An absolutely gorgeous day here in Estoi. The sun was shining, very little wind all morning, which allowed Marc to collage on the upstairs terrace all day, something he loves to do.
I had a mid morning appointment in Olhao so, after hanging out the laundry, I headed off for that then one home enjoyed lunch at the Quinta then headed off for a long lovely hike in the mountains. I explored a few old farm roads I’d been wanting to climb, bumped into a hunter and his dog……and it’s not a hunting day which is probably why he looked a little sheepish and simply smiled at me rather than give me a chastising look!
So many new things are bursting with colour and flower in the hills. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
These tall grasses are quickly taking over many of the open fields. They are about three feet tall and are beautiful.
These two seem to have sprouted from the same root yet are very different from each other.
A huge field full of dancing daisies! How could you not smile.
The cistus are covering the slopes of the mountain trails.
This is the heart shaped bud of the white cistus. I finally came on a patch in bloom…..later.
These two guinea hens were not at all happy with my presence. They are quite skittish but also very vocal. Totaly entertainment.
Wild lavender is starting to sprout all over the place
An old crumbling edifice high in the mountain. I wonder what it was?
A medronho tree is starting to bear fruit.
These hives are surrounded by wild lavender bushes. If you look closely you can see the bees at work.
That is Estoi in the distance to give you some idea how far I climbed.
The peak that this house is on is my usual destination. Today I went much further and a totally different peak with a deep valley between.
I love how blue these are.
I cannot believe that the carob is growing. I’ve been watching for it to flower and I am guessing now that they must have a very tiny flower as I didn’t see any and yet the fruit is full on almost every tree.
Another burst of blue.
Not sure what this is. Will have to do a little research.
Beautiful pink and burgandy.
A close up of the last plant
This was quite tiny but the red caught my eye from a distance.
The white cistus with the heart shaped buds.
Periwinkle is taking over the forest floor.
You can see how the periwinkle is loving the shade.
wild morning glory.
I adore grasses of almost any kind but these in particular are beautiful.
Somebody had trained this up the fence.
A piri piri bush. No leaves yet, only fruit.
The olive tree is flowering.
More olive blossoms.
I quite enjoyed the time wandering and climbing. Being alone it’s quieter and consequently I see more more wildlife. I saw rabbits, many salamanders, the guinea hens and four very dead frogs!!!!!!!! Large dead frogs!!!!!!