Podcast #55 Picking Olives

Published in the category General Practice, Special Activities

Recently my wife and I went olive picking. The olive farm belongs to a colleague of my wife. We drove up on a Friday night from Los Angeles to the town of Paso Robles. The next morning we had a big breakfast. We knew we would need lots of energy.

The olive farm was ten minutes from town. About twenty people were there to harvest the olives. We were each given a bucket and a harness to attach the bucket to. Removing olives from a branch is much like milking a cow. You grasp a branch and draw your hand down. You want to remove olives without removing leaves. The olives fall right into your bucket. After three hours of work we broke for lunch. The owner provided a nice barbecue for the pickers. After lunch we picked for an additional three hours.

There were scattered clouds that day with a light breeze. It was about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. We were on a hillside and the views were spectacular. Working with the other pickers was quite sociable. We were all invited to dinner that night at the owner’s house.

It took a solid two weeks for my elbows to feel normal again. But that was a small price to pay for a wonderful experience.

Recently my wife and I went olive picking.

A little while back I went olive picking with my wife.

The olive farm belongs to a colleague of my wife.

The owner of the farm is someone my wife works with.

We drove up on a Friday night from Los Angeles to the town of Paso Robles.

On a Friday night we drove from LA up to Paso Robles.

The next morning we had a big breakfast.

The next day we ate a considerable breakfast.

We knew we would need lots of energy.

We figured we’d be working pretty hard.

The olive farm was ten minutes from town.

The olive farm was a ten-minute drive from town.

About twenty people were there to harvest the olives.

The harvesting crew came to about twenty people.

We were each given a bucket…

We each were handed a bucket…

…and a harness to attach the bucket to.

…and a harness to hang the bucket from.

Removing olives from a branch is much like milking a cow.

Stripping olives from a branch is a lot like milking a cow.

You grasp a branch and draw your hand down.

You take hold of a branch and run your hand down.

You want to remove olives without removing leaves.

The idea is to knock off olives but not remove leaves.

The olives fall right into your bucket.

The olives drop down right into your bucket.

After three hours of work we broke for lunch.

After working for three hours we had a lunch break.

The owner provided a nice barbecue for the pickers.

The owners made a nice barbecue for the workers.

After lunch we picked for an additional three hours.

Following lunch we did three more hours of picking.

There were scattered clouds that day with a light breeze.

There were just a few clouds that day and a gentle breeze.

It was about 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

The temperature was around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

We were on a hillside and the views were spectacular.

The olive trees were on a hillside, giving us fantastic views.

Working with the other pickers was quite sociable.

My wife and I connected socially with our fellow pickers.

We were all invited to dinner that night at the owner’s house.

That night we were all treated to dinner at the owner’s house.

It took a solid two weeks for my elbows to feel normal again.

My elbows were achy for a good two weeks.

But that was a small price to pay for a wonderful experience.

But the wonderful experience was well worth a minor discomfort.

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