Tuesday, 8 December 2020

How to Plan a Staycation in Your Home


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Since our recent lockdown in UK, due to COVID-19 pandemic raging around, all our morale’s are very low as taking a vacation is almost out of the question. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have some fun, as you can instead plan what is known as a “staycation.” A staycation can be held just about anywhere, regardless of whether you live in the UK, another part of the world or in an L.A. apartment or just close to one of the Washington D.C houses for sale. Unfortunately, many people don’t know how to properly plan for a staycation, as they simply don’t know how to have fun and relax in their own home. So how can you avoid common staycation planning traps? Here are some tips for planning a staycation in your home.

Shelf Chores and Housework

When staying at home for a staycation, it may be tempting to engage in various forms of housework. After all, you are stuck in the house, so what better time to get things done? However, this type of thinking will ruin your staycation. Once you start doing chores and housework, it will be difficult to stop. You want to relax and enjoy your staycation, not ruin it with work and chores. Try to finish all major tasks and chores before you begin your staycation. If that’s not possible, try your best to resist doing chores and housework, and instead simply enjoy yourself. This is your time to relax and be lazy, so enjoy it!

Disconnect From the World

Something that we don’t realize we do when we’re on vacation is disconnecting from the world, as it just happens naturally when you’re on vacation. People aren’t preoccupied with watching the news or keeping up with their social media feeds since they’re engrossed with what is going on during their vacation. This disconnect from the world creates even more relaxation, as you are not hyper-focused on other people the whole time. You could also try herbs that are proven to help calm a busy brain.You need to emulate this disconnect while on your staycation. Doing so means that you need to greatly limit the amount of social media you consume and try to worry over the news a little bit less. Your staycation should be a time for you to relax and be yourself, not worry about outside events out of your control.

Think of Fun Activities

Just because you’re staying in your home doesn’t mean you have to miss out on fun activities, as you can simply create your own. There are plenty of activities for you to plan with your family. These activities can range from indoor board game night, to outdoor activities, such as backyard camping or you can even set up a tent in your front room if its too cold outside or you don't like creepy crawlies like me. Build a campfire in the garden, cook a meal and huddle in rugs and enjoy the evening.

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Those who have lots of imagination and creativity will be able to come up with lots of ideas to make their staycation that much more enjoyable. You have plenty of time to spend, so why not spend it doing some extremely fun and creative activities?

Some ideas for the entertainment:

  • Set up a cinema in your front room, have lots of cosy rugs, bean bags, popcorn, drinks and nibbles.
  • Set up gaming tournament with family teams, monopoly, articulate and pictionary are some fun games to enjoy.
  • Have a cook off with family members, make teams and get each team to make a dish which you can enjoy for dinner.
  • Host your own Britain’s got talent and get each member to perform, you can vote for the winner.
  • Set up a restaurant in your dining room and dress up for dinner.

Binge Your Favourite Shows and Movies

Another fantastic way to spend your staycation is by bingeing your favourite shows and movies. It’s always tempting to watch Netflix when you have work to do or need to be in bed early, but you can never fully enjoy it. When you’re on a staycation, it is one of the rare times where you can enjoy watching your shows without feeling guilty or procrastinating. Catch up on some missed episodes of your cherished show, or try watching a new series altogether. This is your time to sit back and relax, so why not enjoy your short listed entertainment list?

I hope you enjoy some of my ideas, I would love to hear about any ideas you have to enjoy a staycation, please do share them in the comments below.

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Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Unique gifting ideas for Christmas.

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This year with the unfortunate COVID situation and lockdown, Christmas shopping will be mostly on line. You can buy anything online these days without moving from your armchair. However it is a good to try and support small business as much as you can during these difficult times.You can also purchase some really nice unique and useful gifts. I am sharing some ideas below, do check out these gift recommendations.

Handmade cards, inspirational quotes, custom designed scrapbooks.  

