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: Organic, Delicate, Medium and Intense. My favourite, as last year, the Intense. (https://www.senoriosderelleu.com/nosotros/)


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 for oranges and lemons as well