A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle


American visitors

It’s our privilege at Lujos to be in regular contact with almost all our customers. This is one of the reasons we will try to keep Lujos personal, and approachable – it’s the way we like to do business!

Through Lujos, we have made many new friends. And some of our friends and customers even come to see us! For example, we have a few groups of Dutch enthusiasts who come to see us a couple of times a year. They love to tour the land, look for wild flowers, and enjoy a bit of conversation with us. They are wonderful supporters of Lujos and natural products in general – the Dutch really “get it” when it comes to natural products!

Yesterday, we had visitors from my corner of the world. (one even attended university in North Dakota!) One of our customers lives in a town near the coast, and asked if she could come visit the farm one day. “Of course,” we said, “we love visitors!”

Our customer’s husband works in Kurdistan, and was here for his regular leave, so he came with the group. And incredibly, two of their friends from the US were also keen to visit! They had taken a cruise across the Atlantic, then flown to Spain for a few days. And one of those days, they visited our very own Casa Tyr.

We took them on our usual tour of the land. They were interested in absolutely everything– the olive trees, the garden, the forest, the wild flowers and herbs, the house. They wanted to talk about the Spanish economy, what we thought of living here, making soap, how we decided to start Lujos. The time flew by!

It’s great for us to occasionally see Casa Tyr through others’ eyes – it gives us a new appreciation for the beauty around us. Our visitors’ unbridled enthusiasm also renewed our own passion for what we are trying to do here. And they confirmed for us that we are spot on in our efforts to convert people to a more natural life.


Wildflower at Casa Tyr (photo by Kenton@imagenary.co.uk)

And you know what? They were very much like us, and thought like us. Americans are sometimes ridiculed for their often insular attitude towards the rest of the world. But these new friends confirmed what I had long thought. Every country in the world has those who are insular in their attitudes, that care nothing of the rest of the world. But those who travel, and see how others live, and who engage with those around them, soon come to realize that we are all pretty much the same, with the same hopes and desires. It helps to make the world a less scary place.

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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