This small business run by Roshni Kanabar Designs designs has some very unique gift ideas. There is a huge range of individually designed custom made cards, inspirational quotes, design prints and the most fabulous personalised scrapbooks for lockdown, travel, weddings, birthdays and christenings. 

In fact you can get any occasion scrapbook personalised made to order. Furthermore all items come beautifully packaged and are available to ship anywhere in the world. They are so elegant that the receiver will be totally thrilled with the gift.

Vegetarian and Vegan Cookery Classes

During lockdown, the sales of cookbooks soared as more and more people started cooking since restaurants were closed. Some people took up cooking as they had more time on their hands, others did it for survival so that they could enjoy varied dishes to eat. The cookery classes are run on zoom, the classes are informal, really fun and you can cook along. At the end of the lesson you will have a lovely dish to enjoy. A variety of recipes such as Indian, Chinese, Thai, Salads and Soups are taught in class. The classes can be booked in a group setting or one to one if you prefer individual  tuition. Gift vouchers are also available.You can find more details about the classes and how to book by checking cook with simply.food

Customised T shirts

You can never have too many T Shirts in your wardrobe, they are so versatile and can be smart, casual, fun and comfortable. I really like T shirts with quotes, inspirational messages and  artwork. Why not check out Pixels, for art inspired clothing and apparel. 

The website you can find Men's T - Shirts and Women's T-Shirts apparel designed by independent artists from all over the world. Each product ships within 3 - 4 business days and includes a 30-day money-back guarantee. There are some really lovely prints and designs to choose from, the choice is enormous and there many styles to suit all tastes.

Gifting should not put any one under pressure, after all it's the thought that counts, not how big or how expensive a gift is. Gifts made at home, cookies, cakes, cards or any thing that is made with love is always more appreciated by the receiver. Do you have any unique gift ideas that you would like to share? Please leave your ideas in the comments below.

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Monday, 30 November 2020

How Decor-Finishing Touches,

In my last blog post I wrote all about some things to consider when you are thinking of buying your own property. There are many things to consider, but once you have crossed that threshold and you have managed to make your purchase you should congratulate yourself. Owning your own property and getting your foot on the property ladder is a big achievement and very exciting.

Some people prefer to purchase properties that are run down and have the potential to be refurbished to  their own taste. Properties of this kind can often be cheaper to buy, as they need a lot of work doing.They are great for someone who has a lot of time on their hands and has a vision of redesigning their optimum dream home or someone who is purchasing a property as an investment. The plus side is that you are starting with a blank canvas to make your own, however you would also need to have somewhere to live whilst the major renovations are happening.

Buying a new property or ready refurbished property is perfect for those who don't want the hassle of planning all the decorations, getting workmen to renovate and have the stress of overseeing the whole project. Usually the fixtures, and fittings are neutral that come in new properties, so all you need is to buy the furniture and add the final finishing touches.

What sort of finishing touches do you need?

Rugs and Throws

I love rugs and throws, you can add lots of colour and texture by choosing multicoloured rugs and throws with different prints, trimmings and buttons. The good thing by adding colour with accessories is that you can switch them around for different seasons. This is an inexpensive way to make a change in decor. If you are good at sewing why not stitch your own cushions and throws.You can get some really nice fabrics from Yorkshire Fabric Shop.

Prints and Wall Arts

Plain walls can be jazzed up with wall art and art prints. You can gets prints in various different designs such as abstract, animal prints, architectural, botanical, celebrity and city prints. I love botanical prints with abstract flowers and sketches. It's easy to frame the prints in stylish photo frames to match your home decor and hang them up on walls in your hallway and bedrooms. I also love canvas prints and tapestries, they add a really nice touch to larger wall spaces. 

If you are looking for some ideas for decorating your walls with, why not check out for some really cool and amazing artwork from Fine Art America


I adore scatter cushions, these are a great way to add extra colour and cosiness to any room. I have a little alcove in my bedroom where I have a little storage box with a seating over it. It is lovely to have cushions there to add colour.

