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Location: Cyprus

We moved to Cyprus around 6 years ago to a small village 26 people at present but I needed to find a hobbie to engage in. Then one day it just fell into place I was sitting by a pool getting restless after an hour there was little little old lady who was removing olives from a tree with a long stick with a combe attached she did not tell me at the time she had a 4x4 truck hiding around the back of the trees she needed help putting the 16 sacks of olive's in the truck weighing around 40 kilos each, then taking me on to the olive mill for the olives to be processed 3 hours later I had my very first gallon of pure virgin olive oil free I might add, the upshot of all this is that the olive trees need a good flow of air and sunlight and the removal of old branch's. Over the next few months we have 3 olive trees they needed taking care of a new chainsaw is now on the list. Now the first thing that got to me was this sweet smell when cutting as most of branch's were around 40 years old. There is one tree that is very old I have been told that to cut this right back you have to be a madman ? which can be done, just think of the 3 foot diameter trunk with 2 six inch branch's protruding from the top of trunk, anyway I did it and it really looked so sorry for it's self a few weeks later I mentioned that I would removed the whole trunk as well, but if you could see the look I got they were not very happy or impressed they told me it is illegal you will get a very heavy fine also a prison term if you go ahead Ok I took heed from the masters they know better it's the lifeblood of the culture dating back centuries. Forward 6 years on the tree looks fantastic it is my main olive tree and is called the wise old olive tree as it gives back so much back, oil olives and plenty of olive wood stock for me to handle my hobbies and that is just one main tree there are around 300 hundred trees to take care of. I will not bore you any more info as that is the first part of the adventure.

-- Pete Cyprus

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#1 posted 05-11-2020 02:29 AM

What a great story, I would love to see pictures of your olive trees. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- Leafherder

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