Daily Archives: November 12, 2013

  • The Duchess of Cornwall wedding photo on an olive oil bottle

    Camilla Duchess of Cornwall at the Aluva Palace where she was given a olive oil bottle featuring her 2005 wedding photo

    The Duchess of Cornwall roared with laughter as she came to face to face with her wedding picture today – on an olive oil bottle.

    Camilla was given the home-made gift on a visit to a Women’s Empowerment Group at the Aluva Palace in Kerela during her official tour of India.

    Artist Sherin Unneenkitty made the gift from an old olive oil bottle which she had filled with coloured gel and decorated and then placed the Duchess’s 2005 wedding picture inside.

    Wed alert: The wedding photograph in the bottle was taken in The White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle

    ‘Look at me on this – brilliant,’ she said as she held the bottle aloft.

    Sherin, who normally charges 500 rupees for a similar gift (around £5), gave Camilla the bottle as a gift.

    ‘Well that’s very kind of you, thank you very much,’ she said.

    Indeed, the royal was offered armfuls of home-crafted products as she toured displays of everything from candles to crocheted throws.

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  • New Zealand's olive oil industry - Sunny outlook for Marlborough produce

    Long sunny days in Marlborough meant quality produce last year, and this season is shaping up to be just as good.

    The relatively young olive oil industry is on a learning curve as growers grapple with New Zealand’s maritime climate, which promotes prolific growth but can lead to low yields and poor profitability.

    Olives are harvested between April and August, and competitions to determine the top oils are held in New Zealand and overseas. Olives New Zealand chief executive Gayle Sheridan said Kiwi oils were ranked highly internationally.

    The New Zealand’s olive oil industry is involved in a three-year Sustainable Farming Fund project to improve yields.

    It was hoped after the first year, and with the advice of a tree crop specialist, that improvements would be seen, Sheridan said.

    “We need to manage crops differently from those grown in arid conditions in Europe.”

    “The biggest thing for farmers is the need to manage soils better to retain moisture, because 90 per cent of hill country farms can dry off in a couple of weeks.”

    Marborough’s 2014 grape harvest was shaping up to be a good one, said Dominic Pecchenino, who produces grapes for a number of wineries.

    The season to date was probably in line with an average year, he said.

    Prior to an early bud burst, the region experienced some of the warmest weather on record, and aside from the normal equinox winds, there had been no damaging frosts.

    There was no bloom and fruit set yet, he said. At this stage of production, what happened next depended on the weather.

    “But that’s part of viticulture.”

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