Wall Hangings, buntings and Garlands 

Wall hangings, buntings  and garlands in bright colours made with pompoms and colourful fabrics give a really Moroccan  feel to a room.

Lamps, lights, candles and plants 

Lamps, lights, candles and plants all add a nice touch to a room. These can  give a room warmth and you can create a lovely ambience.

All these decorative finishing touches will really enhance make your living space and give it your own personality. Do you have any ideas that you use for decorating your home? Do share in the comments below.

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Friday, 27 November 2020

Some things to consider when buying your own home.

Buying your first home can be exciting and at the same time very daunting. There are many things to consider. First of all it would be a good idea to create a spread sheet to add up all the costs. Next start to do your research, buying a house needs lots of consideration and creating a budget to check the finances is very important.

What are the main things to consider?

Mortgage arrangement fee

Look for a mortgage lender that will be willing to lend you the money. You will need to have proof of documentation such as payslips, credit checks and references too. There will be a mortgage fee which you will have to budget for. 

Valuation fee

You will need to pay the lender a fee to carry out a valuation for the property. There is a charge for this which you will need to set aside. This cost will vary depending on the purchase price.

Legal fees

You will need to appoint a solicitor to work on your behalf and you will also need to include conveyancing fees.

Stamp duty

This is the fee that a buyer has to pay if the property is more than £125.00 and it is to cover the land tax and the stamp duty. There is no stamp duty payable for first time buyers for the first 300,000 pounds on any home costing up to 500.000 pounds.

Survey charges

You need to get the property that you are planning on buying surveyed to ensure that it is sound and there are no major structural problems with it. You will have to pay this fee for each property you are considering to buy, in case a sale falls through.

Removal Costs

You will need to pay removal fees so budget for this expense too. You will need to roughly estimate how much luggage you have and then check with removal company for an estimate. This depends on the amount of items you have that  needs to be moved. Removal companies also offer a packing and unpacking services at additional costs.Make sure you budget in prices for boxes, crates, tissue paper, brown paper, string, brown tape and bubble wrap.


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Home repairs

Wiring - get an electrician to check that the wiring is sound and safe.

Plumbing - check for dripping taps, flow and water pressure.

Heating - have the boiler serviced to ensure it’s in good working order.

New kitchen installation - you can get estimates to have a kitchen fully fitted or just give it a makeover by just changing cupboard doors and giving it a coat of paint.

Building bedroom furniture- you can do this your self or appoint specialists to do this.

Check List

You will need to list all the renovations that are needed and put them in order of urgency to action.

Check the quality of the decorations such as painting/wall papering and if they need immediate action or are they something you can live with and can change in due time.

Carpets or flooring- You will need to decide if the floors are in good condition. Some types of flooring to consider are tiled floors and wooden floors, such as hard wood and parquet laminate flooring. They are a good investment, and they are easy to maintain, hard wearing and great for any type of floor space.

Parquet Laminate flooring is a type of wood flooring made from small blocks or strips of wood which are laid to create a regular and geometric pattern. Parquet flooring can be made from oak, walnut, cherry, lime, pine and maple. It is laid in regular and geometric, angular shapes. You will see squares, triangles and lozenges featuring strongly in traditional parquet flooring. These can be very stylish and can really enhance the floor space in any room.

Furniture and extras

You will need to make a list of all furniture that you will need and prioritise them into as what is needed foremost.

  • Dining table and Chairs
  • Wardrobes
  • Storage

You can get second hand furniture to keep you going in the interim, or ask family and friends if they have items they are replacing and no longer need. Think of up cycling old furniture to save costs. Check out some great ideas to furnish a new home on a budget.

Once you have looked into all these factors and created your spread sheet for the budget you will need, you can start to save up the deposit for your optimum property. 

