A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

The olive picking workout!

Well, we’re on day 3 of olive picking, and still alive to tell the story!

Sore muscles, dark shadows under the eyes. Feeling so tired you’re not sure you’ll make it to 10pm. Waking up to the alarm clock, in total disbelief at how quickly the night went. It’s certainly not a bed of roses!

On the plus side, our eyes and skin look great from the time spent outdoors. We’re getting a great dose of Vitamin D from the sun – no risk of rickets at Casa Tyr!

Before the usual Christmas glut, rather than sitting in an office, we’ve spent our days outside in the fresh air, walking up and down hills, getting fit, losing weight. We talk about everything under the sun, but aren’t afraid of companionable silence.

And we eat and eat and eat! We use up so much energy that we (and the dogs) eat huge meals, without a speck of guilt. How often do you really, really get hungry, so hungry that you feel almost faint? Well, pick olives for 8 hours a day, and you’ll feel that way every day! No need to count calories this week!

Oh, you doubters in the UK who were “too busy” to help – how you have missed out!

And the olives. Wow, are they good this year. It’s not a huge harvest (olives have a 2 year cycle, one good, one less good), but every olive is in perfect condition. Not a trace of disease or infestation.

We probably have 3-4 days of picking left. Then comes the best part – the pressing of the olives into Yunquera Gold olive oil. It could be a vintage year!

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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