Illistrated Olive Farm - Carol Drinkwater
Appassionata, the beautiful Provencal olive farm whose terraced slopes fall steeply towards the Mediterranean is the backdrop to The Illustrated Olive Farm, this newly written, sumptuously illustrated companion to Carol Drinkwater's best-selling trilogy. Many of the well-loved locations as well as her large cast of supportive and engaging characters make their appearances.
Local customs, hidden beaches, fairs, seasons, off-the-beaten track details of the Provencal way of life are richly recounted and illustrated. The delights of living in this corner of France are vividly described, the culinary and vinous pleasures, the heat, the searing colours, as well as the more challenging aspects: the physical labour of husbanding olives and bringing their oil to the coveted AOC standard; the daily wrangles with wild boars which tumble the drystone walls in their search for edible roots and snails; the vagaries of climate. Carol invites us to share with her the joys of family, dogs, the arrival of bees, her passion for nature, as well as her quest to make this olive farm pay its way.
The text by Carol and photographs by Carol and her husband Michel make this book a glorious affirmation of a life lived to the full.