Now that my project about Tuscany over the seasons is over, I have decided to start a new project: Tuscany through my eyes. Well, more or less… I am planning on publishing one or more photos of Tuscany every week, and not just some beautiful photos, but images that “match” the way I see my beautiful region at that time of the year. I will publish photos that I have taken and photos that I have not taken but I wish I had! 52 posts to show you Tuscany the way I see it and feel it. Here are the other posts in the series.
Week 49 – The olives are (almost) ready
It is that time of the year again. In my family, once All Saints’ Day has passed, it’s time for the olive harvest. This year, the olives were only “almost ready”. We had a very hot and dry summer, and that didn’t help. But since they started falling off the trees, they had to be picked, even if only very little olive oil came out of the first ones we picked.
Nonna and nonno had a very special helper this year!
The other reason why we wanted to start anyway was that the weather forecast was not very promising for the following few days. If it rains, we cannot pick, and then we also have to wait for a couple of days for the mud to dry.
I am not a huge fan of olive picking: it’s hard work! But I like the colors of the countryside in November.
And the moss looks like it will be ready for our Christmas nativity scene! 🙂 Actually we cannot use it anymore. It is forbidden by the laws for the protection of the environment. But when I was a child, going to gather enough moss for our presepe was so much fun! And the smell was unmistakeable!
If you are interested in visiting Tuscany during the olive harvest, take a look at our vacation house near Siena, Casina di Rosa. We always offer interesting combinations of stay + olive picking and olive oil tasting tours.