By Peter Kerr
It is the stuff of goals. A Scottish family members surrender relative sanity and defense to head and develop oranges for a residing in a secluded valley within the mountains of Mallorca. yet goals, as we all know, have a bad behavior of now not turning out particularly as meant. Being greeted by way of a freak storm from snow is simply the 1st of many surprises and "experiences", and it's not lengthy earlier than they comprehend that they have got been bought a little bit a lemon of an orange farm via the wily past vendors. notwithstanding, laughter is the easiest medication and a colorful set of Mallorcan neighbours (including an eccentric previous goat-herd who eats worm-ridden oranges to enhance his intercourse existence) fix the family's religion in human nature and support them adapt to a brand new and unexpectedly checking out lifestyles during this deceptively uncomplicated idyll of rural Spain.
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Extra resources for Snowball Oranges: A Winter's Tale on a Spanish Isle
We visualised being confronted with a smelly concoction boiled up from the previous few days’ fishy leftovers – maybe even stuff which his cats had rejected. ’ I immediately wished that I hadn’t bothered to ask, but Pere had us where he wanted us and he was not to be denied now. ‘Ah, el segundo – un plato típico de Mallorca . . El Lomo con Col! Fantástico! Estupendo! ’ He threw his head back, intending to kiss his fingertips in true chef style, but succeeding only in grinding his glowing cigarette end into his melodramatically pursed lips.
Suddenly, it made me realise how our more ‘progressive’ ways had made us accustomed to buying sanitised, supermarket eggs, all squeaky clean and officially graded in their boring little plastic boxes. Hell, I thought, there could be millions of kids these days who really believe that hens actually lay their eggs in six-packs. 43 SNOWBALL ORANGES I must have gone slightly dewy-eyed at the sight of those ‘real’ eggs. ’ asked the puzzled old woman. ‘Oh, sí, sí,’ I assured her. ’ She scratched her grey head and muttered a string of unintelligible oaths, ending, I was sure, in loco extranjero – a common enough term in Mallorca, meaning ‘crazy foreigner’.
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