Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Spain by Chris Stewart

By Chris Stewart

  No faster had Chris Stewart set eyes on El Valero than he passed over a check.  Now all he needed to do was once clarify to Ana, his spouse that they have been the proud proprietors of an remoted sheep farm within the Alpujarra Mountains in Southern Spain.  That was once the simple part.

Lush with olive, lemon, and almond groves, the farm lacks a couple of essentials—running water, electrical energy, an entry road.  after which there's the matter of rapacious Pedro Romero, the former proprietor who refuses to leave.  A perpetual optimist, whose ability as a sheepshearer offers an awesome entrée into his new neighborhood, Stewart also possesses an unflappable spirit that, we quickly examine, not anything can diminish.  totally enchanted by way of the rugged terrain of the hillside and the folk they meet alongside the way—among them farmers, together with the ever-resourceful Domingo, different expatriates and artists—Chris and Ana Stewart construct an enviable existence, whole with a toddler and canine, in a rustic faraway from home.

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