Vila Nova is a quiet village. A little more movement and activities during the summer.
Today was like a spring day. The sun was out and when not in the shade it was a little warmer.
We have not passed the cold spell, but hopefully soon.
I decided to stop and take a few photos .. Photos below are the village washing tanks, they are a little walk out of town. Open in the summer for the ladies of the village.
When I first saw them many many years ago. The ladies washing and singing around the tanks.. the children playing with the water and laughing with joy on a hot summers day, what joy to see them. These ladies are not involved in the every day politics of the outside world. They are in their own world . Some went to school together, and their mothers were friends. A close knit community.
I somehow felt a little guilty all those years ago. I must admit I was 'ignorant' for want of a better word, as to how the village ladies lived. I went home and thought. Gosh, those poor women, working all day at home or in the fields looking after the children , having to wash by hand.
Of course, how wrong I was and I found out quick enough, that is not the case at all.
The women of the village, not all of course, go to the tanks to chat and exchange gossip and bring themselves up to date with the daily happenings of the village. They have fun. (most have washing machines at home) ): Its a passtime a way of life.
Here in Vila Nova.. The church bell tolls , when someone dies. Word of who that person might be, soon spreads around.. and the tanks is where lots of stories are told, and the news gets around..also in the little taverns.
Whenever I pass the tanks during the warm balmy months of summer.. the ladies are there until dusk, with their short sleeves on waiting ,putting their washing in their baskets. Waiting for the cooler evening breeze to arrive and give us all some respite, as they carry the baskets home on their heads.
You will often see the horses drinking from this tank. My son Filipe and friends, always stop off to give the horses a little water here. He has friends on the other side of the village.
All over the village are seating places for the elderly or who ever wants to sit out and get a little sun. You can see one of the water fonts here