We’ve learnt a lot about many things in the last four weeks. We’ve been staying and working with our host Marina and her brothers at their country home, Baronci, near Santa Brigida, Italy. Most of what we’ve learnt has been about olives.
I captured this image while out in the fields creating a record of the farm, and of how much we’ve changed it over those few weeks. While we were ‘cleaning’ the fields we were watching the olives, waiting for them to ripen sufficiently for picking – they like to have about half the fruit on the tree to have turned from green to purple. It’s been a slow process this year because the weather hasn’t been great. But on this day it was warm with a light breeze and these perfect little olives were dancing around in the wind. It was just a few days later that we were able to start picking. And, unlike clearing brambles, picking olives is a delightful experience. For me, this image will always represent that delight.