A gorgeous hot and sunny day for Carnivale!! Makes many people, me included , quite happy. The plan was to head towards Moncarapacho, lunch with Bonnie and Ken then onward to the parade in Moncarapacho. Sadly, Patricia is home sick with a cold bug, Marc is sick with vertigo, Laurie is off with friends for a day trip, and so our numbers diminished. In the end it was Ken, Bonnie, Diane and me. Still loads of fun.
I started off the day with a wonderful hike down the pousada road then back up into the mountains. Hunting season is over now and that meant the mountain was available for hiking without worry of being shot at!!
The wall of jasmine in our garden is cascading all down the wall of the fence and up through the surrounding trees. What a gorgeous intoxicating scent.
This tiny flower packs quite a pungent punch. Beautiful to boot.
I love this patch of graffiti at the underpass of the highway..
No breeze today so the cistus were simply sitting on the hillside. No wild dancing.
Lavender scent is continually on the breeze.
The flowers always remind me of some exotic insect.
And the smaller white cistus is quickly spreading up the hillside. It seems to enjoy the shade a bit more than the larger gum cistus.
Another patch of cistus.
Once home I noticed the reflections in the pool and thought it was an interesting shot.
And THIS, is as close as I will get to the deep end!!!
Diane and I headed off to Bonnie and Ken’s place, enjoyed a lovely walk through the countryside and lunch on the patio at Maria’s, a place we went a couple of times last year. Delicious roasted pork leg……yummy. A grand gab fest and catch up then off to Moncarapacho.
We’ve opted for the more low key local parade this year instead of the usual hype and overly commercialized parade at Loule. We weren’t disappointed, lots of fun and colourful. I’ll simply let the photos do the talking.
This young fellow was having a grand time dancing and was obviously happy to pose for me.
The loquats (nespera) are starting to grow quickly. Compote coming soon!!
People arriving for the parade.
This beautiful display of bougainvillea was such a rich colour.
Posing for a group shot….lots a bit like a police lineup?
I love that many of the observers take time to dress up a little and become part of the festivities.
What a pretty face.
Father and son in costume waiting for the parade to begin.
The local police force in Moncarapacho is getting younger by the day!
Ken, Bonnie and Diane……sunshine, full bellies and a parade, what could be better.
All of these very energetic people on stilts.
Loved the costumes and the dancing..
Sad looking fish!
She was posing for all of us
This fellow was really playing the crowd.
Attractive costumes and women.
These two were having a great time shaking it all about
Nobody on this float looked happy, it was quite funny
This fellow was having a grand time….
I loved this woman’s smile and energy, She flirted with me!
Snow White needed to shave “her” legs….big time!!!
Loved the Lord of The Rings Theme
Mischief comes in all sizes……small is usually the most dangerous.
And speaking of mischief hiding a secret under her skirt but happy to show it!!!!
Another happy face. Top, not bottom!!
We all enjoyed it very much….the music, energy, laughter, throngs of people, happy children and noticeably, for the first time, very few dogs. People are finally realizing that bringing their pets to these kinds of congested events is perhaps not a good idea.
And so another wonderful day and another marvelous festival comes to a close in Portugal.