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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (12 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075382681X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753826812
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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Life and love, olive groves and bee hives in Provence - further adventures in the bestselling Olive Farm series.

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By Lovely Treez TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have a secret to tell.... I have been renting an olive farm in Provence since 2001 when I first read Carol Drinkwater's memoir The Olive Farm .... well, in my dreams, I have!! I know that there is a myriad of travel memoirs out there, all wanting to impart their story of how a crumbling old house was restored to grandeur, usually peppered with a few anecdotes about quirky locals - just to add extra ambiance, n'est-ce pas... however, this series is very special to me as the author really is passionate about her environment and on a larger scale "our" environment which is quite frankly under threat.

"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!
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Once again I got a great reading experience: Carol Drinkwater has the gift to describe people, happenings and landscapes so vividly that the reader can easily imagine to be with her, picking olives, discussing with industry representatives, watching bees, waiting for Mr Q,...

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 was with great delight that I read Carol's latest book on her love affair with Provence and her home at Appassionata.More and more she realizes that she can no longer poison her land, olives, fruits, and most importantly the bees (which have mysteriously died) by using "safe" pesticides. This is her story of the stuggle she has finding alternatives but this is not the only story as woven into this is her deep love for her husband and his family (now that they are Grandparents!)Mr. Q their wonderful Algerian friend and gardener and the friends who come to celebrate and enjoy the hospitality of The Olive Farm! Carol is passionate about the enviroment and our need to nuture it but never preaches. All in all a wonderful book and if you enjoyed Carols other books you will love this- her best yet!
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I am grateful to the author for writing this book.
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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This is the seventh book in Carol Drinkwater's "Olive" series and marks a return to her olive farm in the hills behind Cannes after a long period of travel (and two books!) around the Mediterranean in search of the origins of the olive. It is in marked contrast to the first three books which dealt with the early days of acquiring and renovating the farm. The writer has developed strong opinions regarding how the land should be treated and is very concerned at the devastating losses in the worldwide honey bee population. Unlike the earlier books, I found that I too was challenged by what I was reading here - the damage wrought by pesticides, abuse of water supplies - and it has made me reconsider how I have tacitly been complicit in the bigger picture of the ecological crises we find ourselves in by using such products and wasting such reserves. On a lighter side, the reader is drawn back into the sanctuary that is Appassionata, the Olive Farm, it beauty and the myriad characters that are part of the writer's life there. We are introduced to the writer's burgeoning family of grandchildren and the joys that they experience in his haven of peace and tranquillity. As always, her characters are beautifully depicted - one can almost smell the Portuguese workmens' BBQ and hear the gardeners rasping, Arab inflected French as he complains to his employers about their new husbandry of the farm. I sincerely hope that this does not mark the end of the "olive" series. I, for one, need to know what happens next........
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