Driving Over Lemons
An Optimist in SpainBook - 2001 | First Vintage Departures edition
nbsp; No sooner had Chris Stewart set eyes on El Valero than he handed over a check.nbsp; Now all he had to do was explain to Ana, his wife that they were the proud owners of an isolated sheep farm in the Alpujarra Mountains in Southern Spain.nbsp; That was the easy part.
Lush with olive, lemon, and almond groves, the farm lacks a few essentials--running water, electricity, an access road.nbsp; And then there's the problem of rapacious Pedro Romero, the previous owner who refuses to leave.nbsp; A perpetual optimist, whose skill as a sheepshearer provides an ideal entrée into his new community, Stewart alsonbsp;possesses an unflappable spirit that, we soon learn, nothing can diminish.nbsp; Wholly enchanted by the rugged terrain of the hillside and the people they meet along the way--among them farmers, including the ever-resourceful Domingo, other expatriates and artists--Chris and Ana Stewart build an enviable life, complete with a child and dogs, in a country far from home.
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