A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Olive picking – terminado!


Yes, we’ve finished – for now, anyway!

Yesterday, by lunchtime, we’d picked our “tariff” for the day (3 sacks), and reckoned that we finally had picked enough olives for a full press. So off to the mill we went, and sure enough, we now had plenty for the press!

We’re hoping that (weather permitting) we can get out after Christmas and pick the remaining olives – we hate to waste them! If we’re lucky, there will be enough for a second press, but we’ll have to wait and see. As always, we are at the mercy of the weather – both rain and wind are common at this time of the year, and the riper the olives are, the more prone they are to being blown off the tree.

Watch this space for yet more exciting olive picking news in a couple of weeks, but for now, let the Christmas preparations begin!


Ann even manages a smile on day 5 of olive picking!

Day 5 - Ann still smiling! (photo by Kenton@imagenary.co.uk)

Gorgeous Casa Tyr olives

Gorgeous Casa Tyr olives (photo by Kenton@imagenary.co.uk)


Fitz relaxing on the nets (photo by Kenton@imagenary.co.uk)


Milo catching a few winks (photo by Kenton@imagenary.co.uk)



Yunquera view

Gorgeous view from Casa Tyr (photo by Kenton@imagenary.co.uk)



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!

4 thoughts on “Olive picking – terminado!

  1. Ann, you look great! And the photo of the plives in the nets is so colorful. What beauty you have around you every day, as I sit and watch yet more snow fall.


    • Nancy, thanks! It’s amazing that I could manage a smile on my 5th day of picking! When I saw that photo of me, I could finally see what Kenton meant when he said that we Larson kids look like Dad!


  2. Congratulations on your full press of olives.

    So pleasing to see you both enjoy the efforts that Casa Tyr throws up at you.

    Enjoy your break over the festivities.

    The joy will be when you get the second batch to the presses. 😦

    All the best.

    Regards. Barrie