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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

A country walk

TI have been very frustrated since late yesterday.   I came home from a most lovely walk up in the hills near to my quinta.. I went with my dear friend Dita.. and we walked and talked and as we did, I took photos.
The reason that i am frustrated is.  I lost half my post due to uploading with pic monkey.. it played up all day. So This post is not as I wanted it to be.  However, I think I took some nice photos of our few hours walking up in the hills.



                    We came upon these lovely little baby lambs that had been born the day before yesterday and yesterday..they were so cute..jumping and playing around with each other. The little white one was just very happy all on its own soaking up the afternoon sun.
It was a warm day yesterday.  Green all over.   After walking for some time.we decided to turn back as the sun was going down.

The sun going down over the olive trees.
 A view from the hills of our village


Sorry about some repeats here. It was so confusing .. Its this new camera. I have to learn how and where to store my photos.. and put the correct date on the camera.   
This we thought a funny contraption.. one sat on it and the donkey pulled it and it thrashed the wheat 
We stopped at a friends farm on the way home and I took these photos..  The old old house on the top right we cound hidden amongst the hills .. the track we walked.. some beautiful carriages that our friend has. The old brick building is said by the village folk to be haunted.. no one goes up there!  

This was the last photo of the late afternoon around 6 or so.. its a little chapel that only opens maybe once a year. 
I took some great photos of the fields yesterday morning.. maybe i will post them at another time.
I seem to be behind with my posts dear friends. but I have been rather busy over this last week.

Wishing you all a best wishes and cosy nights.
Thank you for all your kind comments that you leave on my posts.

50 comments:

  1. I love your walk - the animals and the sunset going down over the Olive trees. You will get used to your camera. At first I thought that was an electric chair. I never would have guessed it's use! Have a good day. sandie

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    1. I had to smile to myself Sandie, when you wrote that the contraption looks like an electric chair.. as soon as I saw it.. I though something similiar.. what in heaven is this contraption.. It looks like something from the mideavel times.. Its just a collectors piece now..but strange.

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  2. Hello Val

    What a delightful walk. The photos of the lambs are so beautiful, the light and shadow is perfect.
    I am curious about lambs being born at this time, usually it is Spring time - late Feb/Mar in Ireland.
    Getting used to new technology is always challenging

    Helen xx

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    1. I enjoyed my walk so much. I dont like to walk up in the hills alone. We had a good afternoon. the lambs were so cute Helen.
      Lambing is twice a year year.. Easter and christmas time.
      Blogger or me something went wrong yesterday.
      nice to see you Helen.. x

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  3. Always enjoy reading your posts Val. How annoying to lose half of it though. It can take up quite a bit of time I find, to write and put photos on. They seem to take forever. Those little lambs are so cute and I love the picture of your village. Have a good evening.
    Patricia x

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    1. Hello Patricia.. I am pleased that you enjoyed this post. It didnt turn out as i wanted. I worked on it for about 5 hours.. i was a little frustrated. Indeed sometimes takes forever.
      thanks for passing by and leaving your comments..
      x

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  4. Val, Thanks for the walk around your hills, they are so beautiful, I love the view. The chapel is so lovely. Everything was so interesting. Have a nice day today.

    Sylvia@agrandmasblessings

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  5. hello Val:
    We always seem to be having trouble with our photographs, and we never attempt anything as adventurous as you, so we can heartily sympathise. However, the final photograph is an absolute gem. It really does draw one in and it has a wonderfully warm glow about it. One can easily imagine the worshippers who have entered here over the decades. Lovely!

    This all looks to have been a glorious walk with such beauty in the countryside. The lambs are adorable and, as the sun sets, the whole scene takes on a wonderful golden glow!

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    1. I do believe that its me. or maybe 50 50.. I thought i had all my pics prepared..then somehow..when i was uploading, some dissapeared. very annoying.
      The chapel is old I have only been in once..its actually very eerie.
      thank you Jane and Lance

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  6. Hi Val,

    Lovely lovely post.

    I really enjoyed your walk and your photos and especially the sunset one.

    The lambs are lovely too.

