Category Archives: Growing Olives

On the longest day of the year

by cheri sabraw …we ventured into the olive orchard to inspect the trees, their tiny olives, and the gorgeous view. We remembered the erudite and classy Charles Krauthammer, who so many in public life, might try to emulate. His wit, … Continue reading

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March Miscellany

by cheri Our friends Don and Donna came for an overnight visit last weekend in order that Don (a lifelong citrus nurseryman) could help the good judge to prune his 58 olive trees before they start to bud. Donna and … Continue reading

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I’m going, stag.

by cheri block I drove home yesterday (carefully with a modified boot on my injured foot) from a birthday lunch with my sister and her husband. Still warm with the pot roast and mashed potatoes inside, I gingerly stepped out … Continue reading

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Hogwarts in the Olive Orchard

by cheri sabraw Those of you who have been hanging around my blog for four years will remember my photo montage and accompanying description of the Bird Man of Sunol, Irv’s, building us a custom owl box and installing it … Continue reading

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Gravity at the Rancho

by cheri After a winter of heavy rain and blustery winds, our 58 olive trees, growing on the hillside in three levels of terracing, have suffered mightily. Planted seven years ago from 15-gallon containers, the trees are large and loaded … Continue reading

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Fermentation

by cheri sabraw We are olive farmers. The harvest and press are six weeks away. Our olives are plump, sucking water like long-distance runners, so close to the finish line. The smell of olives reduced to particulates, oil, and yes, … Continue reading

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Security Sisters

by cheri I remember when Charles Schultz suggested that  security was “a thumb and a blanket.” For me, security is still closely related to touch and sound. Things soft–my lambs wool robe, downy slippers, Italian cotton blouses, and silk pillowcases. … Continue reading

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Rancholivo at last

by cheri sabraw Buddhist masters sit still on cushioned floors, inhaling and exhaling, practicing the art of nothingness. They attempt to disentangle their minds from thought and desire, from attachment and emotion. In their linen robes, they forsake the material … Continue reading

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Olive the olives are ready to go…are we?

by cheri sabraw The olive tree has been growing on  earth for 6000-7000 years. It is believed to have first sprouted in  Persia and  Mesopotamia (the Fertile Crescent),  soon finding firm and fertile ground in what is today’s modern Syria … Continue reading

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Hobby Farmers’ Assault: Our Olive Update

by cheri arbequina sabraw Last month, we learned from our host Umberto at La Chiusa in Montefollonico, Italy that the olive fruit fly, too, had obliterated his entire harvest last year. In fact, the fly had stung most of the … Continue reading

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