November was a busy month on the land - our annual olive harvest, wood collection for winter, visitors, helpers, finishing building work ... and Barbara turned 40!
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Barbara's 40th Birthday
From the land we drove to the top of our local mountain grange - the Gardunha....up there it was silent and beautiful...climbing on the giant rocks and enjoying the view.
We drove over the other mountains and stayed the night with our dear friends Andy and Vonnie, Josh and Ellie at Vale de Moses.
Chatting until late by the fire, and treated to delicious food and company made the birthday really special.
Neightbours Martin and Tiddy invited all of us from the Mount of Oaks over for food, fun and singing on Hallowee'n.
We met a couple, Linda and Russ who are in the process of moving to the neighbourhood from USA.
And also another couple, Liz and Ian who recently bought a place nearby too - so it was a great night for meeting new folk and catching up with old friends! We sang until late and were grateful for the lyrics provided by Liz's ipod!!!
Comings and Goings.....
Tom had a great time with Xico. The animals are as much hosts as us.
After the boys left we had 2 lovely ladies coming for more or less a week. They were a precious help during the olive harvest.
Sara making some Kartoffelpuffer
Ulli Butterfly on the tree
This year was not the best for Olive production but we had plenty of helping hands and we could also focus more on prunning some of the trees
We had the precious help of our friends Lopes, Nuno & Carlos. They helped us with joy and even brought some food with them!!! At the end of the day the harvest was done!
In the end we had 682 kilos of Olives!
Our friend Amandine join her olives with ours and off we went to the press
By the recommendation of Vitor, one of the students from the last PDC, we took the olives to a local traditional press in Donas, just outside of Fundao. This is a traditional press runned by a lovely family and we are really happy with the result. Even though we have less olive oil this year, it is super tasty...
We had more visits coming at the end of the month. Helene, Hussain and Johann came from Germany for a couple of days. Johann loved playing with the animals!
We also said "Até Já!" to Bárbara and Emma. They are going to be away for 6 months, a well deserved rest after looking after this place for so long.
We hope that they come back rested, with renewed inspiration and energy. That's also what we wish for everyone in this New Year. Thank you so much for all the support in 2014 and stay tuned for what's going to happen in 2015!