Driving over Lemons: An Optimist in Spain by Chris Stewart

driving over lemonsWhen Chris Stewart and his wife Ana buy a farm in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, they get a crash course in rural life and the Spanish renovation process.

“In spring the blossoming of the orange trees takes you unawares.  At first only a pale haze becomes apparent across the dark green of the leaves.  This is the green of the flower-buds.  Then all of a sudden the buds are transformed into exquisite white five-petalled stars, radiating from cream-yellow pistils and stamens.  The scent is delicate and heady, and when each tree becomes a mass of white flowers an almost tangible mist of orange blossom hangs in the air.”

Chris Stewart was the original drummer for the bad Genesis, and now works as a writer and farmer.  His books include Driving Over Lemons, Three Ways to Capsize a Boat, A Parrot in the Pepper Tree, Last Days of the Bus Club, and The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society.

Published:  1999
Length:  256 pages
Set in:  Spain



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