A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Today is about good news and bad news


The good news?

A big pat on the back for Imagenary Photography! My husband, the wonderful photographer who takes all the Lujos photos, and almost all the photos I post on this blog, and the Yunquera exhibition photos, has had his talent acknowledged by Professional Photographer magazine! And why not – take a look at this photo! I’m so proud!

Dancers in Yunquera fiesta

as used in Professional Photographer magazine (photo by Kenton @ imagenary.co.uk)

The bad news…

…is that the state of agriculture in our area is even worse than we thought.

Kenton was talking to one of the guys who works as an olive tree pruner – a very skilled job in these parts. The guy used to be part of a three-man gang, but work is so short that he works alone now (not a Spanish custom!). One of the other guys in the team now works on the coast.

The guy said that the winter was so bad weather-wise that most crops were lost or badly damaged. He was not able to pick one single olive from his own finca – all olives were lost to the weather, so now he has to buy olive oil for use in the house. It’s a tragedy.

One of his clients usually gets 25,000 kilos of olives from his farm, but this year only 3,000 kilos. And the price of olives was only 25 cents/kilo here. That client is one of the big land owners around here, but having no work done on his land this year. No pruning, no tractor work, no spraying, no hired hands. That is a minimum of 5-10 men not working for him this year.

Multiply that one case to other fincas in our area, and you can see the extent of the problem. In an area where small farmers are already suffering from low market prices, the weather has probably dealt a fatal blow to many.

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!

3 thoughts on “Today is about good news and bad news

  1. Almost as amazing as the wonderful photograph is the angle of the female dancer’s body — I am trying to figure out how she did that!

    So sorry to hear about the crop devastation. It seems that jobs are scarce everywhere, if not because of the economy then because of the consequences of the weather.


    • Well, I think it helped that she was only about 20! 🙂 The dancers were part of a free program that the town hall put on for everyone’s enjoyment.


  2. and how did she stay in that dress ? I’m guessing that this is not an activity for the Larson girls !