Last week I ran several tours to the Sierra of Aracena. The main theme of this tour is the Iberian pig and the wonderful acorn-fed Iberian ham that comes from it. After the rain we had over the autumn and winter the coutryside is looking fantastic at the moment. Below is a photograph taken at the farm that we visit. The yellow flowers of the broom shrub can be seen everywhere.

In the second photo you can see the initial stages of the formation of holm oak acorns. These are one of the two kinds of acorns that the Iberian pigs gorge on during the acorn season, the other being the acorns from the cork oak.

The last photo is of a very pregant Iberian sow that will be giving birth in early May.