Entries by Christopher North

Olive Gathering and a Visit from ‘The Strawberry Tree’

As with every year we are inviting you to join us in gathering olives from our Valero Grove, November 8th -11th this time joined by Ed Pemberton and Giselle Leah Benrimoj of ‘The Strawberry Tree’ specialists in Spanish tapas and cuisine, (https://www.facebook.com/StrawberryTrees/) who will run our kitchen, hold an informal cookery class, organize some olive […]

Retreats for Artists and Writers

A number of writers and artists have taken advantage of our retreat space here this year. With access to our extensive library, Wi/fi, printing facilities available and a quiet corner of the village an easy walk from the village square bars, market and local shops – everything fits to give you peace and tranquility to […]

A Trip to Tabarca

On 24th May we took a ferry over to Tabarca, an island off Cabo Santa Pola, Alicante. We can just see it on the horizon driving from Relleu to Alicante via Aguas de Busot. Formerly a roost for the aggressive Barbary pirates, the island has the remnants of a fortress citadel built in 1770 with […]

Spring in the Valero Grove

  We’ve just had our 80 or so olive trees in the Valero Grove expertly pruned. There is plenty of flower buds so we are hoping for a good harvest this Autumn, say 200 litres plus of Extra Virgin oil. The combination of blanqueta trees and the locally traditional Manzanilla trees produce a very pleasant […]

A Visit to the Nature Reserve at Pego

Inspired by Stephen Moss, the broadcaster, author and ornithologist who gave  a talk in our village on ‘Mrs Moreau’s Warbler – How Birds Got their Names’, Terry Gifford and I drove an hour North to visit the 1290 hectare Bird Sanctuary at Pego. This has a remarkable list of specialities including 3 types of Heron, […]

Blossom time in Relleu

  The first two weeks in February are a magic time in the valley — the almond blossom is out. A hundred years ago there would twice as many trees at least, the almonds going to the nearby Jijona Turrón factories, but there are still thousands of trees left – lining the bancales like white […]