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25 March 2010 @ 12:41 am
O L I V E S ! ! !  

SOOoooo... those of you that are following the saga will know that we run an olive grove, and this year is our first year that we have been able to make a harvest. Olive trees traditionally take 7 years to fruit. This is a dry run - it's not a huge harvest (they're more like teenagers lol) but next year we'll have a full harvest. Anyway, it's given us the opportunity to see what it's like to actually harvest our crop.

And there were still a hue frakking amount of olives.

There are two harvests - early and late. So we'll have to come back in a few weeks and do this all again, but for the moment - PICTURES...

Welcome to Maria River Estate (Oaklands) - you can just see the olive grove in the background just to the right of centre..

Here you go - the olive grove - it extends further both to the left and right but it's actually hard to get a good angle on it LOL. That tiny speck in the distance is Steve - already picking olives waaaaaaaay down the row. We have close on a couple of thousand trees -  and we hand pick our olives which means nets - rakes and hands :D

An olive tree! well, technically they're 'bushes' but if you ask me they're becoming pretty big damn bushes. And yes, that is a puppy hiding under it. Buddy is 'helping'.

OLIVES! Here you can very clearly see he early and late harvests. The black ones will be picked now - the green one's we'll come back for in a week or so.

This is Steve - picking olive. You can see here how big the trees are getting lol.

After a while we realised that YEP nets were definitely a good idea considering it is difficult as frak to find olives in all that grass. Best. Idea. Ever.

So - hours and hours and HOURS AND HOURS later, we can has OLIVES. Totally have sunstroke too - but still OLIVES. We've got a whole stack of olives, some are table fruit and some are for oil.

Here you can see the different sorts of olives quite clearly.

And just do give you an idea of their size :D

That's totally all from me tonight. UTTERLY EXHAUSTED.
A work in progress: Sun Splendourancarett on March 24th, 2010 12:23 pm (UTC)
That is SO COOL! I bet you're exhausted. But it's SO COOL!
Emma: Fine Frenzyemosweet on March 24th, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC)
This looks pretty cool, and edible ;D
I helped harvesting Mangoes a few years ago, it was fun and messy!
Jess: SG1 - Sam ItLoDlhinneill on March 24th, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC)
That's awesome! I love olives so much. :)
the_doppelgänger_sporadic: natureoboetheres on March 24th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)

Those pictures (especially the first one) are pretty too :-D

Would it be OK for me to try to make some nature icons out of them? If I ended up with anything that I actually use I would definitely credit you...
Lanna: dr00d Dance!lanna_kitty on March 24th, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
ohhh those look nummy.
eh - no subject - doylefan22 on March 24th, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC) (Expand)
aletheia08: BSG frakking medalaletheia08 on March 24th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
A thousand trees + hand picking olives? WOW!

Very pretty pictures!
kat_rowe: yumkat_rowe on March 24th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)

what a gorgeous harvest. your olives are almost as big as your spiders ;p here, we're only just starting to get hoop houses ready to use and it'll be probably a month before we can get crops in the ground.

those olives, though... *has the munchies now*
Miss Leah: Mary - strike a pose37_soul_sister on March 25th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
AWESOME! I love olives!
ubiquitous_girlubiquitous_girl on March 25th, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
Yum!! :D

Those are some awesome pics!
sidhe1sidhe1 on March 25th, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
birdgirl78: Stephen_carbirdgirl78 on March 26th, 2010 11:49 am (UTC)
That has to feel so good (the harvest, not the exhaustion)
*huggles you and then tucks you in*
So happy to see you!