Are you a home owner or are you thinking of purchasing your own home? Do share your tips in the comments below of any other useful suggestions.

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Thursday, 19 November 2020

Family-Friendly Parks in Tokyo

I love travelling and my bucket list is increasing day by day. Sadly Covid has put a spanner in the works and my plans like everyone else's are on halt. Never the less it does not stop me from dreaming, planning and researching about all the places I want to visit when feasible. Disney vacation or Tokyo is one such place on my bucket list, it is a great place to visit either as a solo traveler or with your family and young children.

If you plan to tour Tokyo, Japan with your family, you will probably be wondering where you can spend some memorable moments with your young ones. It can be an overwhelming task to plan the best tourist spots for your family, especially if you plan to visit for the first time. We know that kids are generally playful - for that reason, you need to take them to a place where they can have fun playing around with other kids. You are probably not aware that Tokyo, Japan, is home to several fascinating parks and gardens, most of which are considered the most majestic in the world. This post introduces you to some of the best family-friendly parks in Tokyo, Japan, that you should consider visiting during your trip. 

Asukayama Park Playground

Asukayama Park

Asukayama Park, this is one of the oldest parks in Tokyo and Japan at large. The park has ample spaces as well as play areas where your kids can enjoy running around as you take a leisurely walk. Your kids will love the water play areas, swing sets, animal sculptures, elephant slide, climbing small mountains, etc. Asukayama Park Playground is open seven days a week all the year around, so that you visit whenever you have some time to spare.

 Ueno Park

Yet another excellent tourist destination that is worth your time is Ueno Park. The park houses the oldest Zoo in Tokyo and Japan, and also houses the children's zoo. There are many activities on offer at the children's zoo that the kids can engage in such as feeding small animals like rabbits, miniature horses and chickens. Ueno Park is also regarded as the best place to appreciate "Cherry Blossom Season" - you will witness more than one thousand trees as you walk across its several walkaways. You will also discover that the park is situated next to Lake Shinobazu - this makes it an ideal spot for relaxed strolls or picnics. You can hire a paddleboat to view the park from the lake perspective. There are no fees charged to enter this park.  

Showa Kinen Park

If you are looking for the best tourist destination that will give your kids some space to burn off some calories, Showa Kinen Park could be the place. The park is found just close to Tachikawa Station - and is popular as the most spacious park located in Tokyo, Japan. Showa Kinen offers more than you can complete within a day visit. You will need to camp around if you have to explore everything. Some of the things that will justify your visit to Showa Kinen Park include: 

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Cherry Blossom

With more than 1500-cherry-blossom trees, the park turns pink amid springs. Countless trees such as Ginkgo and Maple color the park in yellow, orange, and red amid autumn. If you are lucky to come here amid these seasons, you will fall in love with the beauty of nature. Come with a camera and take a few photos here for Instagram and to preserve the memory.

 In the entire Tokyo, there is no other spacious park as Showa Kinen Park. You can rent a bike and  cycle around to explore the park. Here you can find trampolines and oversized hammocks to enjoy them.

Japanese Garden

If hiking and cycling is not your cup of tea you go for a relaxing visit at the Japanese Garden. It's the best place to chill as you seek peace of mind.There is an entry fee to visit this park.The Adults charge is 410 Yen while kids pay 80 Yen only.

Mt. Takao

For the active travellers who enjoy the countryside, you can do some hiking with your family in Tokyo, Japan. Mt Takao, located about a 1-hour drive from the city CBD by train, is the best place to hike with your  family.

Why Go to Mt Takao with Your Family?

  • Hiking/Lift/Cable Car
Once here, you are the one to decide how you want to find your way to the peak of the mountain (599m high). If you love walking as you explore, consider hiking - you will need about 70 minutes to find yourself at the summit.

  • Yakuo-in Temple
When you visit Takao Mountain, make sure you visit Yakuo-In Temple. It was founded in 744 as a Buddhism base in Japan. Emperor Shomu pioneered its foundation. You will witness monks here practicing their daily routine.

