A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Visitors to Casa Tyr

We don’t get passers-by at Casa Tyr. Never. It’s not that we are unfriendly, it’s just that…well…we’re very much off the beaten track! We don’t live on a street, or even up a recognized road. We live on top of a mountain, and the track that leads to us is fairly long, curvy and rutted.

A few hardy souls do ask to come see us, however, and one such group was from Holland. They were staying at a nearby yoga center, and asked if they could come visit our farm and see the olive trees. It seemed an odd request to us (we don’t seem that interesting to us!), but we thought sure, why not?

So the group of ladies (and one man) drove up to see us. We talked about our life here, how we live off grid and are mostly self-sufficient. We also talked about growing olives, making olive oil and how Lujos came about. Then, they took a walk down to the forest, so they could see the wild herbs growing, and see the emerging potatoes in our potato patch. They were quite intrepid, walking in their light sandals, and on a rather cool, damp day, too!

After their walk, we offered them a bite to eat. It’s traditional in Spanish households to offer guests a bit of cheese, maybe some ham, and always bread. (unfortunately, our new friends could not sample the local wine, as they were on a detox week!!)

It was all very pleasant, and it was wonderful to share our perspective with others. In return, they showed their support for our effort by asking questions, and even buying some of our Yunquera Gold olive oil, and some Lujos, too.

All in all, a wonderful visit, and hopefully Lujos has made a few new friends! Thank you, Mirjam!

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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