Our lesson in pruning olive trees took place at the home of Charles and Juliet Nicholson. Their estate has about 500 hundred olive trees, most of which were overgrown and hidden in the dense maquis when they took over the farm. Many suffered first from frost in1956 and then from a devastating fire in 1979. After the frost, the trees, which had mainly been used to produce oil for the soap industry of Marseille, were cut down and sold for their wood. Thus while some of their trees were newly planted after the fire, others are those which have re-grown from the old boles.