Author Peter Kerr swapped his Scottish farm for an orange grove and discovered the history and laid-back attitude of ‘l’illa de la calma’
The magic of Mallorca and the July atmosphere made me buy an orange farm there, on a whim. I was on holiday with my wife and we were driving through the mountains in the south-west, between Andratx and Cap Deia, when we stumbled upon it. The next day we signed the contract for it. We were farmers in East Lothian and had to sell – the 1980s recession had hit hard – but this was an impulsive move. Six months later, we moved here with our sons.