Firstly I’d like to thank you for making my 500th post such a special event. More people than ever before joined in with a post about the foliage in their garden, or a particular plant or foliage seen on a visit to an arboretum or a nursery. If you haven’t read them all you can find the links in yesterday’s post.
An update is due about the olive oil. Not good news I’m afraid. The yield was low, there was 23 kg about 35 litres of oil from just over 200 kg. Last year we had about the same weight of olives but had 28 kg of oil. But worse, the taste of the oil isn’t great; the oil I have left from two years ago that I’ve been cooking with tastes much better than the new oil. We have about 5 litres of last year’s wonderful oil, which has kept its flavour well. I’ll be using that for salad dressings and pouring on soup and use the new oil for cooking. Many people aren’t even bothering to harvest this year and many areas that usually have very high quality oil are saying that there is only enough for home use and won’t be selling any. I’m sure the world market won’t be affected as it won’t have been a bad area everywhere. Don’t feel too sorry for me as at least I know my oil is without chemical residues and it is always special to use our own knowing that even this year’s oil is a much better product than you can buy easily in the supermarket.
The slope looks much as last week, so just a couple of images for the record.
The weather has changed; the wind is blowing from the north and the temperature has dropped by about 10° C from last week. This is a big change; usually when I enter the house after being in the garden it feels pleasantly cool, since yesterday when I walk in it feels very noticeably warmer than outside, almost as if the heating was on, but it isn’t quite cold enough for that yet, but maybe a cosy fire at the weekend! I know many of you have already experienced frosts but was there a day when you suddenly knew that summer was no more?!