by cheri block
We know the Greek goddess Athena for her wisdom and courage. Owls, snakes, and olive trees are just three of the symbols that represent her. How appropriate, then, that the Judge’s olive orchard became a reality on Independence Day 2012 on land across our creek where owls who-who-who by night and where snakes hide among rock piles and cords of oak by day.
For those of you who-who have followed this blog for the last four years, you might remember that the Judge has been planning his orchard for many years.
Well! It’s in. Now let’s hope that the pollinators pollinate, the trees thrive, and the harvest produces a mild oil. Here’s to the Maurino, Frantoio, Leccino, and Arbequina (three Italian varietals and one Spanish) out across the creek, whose roots are now adjusting to the clay soil and pure water, to starry nights and a babbling brook, and whose very existence will provide tremendous diversion from the business of the day.
Here’s to Athena’s orchard.