Sunday 15 May 2011: Next autumn's crop?
Just as we finish the olives we picked last autumn from the Lucque tree in our garden - I used the last few as a garnish on artichoke, broad bean and feta salads for our first course last night - the flowers of this year's crop are appearing. Olive flowers are tiny - at most 5mm across when fully open - and so delicate that I worry for them today in a strong north wind. The tree is covered with flowers and the promise of a good crop in the autumn.
Today the exhibition Inside Out opens at Rhondda Heritage Park and one of the pieces there will be my collaboration with artist friend Mike Dodd, 'The Dark Shift'. I can't blip it because I haven't seen it since it was assembled - Mike did that just before he hung it in the gallery last week - but one of his photos of it is on the home page of my website, address on my about page, if you're interested. Last night's meal was partly a celebration of our collaboration since neither Mike nor I could be there for the opening today.