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Same old story

Olive trees have their own beauty

Olive trees have their own intrinsic beauty

This morning our geometra introduced a man who was supposedly interested in looking after our olive grove as a going concern.

He was elderly, with a tracheostomy which made it difficult to understand him.

We established the bottom line very quickly: he’s willing to prune the trees if we pay him, but he isn’t interested in labouring in exchange for the harvest.

Having told our geometra very clearly what we were looking for, this was disappointing.

Properties are still valued in terms of how many olive trees there are on them, the whole region is obsessed with olive oil and how precious it is, and yet the yield isn’t enough to cover the expenses of cultivation.

Olives can’t be called a crop, I pointed out. It’s all hype.

Neither of them disagreed.

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