Yesterday we went to church to help out with the olive picking there. It was quite an interesting experience. As you can tell from the pictures the weather has really turned chilly here in the mornings.
Here is a picture of Fra Giovanni getting down the nets from the shed.
These are some of the 150 trees that need to be picked.
And here are some of the many thousands of olives. They are mainly pressed into olive oil.
The first step is to spread out nets underneath the trees to catch the olives.
Here is a shot of the nets spread around two trees. The trees are now ready for picking.
The tools used to pick the olives resemble plastic sand rakes. The way they work is by combing the branches and raking the olives off the branches onto the ground.
As you can see they work quite well. Some of the olives on the nets.
After the tree is cleaned we loaded the olives into the cart.
We went through the olives by hand and picked out the biggest peices of banches and other debris. Look at all those olives!
Lastly we dumped the cart full of olives onto tarps to allow them to stay cool and dry until they're pressed in a few days.
One other picture that doesn't have anything to do with olives is this picture of the Kiwi vines. They're loaded......and ready for picking as well.