By Peter Kerr
It is the stuff of goals. A Scottish kin surrender relative sanity and protection to head and develop oranges for a residing in a secluded valley within the mountains of Mallorca. yet desires, as we all know, have a bad behavior of no longer turning out relatively as meant. Being greeted by way of a freak storm from snow is barely the 1st of many surprises and "experiences", and it's not lengthy prior to they recognize that they have got been offered a little a lemon of an orange farm by means of the wily earlier vendors. although, laughter is the easiest drugs and a colorful set of Mallorcan neighbours (including an eccentric outdated goat-herd who eats worm-ridden oranges to enhance his intercourse lifestyles) repair the family's religion in human nature and aid them adapt to a brand new and unexpectedly checking out lifestyles during this deceptively basic idyll of rural Spain.
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But I still look after the money, though. ’ She beamed her fivetooth smile again. ‘Hombre, I will never be too old for that. ’ Laughing quietly to herself, she turned to leave. ‘Adéu, señor. My regards to your wife . . ’ She winked impishly, then added in a loud whisper, ‘You will learn soon enough, señor. ’ Hell’s bells, I really did have a lot to learn, I thought to myself while I trudged back through the fields to the house. God, look at all those bloody fruit trees . . I still had to find out how to feed them, prune them, spray them, irrigate them, and the only ones I could even identify yet were the ones with oranges and lemons hanging from them.
She gripped the sides of her seat as I swung the car to the right, nipping in between two buses and almost colliding with a carload of nuns who were signalling to go into the car park too. It was one of those fifty-fifty situations, and back in Britain I would surely have shown good manners by letting the ladies go ahead, but this was Spain, I had just been subjected to a scrotum-tightening initiation into their driving methods, and besides, I was only a loco extranjero. ‘Bugger it! ’ I snarled, swerving brazenly in front of the nuns, and just beating them to the ticket barrier.
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