A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

It’s that time of year again…


…for the annual “cleaning of the feet” !

No, not our feet, sillies! It is the phrase used here for getting rid of the weeds and suckers at the base of the olive trees. This is an important part of the preparation for the olive harvest. If you ‘clean the feet’, it’s easier to lay the nets flat under the trees, thus not wasting one single precious olive!

The dogs had a great time. They’ve been stuck indoors for a few days, as we had visitors (see previous blog on daughter Peggy’s visit with the new BF!). So they had loads of energy, and ran around most of the day. The hardest thing for me is that one of Milo’s greatest tricks is to grab the olive suckers as I’m carefully piling them up – have you ever tried to hold onto a stick with a 90 pound dog on the other end of it? It’s not easy, and in fact, I usually lose the battle!

Of course, it’s hard work. Kenton goes along with the big strimmer, getting the biggest of the weeds and suckers, and I follow along behind him with my hatchet, removing anything he can’t get close in enough to strim. At the end of the day, ankles hurt, knees hurt, shoulders hurt. Even my hands hurt!

Today was day 1 in the process. Up and down the hills. Slide around on the loose dirt and rocks. Bend down to get under the trees. All in a day’s work ‘cleaning the feet’!

Pruning under the olive trees

Strimming under the olive trees

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 “It’s that time of year again…

  1. I really want to see a photo of Ann and her hatchet. I imagine no one argues with her with hatchet in hand!