Sunday, August 10, 2014

Siesta Showdown

The vineyard in front of our home

2pm. Siesta hour. The wrong time to be 
wandering the fields, warn the locals, as
 they flee the heavy heat of the midday sun.

 A green ghost town,
(save for a camera crazed Canadian
rambling around),

where the grape 

and the olive 

battle it out, in a showdown of fruit fire;
boughs shooting still bitter bullets,
vines ablaze with cannonballs of juice.

The Chapel of St. Irene, sits on the property next to ours.

 Needless to say,
both pray, to keep the rain at bay;

the grape, for fear of drowning its flavour away,

 while waterlogged olives 
cringe at the thought of decay!

 In the end,
better to be friends than foes,
 they thought, so they joined forces,
 and together, they faithfully 
fought the watery war against
decomposition and rot,
and only then, did they, too,
 surrender to siesta.

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  1. You have such a gorgeous view, Poppy and your house is just beautiful. I'd love to be surrounded by grape-vines and olive trees.
    Have a wonderful week!

  2. Dear Poppy, so many beautiful photographs. The golden grapes look ready for picking. We are both very lucky in that we have a lot of nature around us to keep us happy. Only we are oceans apart.

  3. I love the view from your house, so beautiful. It looks all so quiet and silent and hot.......

  4. . . . lovely photos . . . lovely words . . .

  5. Oh, POppy... I have to say that I feel so happy of having such a cosy and relaxed walk in this afternoon grace to your precious post with wonderful views... such pleasant siesta, indeed!! Even in the canicular air... so true, too!! How lovely landscapes and sights with vineyards and olives - do you have! Gorgeous, so gorgeous to have a good time for relaxation! Have a pleasant week, also and all the best till new news!

  6. Oh Poppy, I can feel the stifling air about you as you took those photos at the start of the siesta hour (and admire you for facing the heat to provide us such a tour). Your home and its setting are simply beautiful. . .it helps keep fading daydreams alive for some of us~ Have a wonderful week ahead! xxJ.

  7. I love this! I know exactly what that time of day feels like, especially in the valley here where the grapes are grown. It's so hot and still but peaceful and it's nice to out there alone with nature. Thanks for sharing.

  8. It does look hot there...time to cool off : )

  9. Those grapes look so good. I wish we had a siesta time here. I saw where Dr. Oz says it is good for your health. Hope you have a good week too.

  10. Love this, as usual, Poppy!! The ebb and flow of your words wash over me and soothe me right into siesta time.....:) Thanks for sharing...zzzzzzz

  11. I love a bright cheerful home and lots of sunshine. But a rainy day is welcome sometimes too...and that's what we have today! Enjoy your day my friend and the week ahead! Hugs!

  12. How lovely. Our grapes are still hard green little lumps, but seeing these gives me hope that they will ripen and perhaps this will be the year that they will be edible!! xx

  13. Ah, instead of Mad Dogs and Englishmen going out in the noonday sun, it's a camera crazed Canadian roaming about during siesta hour, brave soul that Poppy is! So you've never adapted to all the local customs? Personally, I've always thought that siesta time sounded nice, but then I would have missed all the beautiful scenery that you and your camera capture.

  14. Gorgeous, gorgeous photos Poppy! The pictures of the grape vines and the olive trees are just beautiful. My son has a Bible with the cover made out of olive wood. He got it when he was quite young. I've always kept it because I was intriqued by the cover.


  15. Hey Poppy,
    What beautiful scenery you are surrounded by...and you are so faithful to share it with the rest of us. I can almost taste those beautiful...awesome pictures..
    Love, Mona

  16. OH my goodness, what glorious beauty you face as you walk out, look out your windows and doors. I cannot imagine this kind of stunning scenes, never, ever, and so grateful I am to be a friend of the wonderful person named Poppy. You are one very blessed lady and so giving of your time in sharing the beauty. Hugs to you precious one~

  17. I never get tired of seeing your house and all the beauty you're surrounded by - incredible! And speaking of 2 PM siesta is now 2 PM on Sunday here and guess what I'm going to do now? ;-)

  18. Oh Poppy, your photo's are terrific. I feel like I go pick a few grapes right out of the computer, yum.
    I'm with everyone else - a Siesta in the afternoon. I almost take one everyday - keeps me a young and frisky 79 year gal, who loves life.
    Everything is so beautiful - have a wonderful day, my friend.

