A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Springtime musing

It’s about this time of year that you realize just how much work a farm is! Our winters stay busy enough with cutting wood for the fire, olive picking and so on. But come spring, it’s really all go! Planting spring and summer vegetables, weeding (ohmigod, the weeds!), and so on.

We’re still cutting wood for the fire, but are looking forward to a month’s time or so when a fire is no longer needed.

In the meantime, it was weeding for me today, while Kenton rotovated the bottom garden, ready to receive the baby tomatoes and peppers in a few weeks time. It’s exciting stuff, especially as we are now busy harvesting our winter veg, such as broccoli, onions and swede.

It doesn’t look like water will be a problem this year, either. We’re usually OK, but Andalucia as a whole often suffers badly if rain is in short supply. Or at least the farmers do – the golf courses on the coast remain as green as always, no matter what the rainfall.

This year, water is streaming out of the rock near our garden, rushing in a newly-formed brook and waterfall down to the fuentes near the forest.

It was so idyllic down below that after lunch, we took a 30 minute cat nap under an olive tree – listening to the birds sing and the water stream by was about the best relaxation that you could imagine. Money just can’t buy that sort of peace and quiet.

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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