    I am glad that you enjoyed time with Dita

    Wishing you a lovely week

    x Fiona

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    1. I enjoyed my walk up in the hills. No one around
      just the lambs and us
      thank you Fiona

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  7. Val, the pictures are great! The lambs are so precious and cuddly looking! How lucky you are to live in part of what looks like heaven!...:)JP

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    1. Thank you JP.
      I do live in a beautiful part of the world.. Its calm
      the lambs at the moment are so so cute

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  8. Dear Val - sorry to hear that you have been experiencing some problems with picmonkey. I do hope that you did not lose them altogether. Do you keep your pictures in iPhotos?
    The picture of your village from the hills is wonderful, it almost has a 3D quality to it.

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    1. Dear Rosemary,
      Thank you for your concern.. i was rather frustrated. I think its also me.. 50 50... when i upload the images from my new camera.. the format is different than my old one.. i have to learn where to keep them. so i am making new files.
      The village from atop the hills looks so lovely

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  9. glad you enjoyed the walk and the lambs, but sad you were frustrated with the post and photo load! the chapel is beautiful!

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    1. I was upset with my post. I decided to post it anyway.. but i had worked so hard on it.
      The chapel is very very old , eerie inside thank you Tex

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  10. Hello Val ,
    It seems that you had a lovely walk to the countryside !The view from the hill to your village it is like a jewellery !! I want to ask you something ..In your collage at the main photo is an old machine ? or something like this ... What they used this ?
    Have a nice day
    Olympia

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    1. Hello dear Olympia.
      the strange "machine" is a wheat thrasher.. the farmer would sit on it and the donkey would walk around over the wheat to thrash it ..thats all i know about it.. I think it might have been made by the farmer many many years ago.. i have never seen one before.
      xx

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  11. Your photos are as gorgeous as ever, Val. LOVE the little lambs. What a beautiful walk. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Hugs,
    Marcia

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  12. Hello Lovely Val,
    All that you have captured is beautiful and what can I say of those baby lambs other than I would have wanted to bring home!!
    Thanks for sharing.
    I am wishing you a lovely rest of week. Brrrr gone rather chilly here!
    Love Maria x

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    1. How i was tempted to bring one home yesterday Maria.. a little black one.. but then i thought it would be lonley and would need two.. but they were so cute
      Its been beautiful days here..but its colder today.
      thanks for passing and leaving your kind comments Maria.
      val

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  13. The little lambs are so very cute, and I always love a sweet church picture. Having trouble posting photos down here today too. Maybe it is caused by the total eclipse which occured in North Queensland today? Only wondering ..

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    1. Thank you Patricia.
      It well could be something to do with the eclipse and the atmosphere.
      thank you for your comments.
      val

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  14. Every time I reply to your lovely comments on News From Italy, I get a failure notice to say message cannot be delivered. Did you know about this problem Val?

    I enjoyed taking a walk with you, such an interesting old thrasher, a beautiful evening photo of the chapel and black lambs rarely seen.

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  15. Dear Lindy.
    I have not had anyone who has had problems leaving their comments... I am wondering if its from your side. This one has come through.
    Maybe if you could tell me how you send your comments..!! i might be able to help.
    Thank you for your kind comments left today.
    Val

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  16. Hi Val. How are you doing? I have missed you. I hope all is well. Your pictures are very nice. I love the little lamb soaking up the sun. He looks so comfortable and warm.

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    1. Hi lisa.
      Nice to see you. The little lambs are so so sweet.

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  17. Dear Val, Love the very last photograph. So inviting and warm.
    Did you lose some of your photographs, or did you also lose part of your written material? Why not send an e-mail to PicMonkey. Tell them about your experience, they might have an answer. I have uploaded hundreds of photographs to PicMonkey and not lost even one.

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    1. Hello Gina,
      No i didn't loose my photos.. pick monkey didnt save my collages i made and they appeared blank.. it could possibly be me.. i havent had any problems before..but yesterday i did..
      All my photos are stored.. but i need to divide the photos now into different catagories.
      my photo storage has thousands of photos..
      Thanks Gina.. I will give it another try.