  19. Siesta sounds wonderful to me! Your photographs are incredible! You always send more than sunshine!

  20. Hello Poppy, you do have a lovely way with the words.. I love your images, the grapes look delicious.. I am happy you braved the heat to share these wonderful photos with us.. Wishing you a happy week ahead!

  21. HELLO Poppy

    Thank you for enduring the mid day sun and giving us such great images of life in your beautiful corner of the world. It always seems to be a matter of balancing the rain. There is either too much or a drought.
    Hope your week is special. St Irene's looks to be a good neighbour.

    Helen xx

  22. Hello dear Poppy
    Oh what a beautiful place you live in - grape vines and olive trees - you've got it all!
    The sun always seems to be shining and the sky is always blue - I could easily live there too!
    Wishing you a very happy week until we catch up again!

  23. Gorgeous vineyards and olive groves, Poppy. Such a rich landscape surrounds you. I hope the rain stays away so that the crops are extra good. Have a wonderful week, my friend.

  24. What a beautiful area you live in! Isn't it wonderful to have vineyards and olive trees? That's what I always think when I drive through our area. No one thinks of siesta here - very un-American, I think. Since I am European, a good siesta is almost holy to me. *grin*

  25. I'm so glad you braved the heat to take those amazingly sunny pictures for us!

  26. I love your words Poppy "Siesta Showdown" beautiful scenes your walks are wonderful I'm there in spirit. :)

  27. Such beautiful photos.... thank you for sharing a glimpse of your world with us.... very different from what we see. :)

  28. I love it all Poppy……….the house, the vineyards and olive groves, the mountains and sea. Can I be a neighbor……….but only if there's a/c, haha!

    The chapel is so pretty too - I bet the farmers congregate there to pray for perfect weather for the crops.

    Lovely pics of such a beautiful place. Enjoy each precious day.

  29. I love the fact that your posts are not only beautiful but informative too. Like I did not know that rain could wash away the flavor of grapes.


    1. Hi Tanya,

      Thanks for stopping by. I'm also learning quite a bit about growing grapes, myself. Here's a site that I find very helpful, if you're interested.

      Have a great week!


  30. I'm with Tanya. I didn't know that either, but I suppose it makes sense. That's why they're grown typically in dry climates!

    The grapes look gorgeous, and the picture of the olive trees is something out of a fairy tale!

  31. Such a beautiful look at your surrounding views of your valuable crops! We have very few grapevines in our area, perhaps too much rain I am now wondering... They do well in Fresno which is dry. Also the olive trees grow well in the desert of Israel so this makes sense too.... Have a happy Monday Poppy!

  32. I love the way you worded this post and thank you for the beautiful pictures. Your home is stunning with the view of the mountains in the background.

    I never knew that rain was a detriment to grapes and olives. Interesting! I won't be doing a rain dance for you today! :)

    Thanks always for stopping at my blog and leaving such nice comments!


  33. The views! Poppy, lovely such views!Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...

  34. Wow Poppy how beautiful the front of your house looks! I love the grapes and the olives! It must be wonderful to go out on your walks and take such nice photos. Have a wonderful week.

  35. Just lovely, Poppy! How nice to have a vineyard in front of your home and all those beautiful grapes.

  36. Wow, what a beautiful post, Poppy! But then, you always have beautiful posts filled such gorgeous photography of your home and its surroundings. The little chapel sitting in the midst of all that greenery reminded me of the little white stucco "box-shaped" abodes that we saw in Spain surrounded by olive groves. Such simple beauty.

  37. Poppy, mam nadzieję,że pogoda dopisała i mogliście zebrać winogrona i oliwki. Piękne kiście winogron i gaje oliwne, a to wszystko wokół Ciebie, masz wielkie szczęście:)

  38. What a beautiful walking tour. So brave to go out during Siesta. I guess you were very quite!
    Your shots and subjects were lovely.
    Thanks for sharing the beauty.

  39. Thanks for another beautiful glimpse of your world! Never knew what an olive tree looked like....ancient looking!

  40. I see a good reason for a siesta in this mid-day heat - but, I too would be exploring! Too much beauty! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,


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