The Story of our Olive Oil

This was the first year that we were there in October in time for the olive harvest.

olive harvest
Step 1: Harvesting the Olives
olives into mill
Step 2: loading the mill

Here are a few snapshots:   The mechanical process of milling the oil, does heat it to about 26 degrees but that doesn’t do the oil any harm.  Our olives have seen neither fertilizer nor pestizides or herbizides and we are lucky enough to have German neighbours who also go without.

Olivenwäsche
Step 3 – washing the olives
Transportband
Step 4: via conveyor belt to the cleaning station
sorting the olives
Step 5: sorting the olives from branches & leaves
milling the olives
Step 6: milling the olives
olive oil
Finished: the green gold!

The Aftermath of the Storm

Some of you might have heard that on August 18 a terrible storm with winds up to 230 km/h hit us.  It was very frightning. Now, two months later, we are still not finished with the cleaning up.  Where there were forests, the harvesters are coming in to  clear the broken trees.  Every single tree that is not damaged is left alone but most forests are totally gone. The road to us was closed in one direction for nearly 3 weeks.  The road works that were due to commence in August have been postponed to next year.

Sturmschaden Fahrzeug
Three trees on just one vehicle
Storm damage
Most trees were broken half way up.
Sturmschaden
Some towns had to do without power for more than a week
Essl
Our neighbour lost several roofs.

I think the whole area is still in shock.  We all can’t believe how our area has changed.  We can see neighbours we could never see before because the forest that seperated us is no longer there. We ourselves lost a number of trees.  The storm was at midnight and Achim was out at 6 am to clear the road of fallen trees. By the time the fire brigade arrived he was only one tree away from opening a path so we could at least come out in one direction.  Most guests of the pub had to walk home that night because all the roads are blocked.

Here are just a few pictures to give you an impression but it doesn’t do the trouble any justice.

 

Neues aus der Bachlmühle

The Brook millers have always been crazy and now they prove it again.  At the moment we are studying for our boat license and can’t

Aluboot
Mary I

wait to get cruizing.  We just bought two boats. Why two? One for Greece, one for the Danube. Nothing big, just 4.5 meters. What do we want to do with it?  Well, we used to both be divers and Achim now has a fishing license … Furthermore, we live close to the Danube,  a river I’ve loved since my childhood.  I can’t wait to get loaded up and drive the vessle down the river as far as we can.  It’s a very exciting prospect.

First however Mary II has to be renovated and turned into the cute little vessel it once was.  It has the potential to become a real beauty.  No photos yet. You’ll just have to wait a bit.

Another goal we have is to get started on our trailer and turn it into something.  Not sure why, but we have it and we want to use it.  I’d bought it to turn it into a sales trailer for my ayurveda shop but as I have so much to do in the clinic, I really don’t want to burden myself with markets and such. So it’s more likely to be turned into a holiday home. A tiny home so to speak.  A cosy little retreat for us or our visitors.