I must say Gravatar is the nearest thing to blogger in the 'not running well stakes' Blogger is not a well site and I may be forced to use something else unless Google does some fixing fast.
Barbs and I helped to pick olives for Jude and Mary-Anne -- who have set up an olive oil press up at Killikrankie. We spent about 2 and a half hours at it probably picked about 15-20kg (I'm really not sure) of olives each and neither of us are slouches at getting stuck in... it's just an olive weighs 5 grammes and they're only picking purple and up, it's a lot olives and a lot of manual labour. The scary part is the yeild - 10-12%, and the press is not huge and can't deal with too many kg an hour (I forget but I think 25kg an hour?). It also takes several hours to clean - so even starting it for less than 50Kg is not worth the effort.. This comes under olive oil for love, because you really can't afford to do it commercially -- not without harvesting a lot faster per person, because you simply can't afford to pay the labour, and compete with the big operators. Anyway, I am curious enough to volunteer my labour in exchange I hope for some oil, and they're nice folk and working damned hard at it themselves. I suspect it will be too good to use for anything but neat where you really can taste the oil - good salad dressing etc.
Anyway - Blogger is driving me insane (slow...) and I have a sore throat and bit of a temp... so good night