90 seconds each side and 90 second rest. Perfection.
I have often thought that cultivation of our land here dates back centuries, with wonderful terracing and water well which possibly might be pretty ancient. Now I need to find an expert who might date a few shards of pot. There is also a stone I found which isn't like our local stone, and I think could possibly be an ancient axe head - my husband thinks it's a ...stone.
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Somos abençoados com uma família encantadora ao lado da nossa casa. Estou sempre interessada em ver como eles estão a cultivar as coisas, e aprendemos muito ao olhar para as suas vinhas. Este ano cultivaram abóboras enormes que se tornaram cada vez maiores a cada semana. Hoje, elas desapareceram! Queria tanto tirar uma foto de Sónia e Andreia, as suas filhas com os legumes. Aqui estão elas e não tenham um ar tão angelical! Tiveram a amabilidade de me deixar tirar-lhes uma foto e interromper as suas vindimas.
We are blessed with a lovely family next door to our house. I am always interested to see how they are growing things, and we learn lots from looking at their vines. This year they grew huge pumpkins that became ever bigger every week. Today they were gone! I so wanted to take a photo of Sónia and Andreia, their daughters with the vegetables. Here they are and don't they look so angelic! They were so kind to let me take their photo and interrupt their grape harvest.
After months of absolute drought I awoke in the night to hear rain on the tiles - and over the course of the day rain cells have been passing over with sometimes heavy showers. The trees and plants breath a sigh of relief!
Here is a departing storm over Alvaiazere Hill down from our valley towards the coast.
Despite the ferocious heat and total absence of rain some things miraculously just keep going. The grapes are starting to turn and we are wondering if my trip to England in September is going to coincide with the ideal time for the harvest. Another case of careful planning coming unstuck? We will see.
This is a shot of our entrance walkway, the vines making a perfect, enticing dappled shady path to welcome us home.
Just been to our favourite pastelaria in Cernache do Bomjardim, not far from us. All the cakes are made on the premises and super fresh, and the ingredients are lovingly prepared to make delicious treats. It is run by a team of very nice people who patiently listen to us stumbling through our portuguese!
Here is a picture guide to our growing prickly pears. We "gathered" our paddles from Pedrogao Pequeno on 17th Feb 2020. Now in June 2022 we have our first prickly pear fruit, with flower just starting to develop.
This brave woman confronts Russian soldiers, addressing them as enemies and telling them in no uncertain terms to leave, pressing upon them sunflower seeds to flower when they are dead.
In the meantime our arum lilies have just started to flower.
You know what it's like when you hear a teeny clip of music that reminds you of something from way back, well I just had one of those moments and after an evening of searching Youtube I finally found it. Crazy Balkan guys playing frenetic music to make you feel happy. Try this...
This is from a garden in Coimbra.
We inherited 30 or so neglected olive trees, many very ancient ones with huge boles, but they were badly in need of serious pruning, if they aren't pruned they are not viable fruit producers and old wood is a source of disease to the point of tree destruction. So pruning is not only done with secateurs but also with chain saws.