  • Takao Onsen
If you feel exhausted, consider going to Takao Onsen and soak your body in the Takao Onsen's Hot Spring. Here you will discover up to six different sorts of hot spring baths. Make sure you don't miss it.
The entry to the park is chargeable.

 Kasai Rinkai Park

Kasai Rinkai Park is supposedly is the best place with your family, if you are looking for a nice change from the city's busy life. There are trails, beaches, large lawn areas, observation buildings and lots of places to just enjoy the views and relax.

  • Sea-Bird sanctuary
Here you will witness more than 157 wild bird species that your kids will love watching. There are birds such, Grey Heron, Osprey, Great Egret, etc.

Other attractions here include:
Sea Life park.Diamond & flowers, Ferries Wheel etc. The entrance is free to this attraction.

 The above park playgrounds are perfect for you when traveling to Tokyo, Japan, with your family. As you have learned, they feature many attractions, some of which you will never exhaust within a single day visit so plan your days accordingly so you can re visit and make the most of their beauty. 
Although there are other Park Playgrounds, the ones featured in this are the ones you should prioritize the next time you visit Tokyo.

There are also many other attractions, heritage and cultural sites that you can add to your itenary to make your trip varied and memorable.

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Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Useful tips on tackling household stains.

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I spend a lot of time in my kitchen and absolutely love cooking and entertaining. I have a cream kitchen with lots of white and cream tea towels, napkins and tablecloths. Keeping these clean and stain free is an absolute nightmare. I find the most common culprits are red wine, tomato sauce, curry, berries, grease, coffee and tea stains. Some spices like turmeric are amongst the worst offenders. Other type of stains such as mud, grass and oil stains are also very common on cloths and are notoriously difficult to remove.

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How to Tackle Stains?

One of the things I have learnt is not to leave a stain to dry, but to act immediately. Dabbing, washing and soaking are the effective ways to remove stains.

What household products can you use to remove stains?

Some household items that are good for removing stains are white vinegar, baking soda, salt, toothpaste, cold water, detergent and washing up liquid.

If you can’t remove stains at home, what can you do?

If household stain removal doesn't work, then the next best thing is to send your cloths to a laundry service, such as  Laundryheap. Laundryheap take the stress out of doing your laundry and dry cleaning. Not only do they tackle stains but they also offer  dry cleaning and ironing services. 

How does a Laundryheap work?

The collection is easy to organise via their mobile app or web site. Laundryheap is an excellent service, offering same-day collection and 24-hour deliver. You can track your parcel in real time and receive updates and status notifications.

Using  Laundryheap certainly takes the stress out of doing the laundry at home. It saves time, energy and guarantees that your clothing is laundered to the highest standard. Plus, your laundry will be delivered contactless, straight to your door.   

If you have not used this type of service before, why not check it out. It certainly makes life a lot easier and you can use your saved time relaxing or even catching up on pending tasks.

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Tuesday, 27 October 2020

7 Tips For a Delightful Devon Staycation

                                                Photo by Peter Ford on Unsplash

Any kind of travel is tricky these days, but the chances are that in the next 6 months or so it’ll (eventually!) be slightly easier to holiday at home than abroad.

But if you’re planning a Great British staycation where should you be heading?

The bright lights of London?

The lochs, glens and mountains of Scotland or beautiful Blackpool or Cornwall and the Camel Creek Park?

How about beautiful Devon?

With a sunny climate and stunning coastline, this wonderful county in England’s southwest has something for everyone.

Sounds good? Here are seven tips for a delightful Devon staycation.

1.    Plan your itinerary

Devon is over 6700 square kilometres in size and its chock-full of attractions.With so many beautiful places to visit in Devon you’ll need to plan carefully with an itinerary that prioritises your top picks and includes extra time to extend the duration in favourite spots  ̶  if you end up loving Torquay, why not stay three nights instead of two?

