Given we had a lengthy day trip yesterday, and another tomorrow, depending on weather. Today was a day close to home for all of us. I was feeling especially energetic so off I headed for what turned out to be a two hour up into the mountains, taking a route I’d not ventured up before.
I was in heaven……….almost literally as I seemed to go higher and higher and each bend in the road looped into another bend that kept going up up up. I kept telling myself, one more bend and I’ll head back but each time something caught my eye and pulled me further. Finally, at the very top, the views were fantastic…..I don’t think the photos do them justice but I’ll include them anyway as some folks keep asking me about the landscape.
This particular tree has all the new growth coming in in a reddish colour. Looks like a painting to me.
Wild lavender and those beautiful Bermuda Buttercups side by side.
A wall decoration near the patio of a beautiful tiny cottage, tucked into the side of the mountain and not currently occupied. A rental maybe????
The view of Sao Bras de Alportal from the very top of the mountain. It’s about 8 kms away from us.
I found this little place, safely ensconced in a valley, very appealing.
This tiny almond tree, about a foot tall, is growing from an old root hanging out through the embankment. The original tree long since cut down and gone!
A few of the abandoned orchards were peppered with this tiny purple flower, taking over as the earth is no longer tilled
An abandoned farm building.
This is the flower of a broad bean but the field is no longer planted. Some of them have gone rogue and survived!
ting something that I couldn’t quite understand. I think it’s paying homage to an original family of the land.
The view off in the distance.
You can see Olhao, Faro etc. and of course the mighty Atlantic off in the distance.
Another shot of the distance.
Iris’s growing wild along the road side……all up and down this particular route I discovered them.
Part of the route as I am heading down.
This datura plant was about 12 feet wide and at least 25 feet tall. Covered in blooms, some about to open, some about to die and some looking fabulous.
Another of the datura
Two lovely cottages tucked into the side of the mountain. Spectacular views for them.
Another part of the path.
I love this, I think it’s a well cover, highly decorated and taken care of.
I didn’t see another person coming up or down this route although I did stumble on a young and woman coming out of a side path at the very top of the mountain. They looked a little disheveled and I think I startled them…….hmmmmmmm!!!!
Once home, realizing I was ravenous, we headed off to Ana’s for a marvelous Carne de porco a portuguesa. Ana posts her daily specials on Facebook so we know what they are and if we are able to go, we send her a note to let her know how many of us there are so she saves us a portion. I love it. (obrigado Ana)
Our fabulous porc plate, each of us had one.
Marc is trying to devour all the panna cotta before Patty Anne arrives!!!
After lunch, Françoise took a walk, Marc and I headed home as there was laundry to take in and I was a bit walked out. We cut through the pousada as it’s a wonderful short cut for us.
I love the street scenes
I asked him to pose on the wall for me. He is so obliging.
Gathering a little kindling for our fire.
Of course there has to be a flower or two in our day.
Walking up our driveway
If you look carefully you can see the new almonds growing…..the soft green colour is beautiful and the texture, just like velvet.