A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

A day with no energy

That’s today. Maybe it’s a leftover vestige of travel fatigue from our trip to the UK last week. Maybe it’s because we were really socialised out by the visit – that can be pretty tiring for us mountain folks!

Anyway, we have also been mega busy since our return. Big watering of the garden, big harvest of tomatoes, and the work that results from harvesting. Days of processing tomatoes, chopping, peeling, making salsa. Processing cucumbers and squash. Making chutneys, soups, sauces. That was my work for this week.

Kenton had other important work to do, especially urgent as the rainy season will be starting in a few weeks. And he’s working with Manuel all next week, which pretty much wipes out the whole week. He has been working on the side of the house that had some water issues last winter – that means stripping off loose paint, painting with a waterproofing paint (3 coats!!!). That takes ages, as he has to inch along on the ladder.

Not to mention the paid work that we have taken on recently, which involves some photography, preparation of a website, and so on. That, too, has to happen in September.

Add to that Lujos – content for the website, photos, final testing. Making products. It needs to be launched in…wait for it…September!

Oh, and I almost forgot – vendimia! A week of grape picking for me, and a week of grape pressing for Kenton. Nothing else gets done that week because we are too tired at the end of the day! That starts the last week of September.

No wonder I have no energy today – I am just hoping that September lasts longer than 30 days this year, so that we can get it all done!

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!

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