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Newsletter – February 2017

Click here to read the February 2017 Newsletter, with news of my adventures in and out of the grove…


Interview on Tasmania ABC Radio Drive Show

I was interviewed by the lovely Helen Shield for Tasmania’s ABC Radio Drivetime show, broadcast just before Christmas. It was a fun experience, if a bit scary! If you’ve got 7 minutes, have a listen and find out a bit more about what we’re doing at the moment, how we got here, and what the future may hold!


Want to get involved and be able to try our fabulous, fresh 2017 harvest oil later this year? Find out how to adopt one of our trees by clicking HERE.

Fiona and Glenn at Freshfield Grove, Campania, Tasmania

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Adopt an Olive Tree

I’ve been working on this for a little while, and I’m excited to announce this new way for more people to get involved with our adventures. We’ve decided to put our trees up for adoption!

Each of our trees is unique, and so they each have their own name – Spanish of course since Picual and Manzanillo are both Spanish varieties!

We’ve got three different packages to suit every budget, and they would all make an amazing gift for food lovers 🙂

The packages include:

  • An emailed adoption certificate that you can print straight away (fab as a gift if you’ve left it ‘til the last minute!)
  • A digital photo of your tree, with his or her name.
  • A map image and a Google Earth placemark showing YOUR tree’s exact location in our grove, so you can really get a feel for where your tree lives.
  • A printed adoption certificate including a photograph of YOUR tree, sent by post.
  • We would love you to visit your tree here in Tasmania, and we’d be delighted to give you a tour of the grove on selected Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year. Just get in touch to let us know when you’d like to come.
  • Delivery of our next harvest of Extra Virgin Olive Oil delivered to your door!

All the details are on our special “Adopt a Tasmanian Olive Tree” website – click here to take a look.


Christmas Wreath Workshop – 11 December

olive leaf Christmas wreath

Hello! Christmas is rapidly approaching and I know everyone is mega busy over the next few weeks, but I wanted to tell you about this workshop I’m organising to make Christmas wreaths out of olive leaves. It’s on Sunday 11th December, from 2-4pm at the olive grove (49 Tea Tree Road, Campania – just outside Richmond).

I want it to be an opportunity for a small group of like-minded people (probably gonna be all girls!) to have a bit of time out for themselves in this crazily busy time of year, make a beautiful and unique decoration for their home, and enjoy each other’s company. Along with a glass of Tasmanian wine from the lovely people at Wobbly Boot Vineyard!

I’ve teamed up with my friend Jo, who creates amazing floral arrangements, to bring her floristry expertise – an area in which I’m rather lacking! No prior experience is needed from you  🙂

The workshop will be held in a covered patio area. I’d recommend bringing closed shoes if you want to go for a walk in the grove (it’s, um, a bit overgrown in areas….) You may also want to bring a pair of gloves, as I discovered that floristry wire can be a bit vicious!.

We’ll provide all the foliage and equipment you need (olive leaves, wreath frame, floristry wire, wire cutters, ribbon for decoration, silver and gold spray paint.)

There are lots of other plants on the farm too – gums and gumnuts, wattles, lavender…..  and you’re welcome to go for a walk and forage for any other bits you fancy to really personalise your creation.

You may want to add other Christmas decorations you already have and love, so please feel free to bring these along!

This event is limited to six people, as we want to make it a really friendly and informal session. And it’s the only workshop we’re running this year. I’ve seen other wreath making workshops locally that are priced at $115, but we’ve decided to offer this for just $50 as we’re still learning about organising this sort of experience! This special price includes:

  • Refreshments:
    • A glass of Tasmanian wine (Pinot Noir or Sauvignon Blanc from Wobbly Boot)
    • Cheese platter
    • Tea, coffee, and water.
  • All the foliage and floristry supplies listed above.
  • Us! Jo and I will be right by your side to show you the basics at the beginning, and to offer hands-on advice during the session.
  • Your very own handmade wreath to take home (value approx. $40)

If you like the sound of this, then click here to book and we’ll pick out an olive branch just for you!

If you can’t make it, but know someone else who might enjoy the experience, then please feel free to forward the details on to them.

And if you have any questions, please ask away! FFx

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Olive Leaves – a poem

Olive leaf doggerel


My father, much more of a poet than myself, describes this (my first poetic foray in a couple of decades!) as doggerel. But apparently I’m in good company, as much of Edward Lear’s work could be described thus.

Do you have any poetry to share? FFx


Branding and Growth Challenge – Day 5 – Publishing calendar

Oh god! This has been hard… Was supposed to review all my stats and work out which things are most popular. The thing is, I’ve not been posting regularly on any particular topics. That is, when I’ve been blogging at all… So no obvious pattern. But maybe trying to figure out a few categories would help me carry on posting regularly.

So, here goes, I’ll post regularly on Wednesday evenings (Aussie time), and have four main categories. I might add some bonus posts if I’m inspired in between times, or join in with one of the cool challenges that’s around.

  1. Recipes.
  2. Health and food, emphasising things with a good evidence base, and including links to the research where possible.
  3. What I’m up to on the farm – olive and non-olive related.
  4. Things to do / eat / drink, and places to see around where I live.

What do you think? What topics would you like to see more of? Is there anything in particular you’d like to know? FFx


Branding and Growth Challenge – Day 2 – Video tour

Today is all about having a consistent appearance across all platforms. I’ve recently made my first video and although I posted it here a few weeks ago, I’ve added a watermark and uploaded it to my new YouTube channel this week. So I’m sharing it again because I’m proud of it! I’ve changed a couple of other things around the site today, and also on my Etsy listing for olive leaf tea, and my gravatar. I’m considering changing the theme, but I’m not sure I can face it… FFx