Gutenberg and harvesting peace


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.



25 Replies to “Gutenberg and harvesting peace”

  1. Cant see any pics but…Gutenberg is coming, it’s still possible to choose: Classic Editor or Gutenberg (if u have premium account on Wp), but I think after 27-28 November it will disappear too. I heard Gutenberg will be permanent editor. They think those blocks r better…lol it’s impossible to copy-paste there! I’ve tried…😂
    It sucks bcz I’m & other followers I know getting ALOT problems bcz of new editor. Who’s gonna fix them? the problems? No one. Hm

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    1. Oh, you have no idea how frustrating those blocks are, especially with screen readers. I had an expert try to fix, then send me to an agent when he couldn’t. The agent gave me a few tips, but i still have one or two to try before i contact them again. Who knows, maybe one will work and i’ll be abel to use those blocks after all. But i think in one of the tips i read, classic editor will stay around until 2021, even though Gutenberg will be fully encorporated by the end of 2018… I’m sorry to say this, but i really hope i’m right, not you…haha.

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  2. You can still disable it and switch back to the classic editor for now. However, once WordPress 5.0 goes live, Gutenberg will also be included. It’s still in beta now, but it’s obviously approaching the final beta stage so it won’t take long for it to be released.

    I’m actually using it now even though I don’t like its weird interface. Better to get used it now I suppose…

    Anyway, the photo is not visible.

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    1. Thank you. I think i found the ‘image’ button on the block thing, but i can’t find the publish now. It only offers me to submit for review. It’s really annoying. Still, i read the classic will stay until 2021. Hopefully i’ll be tech savvy by then.


  3. Jina, alas no pictures to accompany your lovely post. However, having wondered amongst olive groves in Greece, I’m imagining them … olive trees are incredible and somehow prehistoric; they seem to carry the weight of history on their gnarled and twisted branches! I love the details of your harvest and how the children use olives as missiles etc! Finally, well done on doing a post on Gutenberg editor … I’m waiting until the last minute to give this a go and know many are apprehensive.

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    1. Annika, i just got my classic editor back this morning. I even managed a post with images!!!! I’m so happy, i don’t even want to think when Gutenberg will come to stay. He’s like that hated relative no one wants to put up as a guest, much less a permanent resident. And thanks for the comment. Greece and spain and portugal are places i want to visit some day. their climate are so similar to ours, even their trees are the same.

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  4. So sorry to hear that your olive trees didn’t bear as many fruits this year as they normally do and that you will have to buy your oil from others. I can totally get that the taste is different. There’s always something special in sledpicked fruits or vegetables and homemade food. It was a very dry year here too and the trees near little and only small apples and such. Let’s hope for better harvests next year! 😊
    And I really like what you wrote about the history of these beautiful and important trees.

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    1. Thank you.Our trees usually bear heavily every each other year, but this was the first time i can remember this happening. The almonds didn’t do much either, but we eat them green too, so i didn’t thought much when the dry ones didn’t amount to much. Oh well, hopefully next year. Thanks for dropping by, Sarah.

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