Kenton had a few hours out with a good friend of ours yesterday. It tends to be that if you agree to meet a friend, you lose control of your time from then onward! So what was supposed to be a quick tour of one of the town buildings turned into a 3 hour tour around the area!
Gifts abound on these trips. Kenton came home with bags of clementines, lemons, avocados, radishes. Also a cabbage, a cauli and some parsley. All very welcome, as due to our respective recoveries from surgery, our winter garden was planted very late this year. (We are so used to eating vegetables fresh from the garden that it’s almost impossible for us to buy/eat/enjoy store-bought vegetables)
As the pair drove around, our friend commented on the number of pieces of land owned by ex-pats, which are now abandoned and have now become ruins. He said
See that land? It used to be one of the nicest pieces of land in Yunquera. It had everything – oranges, lemons, avocados, grapes, olives, cherries. It was irrigated and terraced – you could grow anything.
And now? Abandoned for the last 5 years, untended and unloved, a ruin.
Manuel has told us that the biggest sin he could think of was to not work your land. I can understand this, because as he was growing up, if you had land, you could grow food, and not starve. And he knew many people in this village that starved during those years.
So one wonders what is thought of us over-indulged ex-pats who move here and expect the easy life? I think we can guess.