A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

It’s a man’s world


…or at least it is today, thank goodness!

Kenton and I share almost all the chores on the land and around the house. So he cooks and cleans with me, and I work on the land with him. It works well for us.

If you are a regular reader, you know that Kenton has been working with Manuel the past few days, spraying Manuel’s olive trees with a fungicide/insecticide mix. Noxious, to say the least, especially as Manuel is a firm believer in the adage “if a little is good, a lot is better”. He mixes the stuff at least 5 times stronger than the directions indicate. As a result Kenton has feel pretty awful for the past few days – sore eyes, bad chest, nausea. All common side effects of exposure to the insecticide. Lovely.

Usually, I work with the guys, but not with this task. It is a 2-man job, one to spray, and one to manage the rubber tubing. I confess that I am glad this is so; it is a horrible job, you get yelled at all the time by Manuel, and you end the day feeling sick.

I’ve been trying to get things done in Kenton’s absence, like planting the seeds for the greenhouse. I’ve planted herbs, tomatoes, hot peppers and flowers so far, with loads left to go. But it’s hard to get things done around the little ‘chores’ I’m given to do by the men!

After breakfast this morning, Manuel instructs me to prepare the potatoes, broad beans, onions, peppers, bread and garlic for the lunch, so it’s ready to cook when he arrives back.

I also have to wash the dishes, put the firewood under cover in case it rains, put some water in the pool, fill the water deposit.

Then plant seeds. While planting, the dogs discover 2 walkers, and race off to greet them. This terrifies the walkers, so I have to race (!) down the track to talk to them.

The spraying has been made worse today, because Kenton has been getting an ear-bashing all day because we don’t spray our trees. Manuel predicts we will have no olives this year, and then we’ll be sorry!

Enjoy the video – it is your first chance to ‘meet’ Manuel.

Author: Ann Larson

One-time IT executive who lives on a 22 acre olive farm in Spain with husband Kenton and 2 boxer dogs. We make Yunquera Gold olive oil, and soap and skincare products from same. We aim to make natural, fresh, and handmade products at affordable prices!

3 thoughts on “It’s a man’s world

  1. Manuel looked a little camera shy then!


  2. Good filming, and without the rain.