Entries by Christopher North

Spring and Irises

About six years ago we bought some Irises from the superb Iris farm at Pinos near the Sierra Bernia. Each year they’ve increased – we seem to have perfect conditions for them. They’ve been particularly spectacular this year  – some consolation. as we’ve been rather more house-bound than usual.

Olive Harvest 2020

Summer heat brought our harvest forward – quite a few trees seems to be having a rest so the harvest a little below expected. 264 kilos were gathered with the customary mix of roughly Manzanillas 80% and Blanqueta 20% producing 65 litres of Extra virgin organic olive oil from Jordi’s press in the campo. No […]

Florentina Irises Spectacular this year

The rains earlier on have generated a spectacular display of Iris Florentina and Germanica on our second bancal. They are only matched by the African daisies which are spreading everywhere. Irises flourish in our climate – the colony we have has grown from about half a dozen we planted fifteen years ago.This a spectacular year […]

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Relleu’s Aurora Club

We started the Aurora Club in Relleu with friends some six years ago prompted by a desire to explore the history and culture of our village. Talks, visiting lecturers and trips have taken place monthly – always followed by lunch, often at our local Bar Cazador – where Luis and Paloma serve local cuisine and […]


Oranges, Mandarins and Blossom Valero

After the storms and cold of January, Spring very much underway here. Today stocked up on oranges and mandarins from our Valero grove. The January rain has brought the oranges on nicely – now need to organise clearing the dense wild flowers (some say weeds) from the orchards. Beautiful balmy day – sunbathed for an […]

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Olive Harvest 2019

We gathered  little later than usual this year – about half the trees were producing following the odd weather – but we harvested sufficient for 72 litres of extra virgin – a 80/20 mix of Manzanilla and Blanqueta olives. The oil smooth, tasty and easily enough for us and our friends this coming year. We […]