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Connecting with my Cypriots roots.

Postby erolz66 » Fri Feb 05, 2016 11:23 pm

So at the end of last year, my partner and I for the first time, harvested the olives from the trees in the garden ourselves, took them to the local communal press in batches in the back of our car and made our own olive oil as well as 'processing' some green and black olives for eating. All told we harvested around 500 kilos and got around 100 litres of oil, which in my totally biased opinion is pretty fucking fantastic. Of course this is something that generations of Cypriots have been doing for time in memorial but for me it, a boy that was born and grew up in North London it was pretty special in so many ways. Here is an album I made of the experience.

http://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMD ... EwV21sa3RB
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Postby GreekIslandGirl » Fri Feb 05, 2016 11:28 pm

I thought your dad was a Turk/Muhammadan that married a colonialist military Brit?
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Postby erolz66 » Sat Feb 06, 2016 12:07 am

So there was a reason I had not posted this news about my life as a returning Cypriot in Cyprus and the simple pleasure and joy I experienced in doing my own olive harvest as a 'boy born in North London', here in this place called 'Cyprus-forum', at the time when it was current and I did share such news with others by various means in so many other places. Just as there is a reason I chose to share it now.

I chose to share it now to try and make a point. I have been accused of only posting 'negative' and 'anti Cypriot' stories here. Well I did not post this 'news' here because I knew what would happen. I knew how there would be those that would only seek to suck out and spit on the simple joy and pleasure I experienced from doing this for the first time. I knew that for a small, but loud and vociferous minority here with GiG at the head of it, as a Cypriot who's father first language happened to be Turkish and who chose to reside in the north when returning to Cyprus to live, I would not be allowed to share that simple joy. That it would just create another opportunity for her to use to spout her anti TC venom at me , because I am TC and not GC.
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Postby GreekIslandGirl » Sat Feb 06, 2016 12:39 am

But you said your NAAFI (Colonialist) Brit mum and (then, Muhammadan) dad left in 1958. Neither was Cypriot. Cypriot was *given* to us who were in Cyprus in and from 1960 onward.

However, if you stop posting anti-Greek propaganda and accept that the majority of Cyprus, the natives of Cyprus, are Greek, and come to accept and tolerate our continuing presence on our island without interference from Turkey then you will find me and others more than happy to share.

If .....

Carry on with your olive-pressing memoirs ....
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Postby Sotos » Sat Feb 06, 2016 12:52 am

...in the back of our car...


You should have used a donkey ;)
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Postby erolz66 » Sat Feb 06, 2016 12:53 am

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Postby erolz66 » Sat Feb 06, 2016 1:05 am

Sotos wrote:
...in the back of our car...


You should have used a donkey ;)


Good idea. The boss of the company I work for has turned his home into what could only be called an 'animal sanctuary' and he has along with a multitude of other animals a rescued donkey.

donkey.jpg


Maybe ill make enquires re loaning it for next years harvest :)
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Postby repulsewarrior » Sat Feb 06, 2016 4:59 am

...bravo erolz, enjoy!

great photos too.
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Postby B25 » Sat Feb 06, 2016 9:10 am

erolz66 wrote:
Sotos wrote:
...in the back of our car...


You should have used a donkey ;)


Good idea. The boss of the company I work for has turned his home into what could only be called an 'animal sanctuary' and he has along with a multitude of other animals a rescued donkey.

donkey.jpg


Maybe ill make enquires re loaning it for next years harvest :)


Come on Erolz, lets be honest, that's really a picture of you, isn't it? :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby Pyrpolizer » Sat Feb 06, 2016 2:25 pm

erolz66 wrote:So at the end of last year, my partner and I for the first time, harvested the olives from the trees in the garden ourselves, took them to the local communal press in batches in the back of our car and made our own olive oil as well as 'processing' some green and black olives for eating. All told we harvested around 500 kilos and got around 100 litres of oil, which in my totally biased opinion is pretty fucking fantastic. Of course this is something that generations of Cypriots have been doing for time in memorial but for me it, a boy that was born and grew up in North London it was pretty special in so many ways. Here is an album I made of the experience.

http://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMD ... EwV21sa3RB


It's amazing how fulfilled you get when you produce something.
Same feeling here from the one and only olive tree I had in my house garden.
I think it produced me some 20 litres of oil every year...
Unfortunately I had to cut it though as the damn crows would come and eat the olives and then defecate the nuts on the roof stalling my drainage pipes
I have an orchard now just outside Nicosia where I have all sorts of trees plus some chicken, but I have a problem with foxes there...
There is nothing I enjoy more than spending a day at my orchard, basically doing nothing... I do that usually on Fridays. :D
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