A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Sevilliano the mule


Sevilliano is Manuel’s mule and usual working companion. He is over 30 years old now, with lots of gray hairs (the mule, I’m talking about!!).

He normally does not have to work very hard. Manuel rides him up to wherever he is working for the day, then lets the mule graze and doze all day until it’s time to go home in the evening.

Occasionally, Sevilliano does have to work. During the grape harvest, during orange harvest, or like today – lugging wood down the mountain.

Today, he was working for us. It amazes me sometimes – a few years ago, we were both working in offices (or in Kenton’s case, much of the time was spent on airplanes). Both in IT. The only animals we were ever around were our boxer dogs!

But now? We cinch up the mule, put on the working harness, and lead him up and down the mountain with loads of wood. Of course, he is not as well behaved as he is with Manuel! He knows his own way up and down the track, but with us, he continually veers away to eat a tasty bit of grass! Manuel says he acts like a naughty child sometimes, and I think he is right!

All the way down the mountain, Sevilliano mutters and groans with distaste. He grumbles and complains. He farts in disapproval. He makes it known that he is Not Happy Working, especially with novices like us!

Anyway, I took some footage of the day, for those who like to see what we’re up to!

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!

2 thoughts on “Sevilliano the mule

  1. Have you ever thought of getting your own mule?


    • Oh yes, we have! They are really good working animals.

      However, the more animals you have, the harder it is to ever go away anywhere (reunions, even?). You can’t put a mule into kennels like you can dogs! 🙂