There is no doubt that COVID19 has brought great sadness and stress to many families across Australia. Lockdown and social isolation are both difficult and lonely. Even in such times, I find what Australians do best is make the most of every situation no matter how hard. One of the upsides for me is now having the time to get back to nature and enjoy the little things that I would otherwise not have time to do.
Something I'm really getting pleasure from is getting outside in the garden and picking ripe fruit & vegetables from our vege patch. Some much needed local rain has given some of the olive trees on the property a kickstart and they have produced plentiful fruit. I'm not sure of the variety but they look and taste like kalamata olives to me.
After a joint effort picking them, I now have bucketloads of olives that I am brining and getting ready to store in the pantry for the next twelve months. It involves a laborious process of changing the brine every second day for a month. Normally, I wouldn't have the time to even attempt this but now can. I look forward to enjoying the fruits of my labour over the next twelve months as we enjoy eating them. I will upload some photos when I have the final product but in the meantime, here are some images of the olives on the tree being picked and sorted.
I hope you all in our community can find some silver linings during COVID19 lockdown. I'd love to hear what you're all doing to keep yourselves entertained. And I just want to say I hope you and your loved ones are safe and the strain of this time isn't too much to bear.
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