After our lovely start to the day, it began to gently rain. And then rain harder. And then hail. And hail some more. It hailed, off and on, for over an hour. At one point the stones were as big as cherries.
We just went outdoors to count the damage. It looks like we have lost at least 50% of our olive harvest – disaster for our oil production and new soap/beauty products venture.
Just as bad, our neighbour Andy reports that his grapes have been decimated. That must mean that our friend Manuel’s vineyards have been just as badly hit. Vendimia is due to start in 2 weeks, with grapes now juicy and plump. I wonder if he will even have enough grapes left to press?
And that doesn’t even count the damage to our vegetable garden. I’m sure everything that was left is now lost. And the chestnuts and walnuts? Who knows. We’ll find out tomorrow.
Please spare a thought to small farmers at times like this. We’re not all ‘big guys’ in agribusiness. Some of us only have small farms, and depend on our crops coming good to make our living.
It’s a bad day in Yunquera today…