Entries by Christopher North

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]