At last, two and a half days after leaving the Welsh Hovel I have arrived at the Greek Hovel. Can I top last night’s views of the Acropolis? Yes I can!
The second view is that down the drive where, underneath, the clouds you can see (or can’t today) the High Taygettos. The first is from the back of the hovel on the upstairs balcony toup towards the mountains behind us, also covered in cloud. It has been raining quite a bit and the puddles on the track up to the hovel are deep. But it is dry today and about 15 degrees. What you really want to know, of course, is what the olive harvest looks like.
The bad news is that buying prices are, it seems, down again. And that makes the economics of hiring in Albanians to help pick, even less attractive. The good news is that the trees seem to be full of olives, as you can see below, which seem to be a bit larger than they were last year. So, God willing, myself and three volunteers, the first of whom arrives tonight, should deliver a good to very good crop. Fingers crossed.