A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

A disaster in Yunquera


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…

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!

2 thoughts on “A disaster in Yunquera

  1. I am so sorry to hear this. Do you have insurance? Can you still make a go of it with Lujos on a smaller scale?

    When life is going relatively smoothly (see your earlier post today), I always feel like I am looking over my shoulder to see where the next bombshell will come from. You never really understand about ups and downs when you are a child, but you sure do as an adult.


    • No, we don’t have insurance for failed crops – think that would be prohibitively expensive! We can still make a go of it with Lujos, it just means that if it is a *big* success, we may run short of olive oil! We will make sure to sell less of the bottled oil in the meantime, because the Lujos products are higher profit. (olive oil doesn’t command a high price locally!!)

      I agree with your sentiment. I remember thinking as a child that adults had it sooooo easy – good thing they don’t know different at the time!

      Thanks for the thoughts, Nance…