A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Busy bees


Summer in Spain is supposed to consist of peaceful days lounging around the pool, drinking the proverbial Gin & Tonic, right? That is certainly the idyllic summertime if you are an English expat, anyway!

Well, I don’t like G&T’s, and it’s our busy time of year, so you won’t find this lady lounging around the pool!

What are we up to? Gardening, for one thing. Our big ‘below’ summer veggie garden has to be weeded, neemed and fed once a week, to keep the plants healthy and disease/pest free. We don’t use pesticides on our lovely plants, oh no – we use neem oil, which works wonders and doesn’t spoil the plants with hideous chemicals. The vegetables also need watering twice a week, to keep them optimally refreshed.


Fresh-picked plums

Then there is the ‘above’ garden, which has our squash, herbs, and a few delicate veggies, such as lettuce. They don’t need the neem, but they do need watering and feeding. So do the flowers, or everything will die in our hot, dry summer temperatures!

Growing vegetables (and fruit) means that summer also brings preserving. This week, it was the plum harvest, so I made several jars of Chinese plum sauce. Next up are the pears, then the apples – cider, anyone? The ironic thing is that you have to keep the burners going constantly to preserve the produce – not a welcome thing when temperatures are getting up to 90+ every day!

Summer is also a busy time for Lujos. This week, I was making orders for our Australian agent, and next week, for private customers. Add to that my product research and development, and it keeps me pretty busy.

You can never stop to catch a breath!


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 “Busy bees

  1. It’s pretty much the same over here in Extremadura – I jammed the last of the plums last week and will be making more marrow chutney later on today!