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Groomed:  pruning your olive grove

There are lots of advantages to keeping your olive trees nicely pruned.  Most important: you can reach the olives by hand without climbing a ladder!  (Though, in many countries, there is an alternative: blankets are spread under the tree to collect the falling olives as the branches are beaten with sticks).

But there is also an aesthetic dimension for those that desire a more formal and regular grove: the olive tree takes pruning well resulting in fairly homogeneous rows of similar-shaped plants that shimmer together, silver-green, in the spring breezes.  (This would be nearly impossible to do with, say, walnut trees).

Whichever way you like the tree, sprawling or groomed, the olives will taste just as good.

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and Tunisia is having a good olive oil harvest this year.
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The olive tree: new spring growth

It is so easy to admire the olive tree for its fruit (the olive) and its juice (olive oil) that we often forget what a beautiful tree it is in its own right.

Especially in early spring, when the new bright khaki branches explode from last year's thick foliage. This one is a young one, proudly growing before a very old wall. But both olive tree and wall are exceptionally well-made and they can both easily last for another few hundred years.

I hope the same for good old Europe where new spring growth is barely visible.

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It is a quiet suburban road but there will be a spekboom hedge for any passing elephants ;~))
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Not all the umbrellas in the world...
... can protect Greece from its ongoing storm.

For it is self-inflicted.

Caught between mass delusion and Angela's closed wallet, the country is drifting rudderless. Ireland, Portugal, Italy, Spain and, even, Cyprus, are gradually succeeding where Greece continues to fail.

Alone and ridiculed, with no prospects, it is left like a teenager with a hangover singing "Don't cry for me Argentina", its economic model.

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Snows are melting: C'est fini!

Time to pack my bags once again.  The Alps are shedding their winter purity. It is time to head back south, towards Province, towards the waking expanses of lavender.

In the Alps, this is the period of strong cold winds from the North.  Of leaf buds slowly swelling.  Of sudden cold rains, muddy days, avalanches & rock falls.  Of transformation: slippery & dangerous.

In the South, the winds will be just as strong but sweeter & more aromatic.  Intense yellow dandelion flowers will soon be covering the vineyards.  Every day will mark another milestone for Persephone: today the hawthorn, tomorrow the almond tree.

Springtime celebration...
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Good +nomad dimitri !  I still have time to send you hints!  Non-eternal pygmies: 30 eight-year olds!
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WILD/TAME: "I can pull your sleigh or tear you to pieces"

In the high snowy expanses, he can be your best friend or, a few genes away, you can be his favorite meal. Having seen both, it is hard for me to not draw parallels between the enthusiastic perseverance of the sleigh dog and the cunning stubbornness of the hunting wolf.

They are the flip sides of the same character: one side works for us, the other against us. Thus, the adorable turns into the horrifying.

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I did, 92-95 under the great late Bill Walsh and then Tyrone Willingham for my senior year.
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+Diana Studer not at all a problem, I have great posture and it's great to have more detail on this toe of mine, which seems to be a problem for some people who share this characteristic
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At the olive grove: practicality meets aesthetics

Invariably, Mediterranean earth is rocky, dry, with low fertility. For millennia, farmers cleared their fields by picking the stones and fought hard to create soil and preserve it from flash floods.

But what to do with all these stones?

You build nice, tidy walls to keep them out of your field. The walls also come handy in keeping some nasties out: goats and wild boar, for example. They can keep your donkey from eating your figs.

Thus, the labyrinths of Mediterranean dry stone walls were built through the centuries. And though many are crumbling and the art of building and repairing them is dying, there are, still, thousands of kilometers of them still standing, waiting for your footsteps to pass them by.

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I like a lot your description, someday I hope to travel and know these beautiful places. I send you a big hug! 
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INDOOR/OUTDOOR: The glory of a courtyard

Somewhere between a dining room and a picnic blanket, the courtyard is my favorite place for meals. Surrounded by walls, it is safe and cozy: the house is just there. The gravel floor gives a nice crunch to your every step. The plants are vibrant but do not overwhelm. And when the light fails, you only need to raise your head to see the stars.

Splendido!
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+Brian Peters it is Easter after all...
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WILD/TAME: Leda's seducer

There is something incredibly powerful about a swan. More even than his beauty and grace, the swan dominates with his strength and confidence.

In art and mythology, he is second only to the eagle as a symbol of winged royalty. And of menace, at least to the Greeks.

For when Zeus turns into a swan to seduce Leda, the resulting offspring include Helen and Clytemnestra, not exactly the choicest pair of children in anybody's list. Black or white, the swan seduces and ruins. Keep it in mind on your next lake visit.

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+Rajini Rao the fierceness!
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WILD/TAME: Man's best frenemy

Just as it is hard not to sympathize with the environmentalists who mourn the scarcity of Europe's top predator, so it is with the plight of the sheep farmers who tremble at his howling.

Especially if you see what a single wolf can do to an entire flock of sheep...

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I think he would nod stoically, flattered at the attempt to find him a human equivalent:
"How cute..."
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Never feel guilty for loving desserts

The French eat desserts with impunity while maintaining great silhouettes. And there is nothing fat-free about these desserts! Heavy cream, chocolate, butter, sugar, eggs, candied fruit, almonds, walnut oil: all the rich voluptuous goodies.

Fat has a bad rap in the USA, despite so much serious evidence to the contrary. In France, people enjoy great patisserie and stay svelte! Time to trash fat-free milk and sugar substitutes and embrace real, whole food in moderation!
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Moderation in all is a good thing, to have them once,  just in a while.  It should be balanced with natural vegetable & fruits all the time.
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Not quite "cheeky" yet...

... but getting there, gradually.

I still don't have a scale, it is just something I never had in my life.  Especially now, the idea that I would climb on a machine every day to watch a needle tell me how much weight I have gained is unappetizing.  It kind of makes me feel like a machine myself: so many calories in, so many grams retained in the body.

No way!  Instead, I rely on skin color, eye brightness and, yes!, the gradual reappearance of my cheeks!  Never before had I thought how wonderful cheeks are, what a sign of health & vibrancy & well-being, until I lost mine.

But, with all this French creamy stuff, they are slowly coming back and that is certainly something to smile about.

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+Lisa Watson fat boy slim!
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