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Oranges of Andalucia

SPRING IN ANDALUCIA : ORANGES EVERYWHERE

 

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Oranges are everywhere in Andalucía at this time of year. Juicy sweet and sour mandarinas and naranjas are dropping from trees lining narrow lanes and bustling avenues, painting groves along the highways and brightening local carmens (traditional, walled gardens of Andalucía). How lucky it seems to be Andalucian and live every spring under this citrus blanket! I love this painting “Gitana de la Naranja” by Julio Romero de Torres. And this poem by much loved Spanish writer Federico García Lorca who grew up near here:

 

LOLA

Under the orange-tree

she washes baby-clothes.

Her eyes of green

and voice of violet.

Ay, love,

under the orange-tree in bloom!

The water in the ditch

flowed, filled with light,

a sparrow chirped

in the little olive-tree.

Ay, love,

under the orange-tree in bloom!

Later, when Lola

has exhausted the soap,

young bullfighters will come.

Ay, love,

under the orange-tree in bloom!

 
 

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