A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Springtime at Casa Tyr

Yes, I know, maybe I shouldn’t be writing about spring on a rainy day in May! But rain, too, is very much a part of spring for me. OK, maybe it’s not supposed to rain in Spain in May (hey, good rhyme!!), but where I come from, it’s pretty normal.

Anyway, I have been noticing that all our wildflowers are in full bloom now. Poppies, wild lilies, chamomile, sweet pea, and tons more that I don’t recognise! Weeds, too, of course, but that is a small price to pay for the beauty of spring. They are about 2 feet high right now, all over our land, because of the abundant rain over the winter.

Our friend Manuel is out every day this time of year, spraying noxious chemicals all around his vineyard. He hates weeds – and puts wildflowers in the same category. Pesticides and herbicides are used in huge amounts in our area by all our Spanish friends.

I understand why they do it. It’s tough for one man to keep the weeds under control when he has many acres of land to maintain. But that doesn’t mean I like it!

We don’t spray, we hire a tractor once a year to turn over the land – turning the weeds/wildflowers into natural fertiliser, without killing them off altogether. Manuel things we’re nuts, that we should spray to get rid of all the weeds. But I tell him that because we don’t spray, we get tons more bees, butterflies, and birds of prey over our land – a real bonus for this city girl! (and good for pollination, too!)

Enjoy the view.

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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