I am starting to feel sore ... but, I had fun this morning! I harvested organic olives for about 2 hours this morning before I went and serviced one of my stores. I would do it again! And, I earned a bottle of last year's vintage organic olive oil. I think it's a 12 oz. bottle. Good size, anyway.
This little grove is about 7 years old - it is on the UCDavis campus. They said that this year's harvest is about triple of last year's. So, even with the drought, it's doing well. All the trees are still small enough to be harvested from the ground (just reach up to pull some of the branches down.) Next year, they may need to use ladders for some of the bigger trees. Basically, we just laid out a huge blue tarp between the rows and pulled the olives off the branches (wearing gripper gloves.) It was very easy. I told them if they have another harvest before the end of the season, I'll be there - I'll get another bottle of olive oil for it! ;)
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Nothing is going to get better. It's not.
~ Theodor Seuss Geisel
Cassia's pups are really getting around now. I think everyone's eyes are open, now. The bigger pups have made their own nest and the smaller ones are still with mama. I love instinct.
Dinner was good. Pork shoulder steaks with fried onions; blueberry muffin cake; and I made a barley drink - that wasn't so good. ;) Ran out of milk. Need to get more tomorrow ...