Vineyard in January 2018
Nothing to do with the vines but the sun was shining and the tree in the corner of the vineyard was looking lovely!

Olive picking in Italy

November saw a break from the vineyard and a trip to Italy to pick olives on a friends olive grove. There used to be a vineyard on the site but ut was grubbed up this year, there is still an old press on the site located in a cave at the side of the land.

This year the crop was quite small and we only picked 646kg which was pressed into 140 litres of virgin olive oil.

Each crate we picked weighs about 18kg and they feel quite heavy after you’ve lugged them up the field.

Now we’re just waiting for the finished product to be shipped back to the UK for Christmas.

Panoramic views from the house
The olive grove and grubbed up vineyard
Luigi drinking coffee straight from the pot
The electric olive picker makes life a little easier but it does fling the olives all over the place

The olive grove with the trees picked bare
Marco multitasking

A new barn roof and 7 new puppies

We took a break from the fields to start re-roofing the small barn before the weather turns and the winds pick up.

While replacing the metal sheets we took the opportunity to replace a lot of the posts and rafters as the old ones were well over 50 years old. Some had been quite badly damaged by the bulls that have been housed in the barn over the years.

The small barn half way through installing the new roof.
Meg gave birth to 7 new puppies on Saturday 14th October

Just the 6.5km of strimming…

After a hard days work in the pouring rain the site is looking much tidier. Letting the thistles and weeds get so big made the job incredibly hard we certainly wont be letting it get that bad again.

We also learnt it’s pretty difficult to see through safety goggles when they’re covered in debris and rain, unfortunately we didn’t get any pictures of how covered in muck we were.

A much improved site
After topping and strimming 1st week in August

In need of a good tidy up

It’s been a busy few months and that’s meant we haven’t been able to get out and keep the thiustles and weeds under control.

The site is currently a little embarrassing – luckily nobody else can see it!

Thistle growth