A perfect day for a hike in the amazing Caldeirão Mountain near Barranco do Velho. The landscape is dominated by cork, holm-oak and strawberry trees ( Medronho). Today the mountainside was basically purple with lavender and occasional splashes of the many other wildflowers and shrubs in bloom.
Marc and Chloe decided to stay at home and enjoy lunch in the square and a visit from Marc’s friend Andréa-Anne, who is visiting the area from Quebec, while Henry, Pat and myself headed off to meet up with Pat and Gary. For those of you following along, this is the same hike that my friend Harald introduced us to a few weeks ago.
Pat M opted to bring along a book and enjoy a stroll along the path and near an old church where she settled in to relax in the sun and read her book. (At least that’s her story)!!
Pat M, Henry, Pat K and Gary……all geared up for a delightful hike in the mountains and ravine.
Myself, Henry, Patricia and Gary.
The thistles are in bloom all along the mountain trail and in almost all the fields along the sides of the road.
Yellow and purple seemed to be the theme of the day.
I can’t find this in my wildflower book, which is odd given the hills are alive with it! Truly beautiful up close
Happy Hikers enjoying the sunshine and a gab.
Mother Nature’s palette.
Lavandula viridus Green Lavender
I went to explore something and looked up to see this!!
Lovely unidentified tree.
Gum cistus and a bee in flight!
A close up of Lavandula viridus Green Lavender
Enjoying a little rest at the half way mark
Henry and the Cork Trees…..a great kids book title?
I liked how tranquil this looked.
For Bonnie and Ken……you’ve left too soon, I found this for you today!!!
Look at this tiny little fig tree and it’s fruit?? Pat kindly posed for me to give you an idea of how small this tree is.
Beautiful tree in full transition with all the hanging flowers
A large cluster of calla lilies along the path.
I quite like this chimney.
This tiny little thing, which Pat told me the name of and I forget, was all along our path.
More lovely colour
Again, Pat told me the name of this and I forget….I need to start carrying a paper and pen.
I liked this fence post.
As you can see, the mountainside and foot path was alive with colour and flora. We finished the trek, which was just over 6 kms in an hour and a half, which really wasn’t bad at all. I think we moved a bit faster this time than the last time we hiked here. Less people.
Once we returned to the car we collected Pat and headed off for Tia Bia for a much anticipated lunch. None of us had forgotten how wonderful it was last time and it certainly did not disappoint today.
Migas is also a traditional dish. It is usually made with leftover bread.Garlic and olive oil are always an ingredient and Henry’s dish also contained cod fish…….he ended up bringing half of it home.
Pat M devoured her lamb shank
Pat K had a large pot of lamb stew….which she shared.
Gary and I both ate migas with partridge, pheasant, deer and wild boar. I don’t think I will need to eat for another week!!
What a marvelous feast it was and consequently, what a laid back afternoon. Good time had by all and to close off……the new female version of Fred Flintstone….or as I am calling her….Freda Flintstone.