Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Tranquility .

Up with the lark this morning.  Caught the sun rising behind the hills over the other side of my quinta.  Its such a peaceful tranquil feeling to watch, with no noise but a few twitters from the birds.

Another beautiful Autumn morning- 

Living a horses life.. filling their tummies -Rosie seems to have grown since she has been here.!

My pepper trees full of bright red corns.
                                         Green in just one month.

                                              Good morning coo's the dove.. October is here


I dont know about you dear blogging friends.   This year, seems to have flown for me.
Spring, Summer and Autumn days are now with us.   Here in the Alentejo, we are having lovely sunny Autumn days. Slowly the grass fields are getting greener.
The days shorter, but our mornings are always so peaceful.

Wishing you all a happy 1st of October..

Val

Sunday, 28 September 2014

A dogs life , around the quinta.!!

                 My new gate arrived last week.   Its to keep my dogs in and the horses out. My driveway is long up to the cottages. You can see the bottom entrance gate.   On either side of the driveway, there is electric fencing.  The horses are safe and cannot get into my inner garden.   The gates are now just waiting for a Bondex coating.
                    This is "Bonita" (pretty") in English..  She has been with me for 7 years now.  I found her one day, lying in the middle of a road about an hour away from me.    My sister was on a visit from UK .At first, driving closer and slowing down.. we thought she was dead.   I picked her up . My sister wrapped her in my car blanket.. and I arrived just in time  12.50am before my vet Dr. Anna closed her clinic.   Bonita had been severely badly treated.  Her tail cut off.  Dr Anna, said she had been eating stones to survive.  She had shrapnel in her left eye.  She really was in an awful state.  She spent 5 days in the clinic.  2 years in her bed next to my bed, before she would venture too far.
We call her the wonder dog.  She is amazing, very loving and is now pretty much in charge sometimes.
She is a pedigree "Podengo"- a hunting dog.  We suspect that the hunter  treated her very very cruelly.
Some time ago. She had a sting on her left ear.. it went septic. Now it just hangs.  Dr. Anna says no problem.. she is happy healthy and well loved.
                  Jeffrey-cassidy... pondering- should I jump in or not.  He was born here at the farm and is very intelligent and Bonita's great protector.
                                       Hardy - Jeffrey's baby- No mummy..dont like my photo taken.  Also born on the farm.
                    Isaa.   Now with her family.  My eldest son's dog.  Their busy life, doesn't allow for dogs. So I have had her with me.   She is Hardy's mummy.     Loves her photo taken.. and is telling me.. mummy,I need to have a clipping and wash.  
                                 I introduced you to Vouga earlier at the beginning of the year.  Manuel's guard dog.  He is now very well intergrated and loves his new home.. and we all love him.   He is the main reason also for the gates.  He was used to being on a long chain.. so if I let him out of the garden area.. he might just go for the sheep.. don't want that..  He is like a big brown bear.
                                        A visit this morning from Filipe.   We were checking the horses.
            He has little Buddy on the left of the photo and Django on the right.. Buddy was born here at the quinta.. and Django was a tangled mess, left in a dark alley to die.  They go everywhere with Filipe.. and love to sail too.

Wishing you all a wonderful Sunday.. the last Sunday of September.

Do you have any animals.!!!     I love animals.    They are our best friends.

Val

Thursday, 25 September 2014

new pastures/fences/ names

It's been a busy week ,here at Quintinha das Rosas.    Pedro has been working on new electric fencing for the arrival of the  rest of our equine clan!             If you follow my blog, you will remember that We have  5 horses now- Pascoa, and her naughty daughter Surprise.  They have been with me for a few years now full time.
 Sheilah ,who had little Rosie 2 years ago here at my quinta.. They both  went up to the big farm.    They came to me a few days ago.  Filipe doesn't have enough time to attend to them. 
    Along with them came a new little arrival that was born within the last year.. I still haven't gotten her birthdate.---    Now!!!   What should I call this beauty.!!!!  She is feisty , has long legs and is a stunner. Very intelligent and alert.    I thought i might call her "Athena" .. I like that name.  Athena , daughter of  Zeus.   Also known for her Intellect and intelligence.
Sheilah is her mother.   Sweet Sheilah.  After all , she was pregnant.                                      


Pascoa and Surprise- not so happy at the moment- they shoo away their new family members when time for drinking.   They will soon sort themselves out. Horses are highly intelligent.


                                                New fencing all around the right pastures..  This will allow the left pasture to the west, time for new growth.