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  18. Dear Val,
    I used to store my photos on Picasa but the computer has gone mad and I seem to have lost half my photos and now I can't even get to see them! The computer will need to go in to be checked as the guy in the computer shop said he thought he could repair it - I hope so. In the meantime though hte OH needs the computer so I'll have to wait until next week. How sweet those lambs are.
    June

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    1. Hi June,
      I did not loose my photos.. i lost the pick monkey collage that i made it didnt save it when i asked.. i tried a couple of times..thats why i have two collages the same..dont know what happened.. i suspect it was 50 50..

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  19. What a beautiful place you have for walking! Darling little newborn lambs.

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    1. Thank you Jacqueline... a lovely day in the hills.

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  20. Hallo Val!I realy enjoyed your beautiful walk!And the view from the hil,is fantastic!The little lambs are so cute!All your photos looks amazing!The one with ittle chape,i love it!!I am wishing you a lovely rest of week!!
    Dimi..

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    1. Thank you Dimi . i did enjoy the day in the beautiful sunshine..
      the lambs at the moment are so cute. Its lambing time.

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  21. I think the picture of your village is really, really beautiful! Thank you for sharing your lovely walk with us, Valerie! I love the lambs, the old carriages and the atmosphere of the place. It all looks really lovely!

    The last photo has a lovely atmosphere of calm and peace... the town is going to sleep...

    Thank you for sharing this lovely little snippet of your life.

    Enjoy the rest of the evening...

    ANNA

    xxxx

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  22. So sorry you lost your collage on Pic monkey it can be so frustrating after you have spent so much time on them. Your pictures do however still look so good and I enjoyed the walk through the Portuguese countryside. We have lambs in the fields too at the moment. Your picture of the sun going down over by olive trees was beautiful.
    Sarah x

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  23. Oh..Anna, can you imagine.. I was just about to send you a message.
    So nice to see you. I am not sure if you are in Italy or Uk..wherever..send you big hugs.
    Where I live, cannot be much different than the countryside in Italy..maybe some different trees and of course the culture.
    Our village is very sleepy. Sometimes you would think no one lives here.
    wishing you a happy evening too Anna.
    val xxx

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  24. Sorry you had picture problems, but you post was full of great photos!

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    1. Thank you Carol.
      I think possibly it was 50 50..

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  25. I have been frustrated with my new lap top so I'm back on the desk top tonight...it's always something isn't it? Your photos are wonderful and the baby lambs are just the cutest! Makes you want to take one home for a pet!

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    1. I would like to get myself another lap top.. to take around with me.. but i dont like using them as much as the desk top. Habit I suppose
      thanks Lavender Dreamer.

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  26. I do enjoy to walk "with you"! Lovely that last photo.

    Today I'm quit sad bout what was going on yesterday in Lisbon: I am so against violence!!!

    LOve
    BShell

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    1. ola Blue Shell
      concord contigo... violencia nao e o soluçao.. but so so many people are suffering and the situation is getting worse. Something drastic has to be done.
      Nos estamos a pagar juros phenomenos para Alamanha.. e brusselas.
      isso nao e justiça..
      nao ficas triste.. we are just a small fish in this big ocean.
      beijos..

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  27. Your pictures are beautiful and the walk looks like it was a good one. Thanks for the comment you left on my last post. I am taking your advice and telling my Family Doctor.

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  28. The little baby lambs are so sweet, Val. I would have loved to seen them. And the Chapel is beautiful. The sun is shining so bright on the picture of the olive trees, how special. It looks like you went on a peaceful country walk, Val. So sorry you lost some of your pictures - it can be very frustrating.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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  29. My laptop is broken but, luckily, whenever I download pictures I also burn them to a DVD disk. I like your little lambs – they really look sweet. Your village resembles some villages in Greece – every house with the same roofs – it really looks charming. In France it is the same, some areas have red roofs, some like in Brittany have grey roofs in the villages. Here in the US there is very little city planning, so people can have any roof they like, or any architecture for that matter – a huge McMansion near a tiny bungalow near a Cape Cod near a Plantation type (I see them all on my road.) In Croatia we saw houses that had been in a village for hundreds of years – here they tear them down and build new ones – different cultures. I wrote a post about that a while back – when I saw that a historical house (the setting for a Scott Fitzgerald story) was being demolished to make place for new houses for rich people (here is the post: http://avagabonde.blogspot.com/2012/02/why-long-island-new-york.html )

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