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When you are stuck on a net with olives around you you cannot go out and get the news and put it on your blog. It is frustrating but I cannot change things. We have to keep going and collect all the olives now. We have moved to another piece of land. Not that many olives, I believe. I hope. The good thing is, is that the weather is gorgeous ! Sorry if this is boring “news”

I also collected black olives and treated them with salt. I will put them in a place where they can rest and after a while we should be able to eat them. Greek salad here we come !!!

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Waves

Boring !!! We are collecting olives again but it is difficult. We have 8 Beaufort wind !!!

(The photo is from Lia Vogiatzi)

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Think

It is quiet on the island, but it seems, everybody lies in waiting for better weather. The olives harvest is not over. It’s a recess, we need better weather, without rain, to continue. Many people are off the island for their annual holiday. Here on the island most people take their holiday in the fall and winter because they need to be here in summer when visitors are here and money can be made.

What the new year will bring we don’t know. There will be changes, that is for sure but for me those changes are positive. People need to think harder about what works for this island. The island has it all but to be able to interest people to come we cannot rely just on it’s nature, beaches and the sea. Getting more organized, all together, towards eco-friendly holidaying is the way forward I think and let people taste in different way the beauties of this island.

The olives press in Agnondas will have a go at bottling virgin olive oil for customers this year and the idea is to present more products of Skopelos in the future. There are already some olives oil producers on the island who do the same. I hope they make it. From the tree to the customer so you exactly know where your product is coming from. That is what people are looking for nowadays. The pure product. Hopefully more about this in another post.

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Make sure you wear clothes that can absorb olive oil, mud, olives and rain water. Don’t throw away the clothes. You might use them again in a couple of years!

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Olives 2017 Day three

When picking olives a feeling creeps up on you that you should pick up every good olive that is around because “we don’t want to waste one” This feeling is not a good feeling because every very small olive that falls between the slats of our “olive machine” you feel you need to pick up !!!

Today there were just the two of us. Husband and me. Pretty difficult but we managed to do one and a half trees before the rain started to fall quite hard. We collected all the sheets and nets, the buckets and the olives were brought to their resting place. Tomorrow another day….

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Olives 2017 Day two

When picking olives you always have olives leaves that you need to remove so this tool seperates the leaves from the olives. The cleaner the olives, the purer the olive oil.

We did a lot again. beautiful weather and more help from brother in law and nephew. More hands, more work done.

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If you put to many olives on a heap they will press themselves. We put a sheet down and put all the olives on there and fill the bags right before we take them to the olive press.
The first bucket

and the olives we picked after the first day.

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