A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Counting the cost

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Yunquera made the news today – apparently it was the hardest hit area in the province of Malaga. The main streets were rivers, with cars floating down them. The highway between here and the next town was closed due to the sheer amount of water. 10 houses in town had more than a metre of water in them. We had 2.5 inches of rain in 2 hours, and over 4 inches in all.

And that is just the town! The campo was very hard hit. Depending on where your land is, you either lost just some of your crops, or the whole thing.

In the end, it looks like we at Casa Tyr were luckier than most.

  • As we live on the mountain, our house did not flood. As we have our own power and water supplies, we didn’t lose electricity or water in the storm (the fates dictated that, although the town was flooded, the town water supply failed).
  • It looks like we’ve lost about 50% of our olive crop. But the walnuts and chestnuts are OK.
  • The peppers were stripped from the plants and split apart by the hail, so a total loss. Same for the cucumbers and courgettes.
  • The remaining tomatoes? Probably 80% destroyed. But luckily, we have already canned and preserved the bulk of the crop.
  • Our grapes (the few that we have) are decimated, as are the vineyards next to and below us that belong to neighbours. Their grapes literally exploded from the hail. But it looks like Manuel’s vineyards are roughly OK – probably about 20% lost. But our worry is that vendimia is 2 weeks away, and now the grapes are very vulnerable to additional damage.
  • Many of the orange trees in the area were badly damaged. And in the valley the other side of town, their potato plants had come through, and therefore were shredded by the hail. Ours were only planted last week, so should be OK.

As our friend Jenny says, we’re all still here, no one got hurt, so we have much to be thankful for. But it surely does bring one down to earth to have so much destroyed in just a couple of hours. Man is not nearly as powerful as we’d like to think!

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!

One thought on “Counting the cost

  1. I’m sad to read this. Let us hope tomorrow the sun shines.