While I’ve been drafting the last installment in the Roxanne trilogy, I was pondering my current dilemma: Gutenberg and how to get rid of it. The experts tell me to disable it from the dashboard but there’s no ‘disable’ button for Gutenberg anywhere. They tell me to add a “/image” to find my media button, but I only have five items in the list and “images” is not one of them. Anyway, technicalities aside, I decided that my best course was going around the problem. So today I’m going to pick up a post from last November (adjusted to fit this year), embed an image to the word doc and see if it shows in the post.
I would appreciate very much if you see an image of olive branches to let me know.
So, here’s the post:
October and november are the months of olive harvest in the Middle East.
While travelling through the land, one can find fields upon fields of olive trees. As one of the most prominent evergreens in the Mediterranean, it can be seen on the hillsides, in the valleys, between houses, even on backyards and front yards.
As in the case of my family, our olive trees are both in the front and back, and although we only have a handful, the olives we harvest provide us with enough oil to last for the entire year. Usually, the trees bear more heavily every other year, but this year the trees were practically bare, so we made none
We’ll probably have to buy, and although it’d be as fresh and extra virgin as ours, it won’t be the same. The satisfaction of collecting and harvesting, at least for me, makes it taste much better. I know, that’s a psychological analysis, but it’s true for me.
Here are some facts about olive trees:
Olives are sacred trees, a symbol of life and resistance, for even hollow, old and gnarled, they can still bear fruit. They are also blessed trees, being mentioned in a number of holy books, as symbols of peace and healing.
Scientifically, olive trees are known worldwide to possess healing properties, as it contains strong anti oxidants and are rich in vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin K. It also helps to maintain a healthy digestive track, both for children and adults alike.
During this harvesting time, up to four generations of the same family can be found picking olives, using the same method from centuries ago: Gently beating the branches with a stick so that the olives will fall atop a nylon covered ground. Usually the adults or older teens beat or climb the trees while the younger children and elders pick the downed fruit and separate it from fallen leaves and twigs.
My kids like to play with the olives, often using them as little missiles, or just climbing the trees, enjoying the fact that the adults are actually either climbing with them or shaking the branches they stand on.
In Brazil, the most common tree found on backyards are either mangos, avocado or coffee, while in the middle-east it’s the plums, grapes and olive trees.