Saturday, October 1, 2011

Ambrosio's Abundance

Ambrosio is the son of Dona Antolina, the previous owner of the farmhouse we bought some 2 years ago. He picks the olives and almonds off the land at harvest time, and last year gave us 3 huge 5 litre bottles of olive oil, which must be more than the amount of the whole crop - we have about 30 olive trees. We said that was far too much but he insisted, and he also cleared all our land of giant weeds which had overtaken the land in the spring. So by way of thanking him Lari bought some small gifts from Canada for his wife, his mother, and his 11 year old daughter, and gave them to his wife last weekend.

Today he arrives with this enormous amount of vegetables, fresh from his garden - kilos of fresh sweet tomatoes, purple aubergines, 3 melons, and just loads of shiny red and green peppers all brimming with health and vitality.
So now we have to come up with a way of thanking him for this - and so it goes on.
There is a financial crisis here, just as everywhere else, and just like everywhere else there is a shortage of money, but you would never know it here for the generosity of the spirit that seems to be everywhere.
Muchas gracias Ambrosio!


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