Return to the Olive Farm Paperback – 12 May 2011
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I found this the most absorbing of Carol Drinkwater's reports from her Provence Olive Farm, a sink or swim account of attempting to free the farm and its inhabitants from the dangerous chemicals needed to bring an Olive crop to fruition. (Sue Baker LOVEREADING.CO.UK)
A passionate book about confronting difficult environmental issues. (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)
Life and love, olive groves and bee hives in Provence - further adventures in the bestselling Olive Farm series.See all Product Description
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"Return to the Olive Farm" opens as Carol returns from a 16 month expedition around the Med in search of the origins of the ancient and mystical Olive tree. She had written two books about her Olive quest and her travels and it is now a delight to return to Appassionata, the Provencal farm she shares with her husband Michel and to renew acquaintance with Quashia, her gardener, who doesn't quite see eye to eye with his boss when it comes to farming methods. I love the passion which Carol obviously has for olive farming and her lust for life and for discovering the natural world.
The main focus this time is on the possibility of having a truly organic olive grove and the many obstacles towards achieving such an admirable objective, given that France doesn't have a particularly strong record in championing the organic way. It is definitely so much easier and less heartbreaking to take the mass pesticide/bumper crop route and you find yourself really rooting for Carol to succeed without all the usual chemical parphenalia. I am in awe of how she keeps on going despite constant setbacks but then that could be the stubborn Irish streak, I guess - speaking as a fellow Irish woman!Read more ›
I have read all her olive farm and olive history related books - some of them many times. First they gave me ideas and tips for Provencal holidays, then they got me interested in olives generally - a totally new field of knowledge and information opened to me - and now, this new book, continues the olive farm story, but - more importantly - reminds the reader of the state of our world, and what we can do for saving this little planet.
The book is both entertaining and serious. It gives beautiful views but also plenty to think about. It's a great continuation to the previous books - which I have to reread once again.
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It is so timely and necessary.
Carol effortlessly weaves in compassion, a sense of place, a deep sense of commitment to the planet and the scents and beauty of Provence.
It is such a touching song of the earth and a hymn to the potential of humanity in the earth's journey.
I loved it so much. My husband who is a butterfly and bumble bee ecologist did too. A special book for important times when we must immerse ourselves in nature and heed its message.
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Very informative and at the same time very funny. Laughed out loud many times. Love her style of writing and read all 4 of her olive farm books in 4 weeks - unheard of for me. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ANNE INNS
Enjoyed this book - it had a lovely Mediterranean atmospherePublished 11 months ago by Mrs. Kaye E. Elliott
Although I have read all Carol Drinkwater 's books, I didn't enjoy this one as much as the others.
I found it repetitive & got quite bored,in fact skipping several chapters,... Read more
Lovely book filled with real feeling. Love her writing style and enjoying the olive series immensely. Hope it all works out..........Published 14 months ago by sez74