Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Oranges, Oranges

I have oranges,

oranges and


more oranges.


We are busy picking oranges as they are very ripe right now and we don't want them to go to waste. If you lived near me, I would tell you to grab a bag and get picking so you could take a bag home.

This entire area was once all orange groves. When my parents moved to Covina in the 1950s, my mom said you could smell the blossoms in the air this time of year. Well, I can smell the blossoms as my trees are bursting forth and there is nothing like the heady scent of orange blossom. I love to open my windows and left the fragrance in.
                                        

This is an old postcard and that is the valley I live in now with  Mount Baldy in the background. It is actually snow covered right now.


This entire area was full of packing plants and they all had beautiful packing labels that were literally works of art.
Vintage postcards depict early life in Southern California.

The girls and I are making orange juice today. It is like drinking liquid sunshine.

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18 comments:

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Oh my how wonderful to have all that luciousness in you backyard. I am drooling with envy. Love the vintage postcards and the look of the fresh squeezed juice. ~~Sherry~~

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

I miss California so much!
I lived there for 10 years!
I miss green!! I can't wait for spring!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Nothing like fresh-squeezed orange juice. I love the smell of orange blossoms. I carried orange blossoms and white tulips at my wedding, so they always remind me of our wedding day.

Shannan said...

HOly Cow!! I found you through TGP.

We are such huge lovers of fresh, in-season citrus but since we have always lived in the PacNW - we have never had real live oranges growing near us. Orange blossom is my favorite scent!! You are so lucky.

Jo said...

how lucky you are to have orange trees ...

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That makes my mouth water! We have strawberries in season here in Florida...what a joy! I love living where you can have fresh fruit! ♥ Love the cowboy postcard! ♥

Sue said...

I grew up in Northridge (SF Valley) and we had 11 or 12 orange trees in our yard. We drank fresh juice all the time, but I loved the smell of the blossoms best of all.

=)

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

When I lived in So. Fla., the attorney I worked for owned an orange grove. It was magical! I'll never forget how beautiful it was....

Anna said...

Very pretty post, those are great postcards - must be awesome to live somewhere pretty enough to be one one. And I always love old fruit crate labels, they really are works of art.

Ann said...

Love your post today. The postcards are great, how wonderful to have them and live in the same valley. Your juice looks lucious.
Ann

LV said...

Loved seeing the vintage postcards on the orange trees. I wish I was there to help gather them. I would dearly love that.

Coloradolady said...

What a great post. If I lived closer, I'd want to help gather up all this wonderful fruit....what a great post. Happy VTT!

RNSANE said...

The smell of orange blossoms is wonderful. I lived a couple of years in Florida -and one in Orange County - and it was always a delight to smell them. I also loved the night blooming jasmine.

Jami said...

Lucky, Lucky you! And what a great way to post about them with the vintage postcards- lovely. So glad you hooked up to the TGP!

-Jami
An Oregon Cottage

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

OH! I love oranges!!! How awesome to have them fresh from your own trees. Hm...our Georgia home is a wee bit of a ways from your California home...otherwise, I would love to take a few of them off your hands :o)

And oh, the fragrance of the orange blossoms must be amazing!

Blessings & Aloha!

Jenny said...

Oh, that orange blossom fragrance is unbelievable!

Do you freeze your OJ?

Our neighbors set up a long cafeteria table and lots of juicers and they have their kids juice and juice and then pack the juice into freezer ziploc bags that they freeze on cookie trays and then stack flat.

I love that idea. I keep wanting to get a chest freezer so I can do things like that!

Thanks for a lovely stop on our journey through Alphabe-Thursday's letter 'U'.

I enjoyed my visit here today.

A+

Amy @ Homestead Revival said...

Oh, you are BLESSED!! I believe I'm north of you and up in the mountains were all that white stuff is! I'd love to be able to grow oranges, or lemons, or limes. or avocados... only in my dreams. However, what a joy to have apples, cherries, and lots of berries! I'll work on being content with those and trade you some!

Thanks for linking up to the Barn Hop!

laurie said...

those are beautiful blossums and I have to admitt,, living as a child in Northern Canada oranges were treat in the winter,, we always had one in our stocking at christmas, ,, of course by the time I was a teen oranges were an everyday fruit but there is nothing like a good orange is there,,

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