay safe and well.
It is nice to be able to escape without leaving one's property. As our COVID cases continue to rise in Greece again I think I may be seeing even more of the grove than I ever imagined possible! xxDelete
I have long dreamed of visiting you guys and see that Stone House on the Hill of Olive Trees. I remember we tried in Seattle. But now travel around the world seems only a dream.ReplyDelete
Hold fast to dreams I always say, as sometimes the do come true!Delete
Thanks for the walk through the grove! What a lovely "addition" to your home. Another source of pleasure!ReplyDelete
There is something about the olive groves in this area, maybe the age, maybe the beauty that does provide a feeling of peace. . .as in all is right with the world despite what headlines tell us.Delete
What a tranquil way to enjoy some outdoor social distancing. I can almost hear the waves slapping on the shoreline. Thanks for creating this image for us.ReplyDelete
And thanks for taking a stroll with me today!Delete
I've loved my time in your olive grove today -- a welcome respite even virtually. You have found a wonderful place to live in these times.ReplyDelete
We do think we made the right decision to stay here - that's for sure!Delete
How amazing to have your own olive tree grove! Please take us with you when you go to have your olives pressed. Do you also prepare some for eating?ReplyDelete
I don't like olives, but I love the olive grove views and peacefulness. Thanks so much for the virtual visit - it was very therapeutic.ReplyDelete
It is good to know some things never change. The pace of life with the groves makes me very envious.ReplyDelete
Walking around the olive grove sounds peaceful. It is nice to see the view around your old Stone House, it is beautiful.
Take care, enjoy your day! Wishing you a happy week ahead.
I love the way the pond is framed in that first shot.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2020/10/the-fungus-is-among-us-mushrooms.html
OOPS! I meant the second shot.ReplyDelete