2.    Hire a car

With craggy cliffs, sweeping beaches and charming towns and villages, Devon is built for road trips. Hire a car in Plymouth with Enjoy Travel and hit the road for amazing adventures where you can blast out your holiday playlist without complaint.

3.    Book your accommodation

There are plenty of hotels in the English Riviera, but why not rent a Devon holiday cottage from Airbnb and enjoy an immersive accommodation experience where you’re living in someone’s home in a real residential area?

4.    Unique history

There’s plenty to do in Devon for history buffs. For starters, Compton and Dartmouth castles are well worth a visit, the Tamar Valley heritage train line is terrific and Morwelham is a magical village, mine and craft centre where you can step back in time and see how copper was once mined and then exported all across Europe.

5.    Beautiful beaches

Devon is arguably Britain’s best destination for beaches and there are bags to choose from. For starters, spend a family day out at Woolcaombe Beach and you’ll love the pretty coloured bathing huts as well as the paddleboarding and kayaking activities, but Barricane Beach is a slightly more serene alternative where you can collect unusual shells supposedly washing in from the Caribbean.

6.    Surfing

That’s right  ̶  you can surf in England as well as in Hawaii and Australia! There are lots of places to hang ten in Devon, but Croyde Bay beach is one of the best for consistently good surf quality. If you haven’t tried the sport before, lessons are available from local clubs like Surf South West.

7.    Cuisine

If you’re a foodie, there’s plenty of fabulous cuisine in Devon to tickle your fancy. It’s tough to single out one eatery, but if you dine at the Michelin-starred Treby Arms, your taste buds will thank you. Try the jerk chicken breast with coconut rice and watercress with pineapple and tomato  ̶  divine.

Follow these seven tips and you’ll have a Devon staycation that you’ll treasure forever! There are many places for staycation in UK ,why not try BournemouthBlackpool or Great Yarmouth.

That’s our list! Share your own Devon travel tips in the comments section.

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Thursday, 22 October 2020

10 Ways to help keep your home dust free.

 10 ways to help keep your home dust free.

Many people suffer from dust allergies and asthma which can get worse if your house is dusty. It’s very important to keep your house free from dust mites and allergen. Here are a few ways you can try to keep your house:

 1. Regularly dust all surface, ornaments and make sure you move furniture and dust under and around and also dust the skirting boards.

 2. Make a habit of regularly vacuuming all soft furnishing like sofas, cushions and rugs.


3. Steam clean all furnishings.

4. Dust all light fittings and lampshades.

5. Dust all alcoves, corniches and behind and above curtain rails.

6. Regularly dust all curtains and blinds.

7. Steam clean all curtains regularly if you are not able to take them down often.

8. Vacuum your mattress and pillows and wash your duvet and bed sheets regularly.

9. Dust behind radiators and pipes where you get hidden areas of dust accumulation.

10. The one place people don’t realise is how much dust carpets trap in their pile. Regular vacuuming, wet carpet cleaning for embedded dust once every few months will help to reduce the problem.

For people who are severely asthmatic, it’s a good idea to do away with carpets all together by replacing them with engineered wood flooring.Wooden flooring is easier to keep clean and dust free.


Regular hoovering and mopping wooden floors prevents a build-up of dust particles that normally embed in carpet pile. For this reason alone replacing carpets with wooden flooring is the perfect choice for people who have dust allergies or are asthmatic. 

Engineered wood flooring is great for areas affected by humidity and temperature too because it has the ability to expand so there is less risk of damage and warping to the floor. This is due to the cross ply contraction, meaning that each layer of ply is staked with the grain running in the opposite direction. The plies are laminated together, which helps to prevent expansion and contraction.The floors are durable and easy to keep clean and dust free, especially if you have kids and pets. 


