By December 23, 2013 0 Comments

The Olive Trees

olivesAt my parents’ home in Lebanon, my mother grows a few olive trees in the garden.

Olive trees are popular in the region and are highly regarded being closely associated to religion and peace. The Lebanese love their olive oils and different parts of the country produce different grades of the blessed liquid. Olive oil is a serious endeavour not only at a commercial level but also socially and culturally. Almost every orchard you visit will boast of their finest oil, from the north of the country and right down to the south. The flavours may vary but the quality remains the same.

We enjoy olive oil raw with bread or sprinkled lavishly over yoghurt, salads or ‘Zaatar’ which is a mix of thyme, sesame seeds and various other herbs. My grandfather used to drink a couple of table spoonfuls every day and always swore by its benefits.

Imagine my delight when I discovered that my mother had picked the olives from the trees in our garden and marinated them in olive oil, garlic cloves and chilli along with other herbs for us to enjoy. It is only a very limited quantity but they are scrumptious and I have been feasting on them ever since I discovered the hidden gems.

I walked out to the garden and took these photos and then I looked over the horizon across Beirut and into the far distance as far as my eyes can see. I really pray for peace, a peaceful Lebanon and for peace in the region. Peace is a divine quality that we could all easily attain with compromise and truth.

Who knows, maybe I may even see the impossible in my lifetime… after all: miracles do happen.

Love and blessings to all…

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