Sacred Sierra: A Year on a Spanish Mountain
This is a romantic, utterly alluring leap into Spanish sunshine, remote mountains and rural life. Jason Webster had lived in Spain for several years before he and his partner, the flamenco dancer Salud, decided to buy a deserted farmhouse clinging to the side of a steep valley in the eastern province of Castellón, near the sacred peak of Penaglosa. With help from local far...more
Having lived in Valencia itself, and tired of the heat and the noise, Jason and Salud decide the time is right to buy an old farm (a 'mas' in the local language) and see if they can live the good life in the mountains. But most of the mas have been abandoned as people left for ...more
As he works with the elements he narrates a wonderful story of the characters he meets and the friendships made, as well as his expansion of almond, olive and truffle farming.
Each chapter, told in monthly parts, is started with a traditional folk tale from the area, which adds something extra to what is already a great and well written ...more
Subsequently I have returned to it, (having read other reviews) but still find the authors attempts at creating mysticism does not really work for me and the over detailed planting details ...more