Here is where the 5 are now.  lots to eat.  
                                          Sweet  little Rosie.. now 2 years old.   She has her mothers markings.. she seems to have a good temprement.   I will be walking around with them soon.  Once they are all more settled.
                                     Shiliah  - letting  little Athena drink.. Athena seems to love the water..she was splashing it all about and showing mummy how clever she is.
                                               Sorting out drinking time
                        Rosie moved around to the other side of the trough.. While Shilah watched.
It was very sad to see Shilah.. she is now getting old and looks thin.. her teeth can't chew as well.  She is a loving horse an easy rider.  Now its time for her to relax and live out her days in peace.

Soon Rosie will start to be broken in.   Always one of the grandchildren or other want to ride.

Hope you enjoyed seeing our horses again.     Its wonderful to have them all together.

                                                                    Val          

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Museums,history,churches

Entrance doors.
The Convent and Church of Nossa Senhora do Carmo.

Walking into the Archaelogical  ruins .This amazing sight just takes ones breath away.  The first stone was laid in July 1389 - Its written.  The day of our Lady of Carmo.

  For me to write about this most incredible well preserved Archaeological museum would take pages and pages.     Many of you, who have visited Lisbon will probably have visited the Carmo ruins.
        The Archaeologists have made such a wonderful display of  Christian Sculpture of he high middle ages-- plus pieces from earlier and later periods.   All the pieces are not just from the Lisbon area or the convent.. but have been brought from other parts of Portugal.    Pieces from the iron age, bronze age- Gothic sculptures.   Just to name a few.
                                          Kings, princes , Bishops and Archbishops, Knights, Queens. are buried here.


  Many Islamic pieces from the time of their 700 year occupation of Iberia.

Coins have been found from Sancho ll and Afonso lll. 1223 to 1248.
My friend from England Eva and me, spent over 4 hours walking around this most captivating ruin.
some of the images are from my book.  Others are mine.  
If you are interested in Archaeology.. you will enjoy reading up about the Convento do Carmo.

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Igreja de Sao Domingos / Church of st. Domingos- The entrance. 

Sao Domingos church is classified as a National monument.   Prior to the modern Portuguese Republic in 1910- Many royal weddings were held here.
It was formaly the home of the Inquisiton , Jesuit missionary GABRIEL MALAGRIDA.. He was executed at the church in 1761.  After being accused of treason.
The church was damaged by the earthquake of 1531, and almost destroyed by the devestating earthquake of 1755. The rebuilding wasn't completed until 1807.
In 1959 the church was devestated once more when a fire broke out in the building.   It killed 2 firemen and took more than 6 hours to extinguish.. it completely gutted the church.
Destroying valuable paintings and statues.. in 1994 the church re opened.

We were both most fascinated with this magnificent building.
On entering, A very strange feeling came over me.  It was just so overwhelming to see the work that had been done after such a devestating fire.    Its hard to describe it.  
Its been left as it was.. but cleaned up.. and brought back to life.
This has been done on purpose ..... The history of the church being so intriguing .
Sao Domingos church is " Baroque" architecture at its best.


My friend Eva from Cambridge.. works at the University of Cambridge.. We met on a watercolor workshop 4 years ago, in Greece (Corfu Island)..and have communicated ever since.  

Igreja  de Sao Domingos.. (Inside) people were arriving for 4pm mass.  Saturdays.

another view of the inside.. but I couldn't get any closer, my zoom  is not good enough.. looks like a new camera for next year.     ( typical terracota colored ceilings)  A church with such history.  If only walls could talk.!!
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We sat here by the side of the river Tejo.  A lovely new esplanade has been built.   One can sit and watch the yachts and ferries go by.   So much has been done for the better in downtown Lisbon.  

We visited Rossio and took photos of the beautiful traditional paving that we have in the Lisbon streets.
4 wonderful days spent visiting places that I had passed by so many times, and never been in.
It was a wonderful 4 days.  Our B & B  to be recommended..  Zuzarte Apartments and B & B..

We then returned to the Alentejo. Visiting the Temple of Diana , and local museums. Evora is a UNESCO town and a most beautiful one too.   I live 25 min away.

This summer, has been a very busy summer for me.   I have been absent from blogging , and have missed you all.
I look forward to visiting you and catching up with all your lovely blogs.
Autumn is now with us.  September nearly at an end.   I am sure you have all had wonderful holidays ..
I am happy I chose to holiday here in Portugal this year.  Doing things that I wouldn't do normally. It was great to do it with a friend.

Wishing you all a great week.

Val