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Olive harvest

It will soon be time for the olive harvest.

Olives on the tree closest to the house

Olive trees produce a good crop generally every other year, like some fruit trees. This is the year the crop should be good and there were a lot of flowers on the trees, but unfortunately the rain hit exactly wrong and the flowers weren’t fertilised.

There are a few olives here and there, on some branches and some sides of the trees, although whether there’ll be enough for our neighbour even to bother I’m not sure. The only thing he’s done in the grove all year is mow the grass once, so he won’t have lost out much.

I’m amazed at his knowledge about the trees. There are different varieties, all with their different characteristics, and he identifies them from a distance and rattles off their names so fast that I can’t remember them.

  1. November 1, 2012 at 12:53 am

    A perfect Olive Branch extended 🙂

    • Damaris
      November 1, 2012 at 2:21 am

      All we need is the flood and we’ve been getting that – torrential rain!

      • November 1, 2012 at 3:25 am

        😦 sorry we did try to KILL IT

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