Driving over Lemons: An Optimist in Spain

When Chris Stewart and his wife Ana buy a farm in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains of Andalucía, they get a crash course in rural life and the Spanish renovation process.  Set amid abundant olive groves and lemon trees, their new home brings complications, surprises, and joy. 

"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-petaled 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