Thursday, June 24, 2010

Terrace Delights (and a Recipe for you!)

The driveway/parking lot of Quinta da Geia where we had a delightful lunch on the terrace a few days ago -- and will return for one more meal before we leave on Sunday.

Orange seems to be a theme here -- a colour I seldom wear but couldn't resist in this gauzy long dress. I match my food -- isn't that always a goal! ;-)


The hotel Dalmatian, too regal to attend to the calls of several guests who tried to entice him to visit their tables -- he finally stretched out for a nap in the gorgeous sunshine.

See what I mean about orange? And there were oranges on trees, which I failed to snap, sadly.

I'm so glad I packed this dress (you might remember I hesitated over giving it space in that crowded carry-on) -- Pater has captured, accidentally, the way it moves pleasingly with the summer breezes.


A simple recipe I'm going to copy when we're home although the ingredients will be a bit more costly far from their home. We often do a plate of proscuitto and melon or figs for a starter, but I love this variation -- the cantelope half, hollowed out and filled with a very generous amount of port!





Perfection!


As was the view from our table . . .
Pater looks very happy, no?


And he's just come out to tell me that the cafe au lait and toast ís ready -- we eat it at the table out by the pool. Tough times . . .

Ruined beauties . . .

A few more photos from our daily walk to the village. Above and below, the ruins of a house built in the 18th century.
And here's a reminder that I shouldn't romanticize too much. I do like my washing machine!

Admittedly, I haven't seen anyone actually scrubbing at this washtub, but look at the drying line strung above, and you might agree that it all looks part of a still-used laundry operation . . . More ruins. . . I could happily photograph the beautiful stone here all day long, watching how it changes with the light . . .

Tonight on our stroll, we heard fado music being played at the square in the village, and the smell of the sardines being grilled mixed with the smell of the mint that the sheep were crushing as they fed, their bells challenging the fado harmonies. . . . Now the skies are darkening around me as I sit outside at my netbook -- the walls are far too thick in our stone building for the wireless to work, so I have to keep the cicadas company. . . Time to go in, I think . . . pictures soon of today's visit to a mountaintop terrace where we lunched . . .

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