I’m still trying to understand why exactly. But I like to include your comment in my thought cycles.
On the one hand, I don’t want to starve anybody. Especially not a well-loved tree and her olive children. I do know that a tree will produce more blossom when she thinks she’s dying (a kind of last resort to reproducing). But as you can guess that’s not what I’m after.
On the other hand, water cycles are complex beings as well. Everybody looks at rain only, but groundwater, dew, and shade are all factors. Holding water in the soil is much prefered to having to feed the tree drop by drop. Permaculture teaches us to create living soil and then mulch it. Never leave it bare so it stays moist. I love that.
However, my fascination began by the oh so ugly hoses going through the branches. Hahaha. A sore to my eye! Those beautiful orchards killed by ugly black snakes.
And then, the mythology crept in.
A story came.
I’m glad it gives you some memories…