A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Catching up…at last!

I have probably bored you to tears with tales of our bad winter weather! Rain, rain and more rain. THREE YEARS worth of rain in 3 months. Incredible. There have been stories of houses sliding down hills, being washed away in ravines. Many of our friends in the village have had their roof leak. (one man says he had to sleep with a bucket on his chest to catch the drips, but that may be an exaggeration!)

Anyway. Onward.

We have finally begun to catch up on some of our usual chores. Planting potatoes, for example. The winter crop is our main crop of potatoes, and we were a month late with it. 2+ months late planting garlic and onions. 1 month late planting peas, beans, broad beans.

Sure, the plants will grow. But it is now a race to see if they will grow and be in a harvestable state before the hot weather hits. (most of the spring crop doesn’t like the intense summer heat here).

We’ll see. For us, it is very sad if this happens, because we would need to buy vegetables instead of freezing/canning our own. For other families in town, who have the same issues, it is a real crisis, as there is little enough money to go round as it is.

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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