A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Eager anticipation!


You may think I’m talking about the upcoming birth of my first grandchild when you read the title of this blog, but you’d be wrong!

Yes, of course I’m very much looking forward to becoming a grandmother – but that is not happening until the end of August, and in the meantime, there are loads of other things to eagerly anticipate around here!

So what in the world can I be talking about? Our summer veg, of course, and in particular, our very first tomato!

All winter long, we’ve been using the tomatoes preserved last year. Puree, ketchup, canned tomatoes, salsa — we’ve enjoyed every last jar of it, and now the cupboard is bare. We planted more tomato plants than ever this year, as we need to do a whole lotta (sic) preserving this summer! I grow many different varieties, from heirloom black russians to Italian plums and the stylish rafs, and when combined, they make a rich, dark, naturally sweet product.

Right now, the tomato plants are looking pretty fine, too. They are big, bush and healthy, with loads of flowers and tiny, growing tomatoes. But it’s agony to wait for the first ripe one! We are dreaming already of that first ripe tomato, sliced and eaten on our breakfast toast, which has first been lightly slathered in Yunquera Gold olive oil and some minced Casa Tyr garlic. Heaven.

In the meantime? We’ll enjoy the fruit and veg that is already ripe, like lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, green beans, cherries and our wonderful, sweet raspberries. It’s a tough life!

Fresh-picked raspberries



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!

2 thoughts on “Eager anticipation!

  1. I too am eagerly awaiting my first tomatoes. I’m with you in eagerly expecting!