I’ve always loved the idea of living near water – the sea, a river, a lake, a stream, it doesn’t really matter – there is just something so soothing and reflective about a trickle or a gloop or a slosh. It’s one of those things hard to replicate in a flat in the city, short of leaving the kitchen tap running, which strangely doesn’t have the same effect.
Judging by the reactions we got when we said we were off to Italy to live on an olive grove, a lot of people entertain similar fantasies about living amongst the silvery grey, quietly effective leaves of an olive grove. But like the babbling brook, it is hard to imitate.
In response to popular yearning for the olive and the joy of cultivation, we have come up with this teensy little olive tree that you can grow yourself – in a tin. No windowsill is too small, no kitchen ledge unworthy of the task of seeing seedling turn to sapling. It might even bear fruit. We hope it will bring the joy of the olive into your home, however modest.
Oh sorry, excuse me, I just need to go and turn a tap off.