Memories of Aspen Edge 1950-2009

Whatever the future holds for the farm at Semilla Besada, situated high above Lanjaron in the Alpujarras region of Andalucia, it will always be known to us as “David and Aspen’s place”.

Aspen Edge

Aspen Edge

We remember well our trips to visit David and Aspen. From the outset we were made to feel at home. Aspen’s warm, freshly baked buns washed down with strong coffee is a potent combination. We would then tour the farm. To two embryonic, self sufficiency wanabees, this was an Aladin’s cave! We would marvel with barely suppressed jealousy at what had been achieved at the farm.

Then it was back for more coffee and stimulating conversation. At this point Aspen would produce more startling revelations to us, such as her “home grown” homeopathy treatments, her vinegar cultures, home made lemonade, or her simple recipe for bread making. We would retreat back down the mountain in a state of high excitement, inspired by the ideas we had discovered. And that is, I guess, how we shall always remember Aspen.

Her spirit is around us still. Even now as we drive past “David and Aspens place”, on our way to the higher Sierra Nevada, our thoughts drift back to her. She was a wonderful woman. Warm, homely, friendly, knowledgeable, but above all inspirational!

Written by:
Richard Hartley

Richard is an avid blogger and the founder of Spanish Highs Sierra Nevada. He is author of the Cicerone Guidebook Walking and Trekking in the Sierra Nevada