A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Unexpectedly grateful


As we have been doing all summer, this morning we got up early to go down the garden. I hasten to point out that this is not the norm for me, to do anything bc (before coffee).

watermelonThis routine has been a necessary part of our summer. All through July, we had such an incredible heat wave, that we couldn’t contemplate doing the work in the early evening, as is our norm. It didn’t cool off until around 10pm, and somehow gardening just as you’re ready to sit down and relax really did not compute.

So down the garden we would go, first thing – getting back to the house around 10am for breakfast. The dogs also like this routine, as it is still cool enough for them to run around and have fun. And steal tomatoes.

So, why am I unexpectedly grateful, you ask? It’s the garden itself. Full of healthy, deep green plants, producing an abundance of tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, 2 kinds of peppers, hot peppers, 2 kinds of melon, and 3 types of squash. The bounty will keep us going all winter long.tomatoes 2015

In fact, we think this is one of our best gardens in years. I consider our garden a minor miracle this year – it was planted when I was in the middle of chemo, dizzy and stumbling around with numb feet. But plant we did, and I’m so grateful that it has worked out so well – by dint of our hard work and a little luck!

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 “Unexpectedly grateful

  1. Yum! I love this time of year with all the great local fruit and vegetables. August is peach month around here, and I eat 2-3 every day. They are so juicy you have to eat them over the sink or with a napkin in one hand.

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    • Me too, I gorge on fruit and veg! No wonder we don’t eat as many vegetables in the winter – they don’t taste as good!

      Oooo, peaches, I love them! We don’t get very good ones here, I think it is just too hot for them. But the sweet corn… !!!