Rachel’s Wanderings in Spain – 9 – Autumn Looms, Almonds Fall and Time Flies By
I expect you know the feeling when days fly by and a week ago seems more like a month ago. That’s my life right now. Organising the Estate Agency office, keeping up with the Holiday Home and on top of it all I have family visiting – life is busy. So what’ s new? I’m also out every day listing properties for sale and meeting myself coming back. The office is supposed to open on Monday 16th September. I planned to take family back to Malaga airport and then collect it from the store – so saving a lot of euros. You’ve guessed it. Because the factory closed in August production is behind and my office furniture will not be ready for collection as stated.
It is plan B planning time. If I have to stand up (or sit on the floor) the office will open on time. I’m pulling my hair out with papers and files, I have some documents on the office computer others on my laptop which I don’t take to the office now I have computers there (but no desks!) The printer is in the office when I want it at home….. On the bright side I’m loving the role. Driving the country roads around Jaen province, meeting lots of new people both English and Spanish also Dutch and French means I’m speaking Spanish lots and which will hopefully improve. Seeing houses in all states of repair from daylight through the roof to immaculately renovated. I’m in my element. Do you want to buy a house? My own holiday home is now up for sale as there is no way that we can run both satisfactorily as well as a portfolio of 64 properties from tiny run down town houses (from 20,000€) to big posh country houses in excess of 200,000€.
The slight cooling of temperatures now we’re in September is most welcome and I am looking forward to Autumn this year. With the almond harvest starting, figs that have been fabulous this year and almost constant since the early crop in April/May. Our grapes are ripening fast and we have to bottle last year’s (hopefully) wine before we can pick and tread this year’s crop. Somehow even with all the busyness that is going on I’m sure we will make time to do that! Last year we produced, following basic instructions from a neighbour, some very fine Fino wine. We put some in a Fino bottle and presented it to a wine connoisseur friend who agreed that it was indeed a very nice Fino. We did not tell him about hubby treading the grapes in well-washed wellies! Last year’s crop I crushed under bare feet. I’m not doing that again. I enjoyed the sensation but grapes popped through my toes and a few wasps oozed to the top. But yet again we produced wine and not vinegar, so this weekend it is bottling time I hope and fingers crossed that it is drinkable.
Having family here means the almond crop is being de-shelled which is great and I job I don’t usually bother with but when there is a dish of already shelled nuts it is so easy to keep on nibbling so the morning walking is a must for my sanity, health but above all the waistline, although I should probably say weight as the waistline vanished a decade or so ago.
If you have ever wondered where all the olive oil in Spain is produced then my home province of Jaen with olive groves as far as the eye can see is the place to visit and largest producing area in Spain. It is also the most northerly province in Andalucia and the area in Europe with more castles and watchtowers than any other. It also has an interesting history of battle re-enactments – if you’re heading my way let me know! If not
B-C-I-ing-U in two weeks.