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Photo article from the Greek Hovel – pondering the December 2023 olive harvest

Tom Winnifrith
Thursday 13 April 2023

I hope that heroic T will be back for his third harvest with me this December but I am still looking for up to 4 other volunteers to join us. Free accommodation at the hovel is provided for any volunteer prepared to harvest for about a week. We dine in Kambos and it is fun. Honest.

The great unknown is whether the harvest will be good or bad. The photos below suggest that the trees have plenty of blossom which is, I think, a good sign. A long cold winter has not harmed them and copious amounts of rain will have been a good thing. I am doing some basic pruning and fertilising many trees in the way only a man can do.

But God always has his little jokes: plagues of lies, hailstones in May, winds in the Autumn or a terribly dry summer.  Any of them can turn a good year into a rotten one. I will have more idea of the eventual outcome when I return in the summer but it looks as if T and I, and anyone else who wants to contact me, will have enough to keep us busy.  


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About Tom Winnifrith
Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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