This January, Paso Robles, and much of California has suffered from one of the dryest winters on record. Normally, at this time of year, the grasses and wild flowers (otherwise known as weeds) would be enough feed for our 5 free-ranging cows. We were on target for winter rainfall at the end of November, but the surprisingly dry months subsequent dried up what should have been growing. While the days have been particulary beautiful, with incredible clarity and warm temperatures, we were hoping for more rain!
And boy! Can you see the growth in the olive trees! I love this photo, of Bede running down the road with El Cid hot on his heels! In December, we harvested 1,500 pounds of olives, yielding a little over 100 litres of extra-virgin estate olive oil. Not alot of oil! But this was typical for olive trees this year, many of our friends with trees didn’t have a single olive, so we are thankful the little amount of oil we did harvest! Next in the vineyard? Building cold frames for the garden, ordering more bees and to continue pruning (as well as spraying the BD sprays and trapping the pesky gophers).