Having written recently about the Lonely Planet guide to Andalucia it seemed a natural leap to look at the written work of Chris Stewart. I have The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society open here as I couldn’t find my copy of his more famous Driving Over Lemons.
This guy was once a drummer with Genesis. Actually i saw him at my very first rock gig when I was eighteen, back then the band had two drummers, Chris and that other Collins fellow. He moved his family to Andalucia pretty much on a whim a couple of decades ago and there are at least three great books that cronicle his adventures, from buying his land in the first place, through times of real struggle and hardship, to becoming an accepted part of the community.
He writes with lovely self deprecating whit and humour, and infects you with his love of life, but he doesn’t present an indomitable spirit that may leave you feeling inadequate, rather he leaves you feeling that you too could do what he has done.
Buy Driving Over Lemons and go south to read it. You too will start looking at prices of land and wondering what you could do. And in the past two decades there has probably not been a better time to give it a try.