Ahh. I have it! Here I share with you all
On this lovely Autumn morn.
To the shadows and reflections of the sun along my paths.
|To purple creeper growing through the olive tree|
To Adding this clip of traditional Alentejano men's choir
|To a traditional Alentejo horseman.|
When starting my blog over a year ago. I didn't know what to call it. After some thought I named my blog- Val's Alentejo! After all , I have lived here 30 years. I thought that very appropriate.
I fell in love with Alentejo in the summer of 1974.
The history of Alentejo is fascinating . Maybe some day you might like to read about it.
The Region is seperated from the rest of Portugal by the Tagus river ( Rio Tejo).. where its name derives from Alem do Tejo- (beyond the tejo). The Tejo estuary, is one of the largest estuaries in Europe.
The Alentejo region extends to the south , where it borders with the Algarve.
Alentejo, is a region known for its polyphonic singing groups ..comparable to those found on the islands of Sardinia and Corsica.
Singing in the clip (above) are the men's choir of my region. Cuba, Alvito and down to Beja..
When the men sitting in the cafe's of a hot summer evening drinking their coffee or brandy after dinner . One might often be lucky to hear one of the men start to sing. After some moments others will join in soon, one can hear their deep voices singing throughout the village . An evening well spent indeed.
Young men will also get together and sing at festivals,while the young girls blush at the wink that they might be given.
The men sing of times while when working in the fields , their beloved was at home ..They sing of the golden wheat fields and the vast open spaces and of their long lost loves. Of the birds and trees. To see these men singing and especially at festivity time is very uplifting.
Closing one's eyes, you can hear some of the moorish influence in their music.
Sadly.. we cannot say that of today's modern woman! And many a field falls barren and bare , as the youth move away.
Times were are different!. Here at least we still live somewhat in the past. That's what i like about life here. The old traditions in many places are still the same.
I live in the Baixo Alentejo- the lower Alentejo. My region's main municipality is the city of Beja.
Alentejo is considered to have a mediterranean climate, there are parts of southern alentejo that are very Arid climate and the temperatures are really really hot. The region is typically dry for a large part of the year.. temperatures reaching 40 degrees celsius and above.. We have mild winters. Alentejo is the hottest place in Europe.
I do not own an umbrella.. I do use wellies, as it can become very wet during the late Autumn and spring rains. We could be sitting out on christmas day..maybe a cardigan or so, if we are lucky.
Alentejo is a special province.. you either like it or you dont. It's the largest province in Portugal.
The countryside varies considerably from the open rolling plains of the south to the granite hills that border Spain in the north east.
I wish all my dear blogging friends a very happy Monday.
Its a glorious warm Autumn day here with 25º and rising.
I hope that your day will be a happy one..
That you look around you and savour this lovely Autumn day.
And thank you for passing by .