A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Surveying the land, counting the cost

We took a long walk around the land this morning, to see what damage, if any, had been done to the land, the veg garden and the olives. Ever since December 21st, we have had hideous weather – it’s run the gamut from torrential rain, to mist, then wind, and snow. The lot! I may have already mentioned that before…

Well, I’m happy to report that this weeks seems to be different…so far! It is one of the joys of Spanish mountain weather that the weather can be cold and windy/misty one day, then warm and sunny the next. I could do with a long run of this wonderful weather.

But I digress. In general, everything looks undamaged, except further washing away of our track, which happens every year. This was good news – some people we know had several olive trees uprooted by the wind, and had their terracing of the land destroyed.

We had a couple of minor mudslides in the chestnut area of the forest, but nothing huge. No huge furrows or rutting due to rain, no trees down (except for two pines, which no one seems to value here!).  The veg garden is mostly OK – some of the little plants have been washed away, and a few of the fennel have died, but all in all, not as bad as we expected.

The only bad news is that, of our remaining half of olive trees that were unpicked, about 80% of the olives have been blown off. Manuel suggested that we pick the ‘suelos’ (the olives on the ground) as the mill is buying them at 22 cents/kilo, but with only 2 of us, that is a task that is almost impossibly long. And pointless, at that price!

So, it is not looking like we will get enough olives for another press, but we will pick the remaining ones and see how it goes – we may have more than we think. Watch this space!


Fitz helps inspect the land (photo by Kenton@imagenary.co.uk)

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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