Entries by Christopher North

A Walkway Above Relleu’s Amadorio Gorge

Just opened, a brilliant addition to the attractions of Relleu valley – a high walkway into the deep Amadorio gorge beyond the 17th century dam. Until this exciting addition, the gorge was virtually inaccessible as it descended from Relleu to the Pantano at Orcheta. Occasional daredevils have made it through the tortuous , narrow, occasionally […]


Excellent 2021 Olive Harvest

200 litres plus with a contribution from every tree in our Valero groves, a bumper harvest after last year. The Extra virgin produced excellent – and plenty over for friends. We went on to an olive oil tasting at nearby award winning ‘Señorios de Relleu – where Hugo Quintinilla let us sample his four varieties: […]

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 […]