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There are many colours and finishes available in the engineered wood floors making them suitable for everyone’s taste be it modern or classic.With the floors ranging from light wood, dark wood, grey and white the choice is endless and will enhance the beauty of any house.With simple installation it is the perfect flooring to choose to keep your house dust free and safe.

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Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Olive Picking in Athens~Greece

Last November I travelled to Athens with my food blogger friend Heidi. The whole trip was planned so that we could attend the olive harvesting and see the olives being pressed into olive oil.

Greece is the third largest Olive Oil producer in the world. It's warm climate and hilly terrain makes it the perfect place for the olive trees to grow. There is a mythological story that states that Goddess Athena created the Olive tree for the Ancient Greeks so that they can sustain life. 

The olive trees start to form new branches in the spring and you can see the new growth and flowers blooming. Throughout the summer the olives grow under the Greek summer heat. The olive trees bask in the summer sun for months and finally they are ready for harvest in October and November.

Olive harvesting is a labour of love. The majority of harvesting is done by hand. Large green nets are laid under the trees and the pickers shake and comb the branches using a special rake to release the olives from the branches.

My first hand experience at Olive harvesting was very interesting and it made me realise how much effort is needed to comb the branches to harvest the olives.

We had a wonderful opportunity to have a hands on experience harvesting olives. It certainly was fun and very interesting, however it was hard work as care has to be taken to ensure the olives do not get damaged or bruised during the harvesting process.

Once harvested they are gathered from the nets, picked and sorted removing any leaves and branches before they are  loosely packed in crates for safe transportation. 

The olives are cleaned and washed before they are either preserved or pressed for oil. The olive oil production starts in early October and ends late December.

The art of pressing the precious oil out of the fruit of the olive tree has been passed on from generation to generation. This interest and commitment to the cultivation of the olive tree has made Greece the world's third largest producer of olive oil. 

We were fortunate to visit an small Olive Oil Mill in Athens to see how the olives were pressed to extract the oil. It was interesting to see the olives transferred from the crates and sacks into a large feeder. We were able to walk around the mill and watch the entire process they went through from cleaning, pressing, centrifugation, decanting and filtration to reach the final product.

Most Greeks own olive trees and they harvest and press olives to make enough oil to last them throughout the year, until the next harvest. The smaller mills similar to the one we visited in Markopoulon -Athens offer the facility to have small quantities pressed for domestic use.

The manufactured olive oil is graded and the grading all depends on the climate, soil, olive variety and the harvesting methods of the olives. All these factors are of importance to get a good quality olive oil.

There are three types of Greek Olive Oil

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

All Greek olive oil is extracted by a cold pressing process which is chemical free. For the oil to pass as Extra Virgin Grade they need to have an acidity level which is less than 1%.  

Refined Olive Oil

Any pressed Greek olive oil that has an acidity level greater than 2%, has to go through a refining process. Once it has been through this process it is mixed with 35% Extra virgin olive oil and graded as refined olive oil.

Olive Oil Pomace

Olive Oil Pomace is generally used in cooking and the regulation states that is has to be solely made from olive oil and must not contain any other oils. The Greek olive oil pomace is a blend of kernel oil, extracted from the pulp and pit solids to which a minimum of 5% extra-virgin oil added, to enhance flavour and aroma.  

Next time you buy olive oil do make sure you are aware of what you are buying as not all olive oil is the same grade.My olive picking experience in Athens-Greece was amazing and I learn't a lot about the different stages of olive harvesting and manufacture. I was fortunate to be able to take home my very own freshly pressed Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. (We did not have bottles on hand but luckily we were able to take the oil home in some empty clean water bottles.)

My Athens travels have been really enjoyable and if you would like to follow my journey please check out the posts linked below:

Places to visit around the Athenian Riveria

Dining out in Athens

Things to do in Athens

We stayed in Athens for 7 days. In my next post, I will share my experience of a Greek Cookery class with the Greek Key, our trip to Poseidon Temple in Sounion and the day out to Evia Island.