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My Last Free Day @ Quinta da Vinha ~ 12 Dec 2010

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I almost can't believe that the time to say goodbye is here. It really snuck up on me and I am ill-prepared!! It has been an AMAZING time here - thank you Steve. I leave with the fondest of memories and the hope that I will visit again soon. You have been an incredible host, even on those days that you weren't your usual, jolly self (but we know why and it's cool!!). Thanks for going out of your way to make each volunteer's experience special - comfort, warmth, good food, great wine and jeropigo, hard work, a sense of belonging and being part of your great project, many laughs, unexpected treats (like a Sunday lunch downtown, coffee in bed and pasteis de nata), hair-raising rides in the bakkie, a true taste of rural life in Portugal. There are not enough superlatives!!

I was determined to spend my last off day with a pique-nique down at Eiro di Miguel, another stunning abandoned village. Its situation is picture perfect. On the edge of a high drop down to the magnificent Rio Zezere. The weather didn't play along though, and after Steve dropped me off on his way into town, I took a slow stroll down....and down....and down...thinking all the time that I need to get back up again, and also wondering if I might encounter a wild boar along the way. This is their territory and one is permitted to hunt the javali, popular for its meat. So I made a lot of noise as I went along, carrying a branch to make me appear big and strong!!! I didn't get to take a pic of one, but here you can see why I made so much noise!! www.bragancanet.pt/patrimonio/faunajavali.htm ~ and one not so bad here www.bragancanet.pt/patrimonio/faunajavali.htm

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Portugal's highest peak in the distance

Spider web of gems2

Spider web of gems2

Spider web of gems

Spider web of gems

Eiro di Miguel

Eiro di Miguel

Drinking fountain in the abandoned village of Eiro di Miguel

Drinking fountain in the abandoned village of Eiro di Miguel

The village was soooo disappointing. Nothing like Felgueira and its great character. This place is just plain sad, with few original buildings and many rather uninspiring, ramshackle homes built in plain square forms. So the picnic didn't happen here. I took a VERY slow walk back up to the top, on another route and found my gem!! A perfect little stone cottage, in the mountains, just for Lee. I can see her living here with a goat or 2, a cow, some chickens and a few cats 'n dogs. Steve said he could also see me here.....reclusive, making my brew in a cauldron - if being a healer and making herbal remedies is akin to a witch, then I guess you could call me one!!
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Further on to a visit at Laurinda's little supply store and a well appreciated jeropigo to warm the heart and body.
Laurindas

Laurindas

Laurinda and Moi

Laurinda and Moi

And this is why I am totally in love with this place - for me, more beautiful than this is hard to find!
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On the road back to the quinta, I found the perfect spot for my pique-nique - crusty bread, home-made hummous, ham, cheese and a small glass of vinho tinto. Simple, but divine! Pretty much describes life here on Quinta da Vinha!
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The Olive Press in Abitureira - 6 Dec 2010

At last the olives have been picked at Quinta da Vinha and we are all excited to take them to the press. The harvest was good, collected 8 bags - this equates to 40 litres of olive oil.
Us delivering olives

Us delivering olives

Olives delivered to the press

Olives delivered to the press

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Olive press1

Olive press2

Olive press2

Olive press4

Olive press4

Olive press5

Olive press5

Olive press6 residue

Olive press6 residue

Olive press7 oil before cleaning

Olive press7 oil before cleaning

Olive press8

Olive press8

Here you can see the process....sorry if you get a stiff neck - I aint George Lucas!!

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Quinta da Vinha deserves a few more pages!!

I have tried as best possible to keep my blog all neat and tidy...the perfectionist in me...but I believe that has been healed!! So here are more random pics of my time there, shared with Steve (our host), volunteers Alex & Tanguy from France, Rosa and Chen from the Netherlands and Richard from USA-South Africa; local friend José and his son Didier; Laurinda - the most gracious proprietor of our local coffee shop; Pete & Sue, neighbours from the UK and many more wonderful local folk that made my time here so special.

Thanks to each of you for the memories!
yet another window

yet another window

Us having dinner with the neighbours

Us having dinner with the neighbours

This is sooo Portugal

This is sooo Portugal

The lush, juicy, sweet, dangerous medronho

The lush, juicy, sweet, dangerous medronho

Rosa the toad - she's huge

Rosa the toad - she's huge

Rosa and Vittoria

Rosa and Vittoria

Rosa Richard and Vittoria

Rosa Richard and Vittoria

Pure contentment

Pure contentment

My room and and my wet clothes

My room and and my wet clothes

Moi making fire every night in my room

Moi making fire every night in my room

Lee drinking in the dawn

Lee drinking in the dawn

It was cold and blustery

It was cold and blustery

Rosa always had to wriggle out the bakkie while Chen sat like a lady

Rosa always had to wriggle out the bakkie while Chen sat like a lady

'Shrooms from the quinta

'Shrooms from the quinta

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Lunch in Estreito ~ 5 Dec 2010

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Steve treats us to lunch in nearby Estreito. It was a cold and rainy trip into the village - Richard ever gallant and decent on the back of the bakkie. Our proprietor at the restaurant seemed to be afraid of cracking her face with a smile, but the meal was delicious - basically all looked the same once served up, just different types of meat!! So it's meat, potatoes, rice and the most delicious, yet simple shredded lettuce salad. And of course, never forget the vinho - a very good tinto da casa.
Chen at dinner

Chen at dinner

Rosa at dinner

Rosa at dinner

Richard before wine

Richard before wine

Richard after wine

Richard after wine

Richard Marx2

Richard Marx2

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Nature's Splendour at Quinta da Vinha ~Dec 2010

These are some of my favourite pics of the natural beauty here. My close friends know how much I love the mountains, mist and rainy weather. In the Serra di Estrela I sure got my fill.
and the clouds roll into the valley

and the clouds roll into the valley

Approaching storm

Approaching storm


Morning mist in our valley

Morning mist in our valley

Misty mornings

Misty mornings

This is sooo Portugal

This is sooo Portugal

View from the terrace

View from the terrace

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