Diego owns land adjoining ours. He lives and works away from the village, but his family have owned land around Yunquera forever. We saw him picking his chestnuts with his father last weekend. His father has an amazingly screechy voice, that you can here even over the sound of a strong wind! We saw Diego in town yesterday, and he says his father (a widower in his 80’s) is looking for a girlfriend, preferably one around 20. We agreed that that would probably kill him, but that he wouldn’t mind.
Later, at the preview of Kenton’s photo extravaganza, we were talking to Manuel’s son Jose Márie. Manuel had talked for several years about cutting down his orange trees, and planting avocados in their stead, as avocados are a much higher-profit crop (you may remember from previous blogs that oranges here earn the farmer 6 cents/kilo). Even with our help at harvest time, he only just breaks even on his oranges.
I didn’t think he’d really do it, even though other farmers in the area have. But we heard last night that the deed has been done – all his orange trees razed, only saving enough for the family to use. Yes, I know things change. They have to. But not to see orange blossom, oranges, and the lovely green foliage around Yunquera anymore? I was devastated.
Neither of these stories are related. Just area news.
The more personal news from yesterday was the success of Kenton’s exhibition preview. It went very well, the photos looked great, and the crowd was appreciative. What more could a photographer want?