Days in the countryside - The lemon grove

Trip Start Mar 09, 2012
Trip End Mar 19, 2012

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Flag of Greece  , Peloponnese,
Thursday, March 15, 2012

Monday 12th March dawned - not a sunny as I'd like!  But this is the start of a working week so first a trip to Pylos by the 8.30 bus with the aim of discussing, planning and paying for work at the Lamda and Delta Olive Groves.  

In Greece it is easy to mix business with pleasure and a business discussion over coffee by the sea is much nicer than a video conference!  I still need some help with translation, but on this occasion we speak mainly in Greek, and agree work to be carried out to remove the large swathes of bamboo by the river bordering the grove.  I like bamboo, and would love to find a use for the amount I grow, but that has not been possible and sometimes I must take action to prevent it from destroying other plant life.

With business completed there was time to enjoy a walk through the town.  The steep hills test my stamina but I love to see the variety of buildings and wonder at some of their precarious positions on the hillsides overlooking the Navarino bay.

 Later I return to Methoni and walk again, dropping in to the Internet Cafe and generally seeing who is around.  In the early evening I take photos to friends and also arrange for company for work at the Lemon Grove tomorrow.  Last night I had eaten at the Pizzeria which was open for the weekend, so this evening I will go to one of the restaurants close to the sea.

Tuesday 13th:  Will it rain too much or not?

I am up by 7.00 am and out by 8.00 when the shops open.  I need wellington boots, sturdy gloves, a saw and food and water from the bakery.  All obtained easily with time to spare for a coffee and brief chat at a coffee shop in the town centre before I meet my workers at 9.00 am.  They are waiting, even though I am a little early, and we set off, with a slight change of plan to obtain a lift from a relative with a pick-up truck.  First stop is for fertilizer - 10 sacks seems about right to me; it is several years since I have been able to fertilize my remaining lemon trees.  

5 hours later, we have fertilized over 100 trees, cleared undergrowth including some quite sturdy wild olive trees, vines and brambles, from around 15 trees and I've also cleared around the small farm house a bit.

We have no lift home so need to walk to the main road. Luckily the rain held off and the weather is improving.

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