At the olive mill

Posted: December 31, 2020 in Uncategorized
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We had the best Christmas possible under Covid, Zooming with family who would have been here and sharing time with family we haven’t spent Christmas with in years. Tonight we’ll be FaceTime-ing with friends from Illinois, then tomorrow is not only another day, but another year, something I know we’ve all been waiting for.

Our daughter had some time off and slipped out of California to visit us, although her husband had to stay home and work. So yesterday we drove to Queen Creek Olive Mill for some coffee and mother-daughter time before she headed back to the west coast.

The outdoor area is in an olive grove shaded by olive trees and where there are several Christmas tree-shaped trees guarded by two lions. The trees are decorated for Christmas, the lion thankfully not. But this lion doesn’t look too happy, probably because…

…with post-dawn temperatures in the upper 30’s it’s not exactly the African savanna and it’s a bit chilly sitting outside even with a hot mocha. These gas fires are very cheerful and look nice and warm, but we found that they really aren’t, so we sat on the covered patio which had standing heaters as well as heaters above us. It was so toasty we were able to take of our jackets and just enjoy our drinks. It was lovely.

Yes, the trees have olives, but don’t eat one off the tree. Until they’re cured and fermented, they’re very bitter as my husband discovered in Provence years ago when his sister gave him an olive right off the tree. Siblings!

Since meals and snacks are served here, there are crumbs and where there are crumbs, there are those who try to help clean them up, whether or not they’re being paid.

Relaxing in the sunshine (with additional heat as needed), enjoying time with my daughter while sipping a mocha topped with whipped cream, surrounded by cute little birds and stone lions, admiring the bougainvillea…life is good. Let’s pray that 2021 will be the same.

  1. This looks like the perfect place for a mother/daughter get together. I’ve been wishing for cold weather and snow, and this morning when I woke up I saw a white world staring back at me. There’s still flurries slowly dancing their way down from the sky. Happy New Year from Sweden!

    • If I weren’t in Arizona, I’d be wishing for lots of snow myself. I admit that I do miss winter even though I’m also enjoying the warmth. Summer, when it’s so hot here, is like winter in other places…when most people don’t go out. I always went out a lot in winter, but every place has its good points, doesn’t it?

      Happy New Year to you and yours as well!

  2. restlessjo says:

    Let’s hope. 🙂 🙂 Wishing you a healthy and happy 2021, Janet!

  3. ledrakenoir says:

    Inspiring captured – best 2021 wishes for you and yours. 🙂

  4. peggyjoan42 says:

    Ah – a nice day between mother and daughter. Great Glad you girls had some quality time together in person.

  5. Great that your daughter was able to visit you!

  6. ladysighs says:

    It’s not the where we celebrate.
    It’s the who we celebrate with.

    (I never liked olives but enjoyed the pictures. 😉

    • That’s true. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos and you don’t have to like olives to enjoy the mill or even to find things there to buy. They have wonderful fresh pasta too for instance. 🙂


  7. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful day with us, Janet. I’m confident 2021 will be a better year. That lion does look like he’d appreciate a scarf.

  8. beth says:

    great and how lucky! happy new year to all

  9. Lisa says:

    I’m so happy you had a nice visit with your daughter for Christmas. We’ve all become creative and, I hope more forgiving, when finding new ways to celebrate in safe and careful ways. Happy New Year. 🙂

  10. marianallen says:

    Sounds like a lovely time. Good for you, for making it work. Daughters are great!

  11. Dharatandon says:

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  12. What a lovely venue for you to meet up with your daughter. Love the cute crumb catcher.

  13. Beautiful post — and a very encouraging voice for entering the new year. I, too am praying for a much happier, brighter year, and, most certainly, prayer and the Lord’s mercy are the only things that will make it so. Happy New Year, Janet.