Six years ago while traveling in Turkey with Robin and JC, we visited Meryemana Evi, where some think the Virgin Mary spent her final years. It might have been the case, since St. John died in nearby Ephesus. As you recall from Sunday School, he was the apostle entrusted with her care.
The “Holy” Figs of Mt. Koressos
The site, located on Mt. Koressos, can be reached by a long, winding drive up the mountain. The ancient, stone house on the site now serves as a chapel.
A “miraculous” waterfall flows nearby, featuring 3 drinking taps. One for health, one for wealth, and one for fertility. They’re not labelled as to which is which, so you drink at your peril.
The gardens and planting inspired us most, especially the many fig trees. Upon returning home, Robin and JC eagerly planted a small fig tree in their backyard. It promptly died, as fig trees are prone to do in these parts. Obviously, the soil and climate on Mt. Koressos is more conducive to fig farming than it is in Missouri.
The Little Fig That Could
Nina (Skif International) also planted a fig tree about the same time. Hers survived and is bearing figs! In a burst of optimism, that often comes with warm weather, Robin got several cuttings from Nina’s tree.
She planted one at her house and two at the farm. The one at her house is thriving. But those at the farm . . . well, not so much. I’m feeding them Miracle Grow. They may need a miracle to grow. We’ll see . . . .