Extra Virgin: Amongst The Olive Groves of Liguria
When Annie Hawes buys a hillside cottage in Italy for no more than the price of a dodgy second-hand car, a capable young Englishwoman becomes a surprisingly incapable Ligurian signorina...
In the overgrown garden of a small, stone house amongst the olive groves of Liguria, high above the Mediterranean, a curious combination of bonfire dinner and business meeting occurs. In the area by chance, Annie and her sister have no intention of moving to the Italian Rivera. Still, they eat the fragrant, rosemary-skewered sausages, drink perhaps a little too much of the local wine, allow themselves to be taken on a moonlit tour of the ramshackle house and garden... and fall in love with it all.
Their new neighbors are baffled - how have these Foreign Females survived without learning to spot wild asparagus or tell good mushrooms from bad? Don’t they have any idea how to get their year’s supply of olive oil from a couple dozen olive trees, or good wine from bramble-choked vines? Fortunately the hardcore olive-farming folk of Diana San Pietro are on hand to ply them with huge meals, plenty of ridicule and all the old-fashioned know-how they’ll need to get by.