By Inge Perreault e-mail Inge at email@example.com
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A DAY TO CELEBRATE .
||Well, while the
world keeps spinning and becoming more and more bizarre it seems, I am happy to report
that our GREEN CARDS (blue) finally arrived. We are now legitimate permanent
The weather has continued to be mostly beautiful with a little rain thrown in now and then feeding the amazing profusion of flowers (Birds of Paradise on their second blooming cycle) Bottlewashers, Azaleas in full bloom and fragrant Freesias galore Along with Wisteria and poppies of a size and color I have never seen before.
||This is main
planting season (of three) and farmers are busy every day of the week. Yes, even
Domingos (Sundays) planting every square inch of the rich volcanic soil with every conceivable type of vegetable your imagination can
The speed at which they grow leaves me speechless yet again as well as the diligence of the farmers. This is NOT the time to stop for a friendly chat, they are very BUSY!
If not planting then they are fishing with the traditional long bamboo rods which is their passion and as you know, I shall never interfere in THAT area again unless something is caught and worthy of praise. Often they go home with dinner for that night or to put into the freezer as the catch is so very plentiful at this time.
||The other day I
stood on a cliff about 150 feet above the water, the ocean was relatively calm as the
On the way to my special spot I had stopped by my burro friend and fed him some carrots, apples and sugar. While not crazy about the apples, he firmly established his love for carrots and sugar as desert, licking my fingers clean and left a sloppy mess on my hand but heck, what are friends for?
My landlord provided me yet again with
another big treat, a huge bunch of Azorean bananas which are delicious though small
but much more flavorful that the foot-long bananas served-up in
American supermarkets imported from
It is staying light longer out and in the
late afternoon, prior to going home, he showed me the other day that the entire
vineyard which is large going all the way to the edge of the cliffs by the ocean has been staked properly and leaves are appearing rapidly on the
low-growing vines. Unlike in the
Spring is near (not that according to my experience now I would consider what we had a winter) and the summer-homes in this very pretty and exclusive location of Caloura are being spruced-up and opened for the approaching summer season.
Apparently more cruise-ships are stopping
in PD (that is that all the natives call Ponta Deltaga) since we see more huge
busses with tourists heading for
municipal workers are constantly busy keeping the sides of the roads clean and free of
excessive growth, something that makes a lot of sense because of the curvy nature of the roadways.
Temperatures have been ranging in the high 60s up to 75 degrees, most pleasant but at night it usually drops to good sleeping temperatures in the high 50s or low 60s.
One of the more interesting features of the Lenten season are the annual pilgrimages called Romeiros dating back to 1522 when a heavy earthquake took half of the then capitol, Vila Franca do Campo, into the sea where ruins can still be found by divers.
|This also created the interesting islet of Ilheu you can swim inside of in rather warm water, getting there by a small boat at a very low fee and inside this ring of the mountain you will find a small eatery, sanitary facilities and small beaches.|
this is another of those dichotomies and proof of the fact that the
It provides a feeling of accomplishment
for the participants considering the unyielding terrain to be covered in some areas
as well as the feeling of support and freely sharing by the people who provide shelter for
them at night. Hopefully an earthquake of the size
that destroying Vila Franco do Campo killing many people will never happen again as long as the Romeiros continue. Though still one of the
largest towns, the capitol was moved after the earthquake to
Oh why cant the entire world be this peaceful and get along, giving and receiving freely I ask?
Until the next time when I shall
report from the Furnas Azalea Festival where intricate carpets are woven using
Until the next time when I shall report from the Furnas Azalea Festival where intricate carpets are woven using flower petalsin front of every home before a religious procession begins and where we will participate in the creation of theflower arrangements from the picking of blossoms to the finished product in Journal number VI.
Tumbleweed Journal Copyright 2006 Inge Perreault