by cheri sabraw
…we ventured into the olive orchard to inspect the trees, their tiny olives, and the gorgeous view.
We remembered the erudite and classy Charles Krauthammer, who so many in public life, might try to emulate. His wit, intelligence, measured comment and humor will be missed, at least in this household.
Dying at 68 years old is far too young for one who has endured more than his fair share of physical challenges. As we say in Jewish mourning, ” May his memory be a blessing.”
We drove over to the orchard in a 4-wheel drive vehicle and hopped out.
The orchard looks magnificent except…
about 1/3 of the trees do not have any olives growing on them this season. We do not know why. Pollination? Water? Global warming (LOL)? Still, this lovely view of the last peachy rays of the sun on the longest day of the year overrides any disappointment about the upcoming fall harvest.
And then, approaching this day…
for the first time ever, I found a robust and cocky coyote on my driveway the other morning. Our property is fully-fenced to keep deer and mountain lions out! To say I was started is an understatement.
I ran out into the driveway, kimono and all, ordering the coyote to leave. Now! He was casual and in the aloof way of the species, trotted into our meadow, stopped, dared to look back at me (probably admiring my early-morning face and kimono) and probably scooted under a fence.
Because of the days of long light, I’ve ventured into the plein air painting space with my friend Mary this week, trying to mix colors and catch light before it changes.
In the orchard, I thought, this location will make a perfect painting. Fruit and celery-colored olive trees standing cheerily and tall while the two old oaks, cloaked in shadow and stately advance, hold court over their fruity minions.
On the longest day of the year, I sunk into my memory foam mattress last night, and listened to the hawks still talking to each other in preparation for the birth of their chicks. On the park district property across the road, the cattle lowed.