Sunday, December 5, 2021


A parishioner just gave me a bag full of oranges from her tree in Richmond Hill. They are so plentiful as well as lemons she doesn’t know what to do with them all. The lemons are as big as the oranges and with a hint of sweetness. Amazing. The color of Advent in my parish is orange!


rcg said...

We just got a bag of oranges and grapefruits, too. We make marmalade and jams. We also make a marmalade of lemons and ginger. It is wonderful!

John Nolan said...

Don't you have winters over there?

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

Georgia’s weather s similar to Rome and my mother’s city of Livorno. At this time of year we have swings in weather. Last week the highs were in the 40’s. In the last few days almost 80. It is cold in morning and hot in the afternoon. If you look at the mast photo, you’ll see someone in a coat and others in tee shirts. Cold getting up but by the time of the photo, almost 80.

It will be this way until Spring when the weather will be more consistently warm and then hot, even at night. We rarely get snow, but it can happen and everyone goes crazy and everything shuts down even with a prediction of snow and no snow happening!

Georgia is diverse. North Georgia has mountains and thus real winters. Then there is the coast and South Georgia which is more like north Florida.

I don’t know if it has to do with climate change or not, but I had no idea that our region could grow citrus fruit. But it is abundant now in South Georgia. We can also grow olive trees and there is a new olive oil industry developing here. That is a novelty to say the least.