A few days after Elsie’s party a couple more good friends arrived from Cardiff, Nicki and Callum, who had volunteered to help out for a week in the “Tre Cancelle” olive groves. This was their second visit to Itri.
Sadly this year once again we had no olives. It is not just us, though, it is the same in many of the olive groves in Itri, because there were strong winds back in early May when the trees are in bloom and the flowers failed to set.
We have recently got some workers in to help with some pruning in the lower section of the grove, and they had left behind piles of branches and twigs that littered the ground.
The job in hand was then to chomp out and separate the chunky branches from the smaller twiggy ones, called “frasche”, using pneumatically powered secateurs.
Then all the small branches have to be gathered up and burned.
The burn ferociously because of the amount of oil in the sap.
We all got stuck in and worked our cotton socks off for several days and managed to clear several of the terraces. In fact it became a quite a challenge as to how many terraces we could conquer. Callum is only 14 but he worked so hard. Nicki you should be so proud of him.
However, it wasn’t all work and no play that week.
We all went out for a special birthday meal at the “Casareccia” in Campodimele and were joined once again by our American friends from Ohio, Florisa and Patrizia.
Once again Maria served up copious amounts of wonderful handmade delicacies.
Callum is a keen young cook and whilst staying at Tre Cancelle he made a fabulous chocolate cake.
You can come and stay again Callum !!!
On their last evening we took Callum, Nicki and Kay to the Bellavista.
Here Callum had a one to one lesson in art of pizza making, by the expert himself – Massimo !!!
It’s not as easy as it looks !!! It is all about stretching the dough.
Callum made a special pizza for his mum ……
Thank you Kay, Callum and Nicki
for all your support and hard work during that busy week.
We couldn’t have done it without you !!!
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