Just where does a year go !!! November – Olive Harvesting time again.
By the end of October a good proportion of trees were heavy with olives.
Our friends Kay , Elsie and Karen are regular visitors to “Tre Cancelle” and had volunteered once again to help us out. This time they recruited a new member for their team, Bobbie, who was eager to experience the harvest.
Unfortunately, at the beginning of their stay, the weather was not so helpful, as there were several days of rain and strong winds which scuppered our plans. Thankfully as the week went on the weather began to improve. The girls were keen to get stuck in.
On the first terrace, we spread out the nets around the bases of the trees. Elsie commenced on the higher branches using the mechanical shaker.
Meanwhile the rest of us girls gathered any olives that which we could reach and pick by hand.
Some of the trees had grown over tall, so Paul set about killing two birds with one stone, giving the lofty bushy branches a good prune, which then allowed us to gather the olives from them more easily.
We also set aside the thicker branches which could be used as winter fuel for our wood-burning stove.
The olives were poured into plastic crates to take down to the local olive mill in Itri.
I sorted some lovely plump olives to be cured in brine to make into delicious table olives.
Paul was unable to overdo things, because of his heart condition. He was finding that he tired very quickly. Thankfully, on several days our builder friends also offered their services which was grand as they are a very fit and strong gang.
All photos by me © Louise Shapcott