“Quinta” is the Portuguese word for a country home or farmhouse.
It’s something I’ve long aspired to, though I’m more likely to end up in a beach hut! This place on Armona would be fine, with bougainvilea tumbling over the walls, and a pot or two of welcoming hibiscus on the doorstep.
There’d be a lemon tree and a fig tree. Maybe a lime too, but no oranges. I’ve never liked oranges, though the blossom is very pretty. I have no idea how long it takes to produce a decent vintage of grape, but the notion of a few vines and their dangling temptation is very appealing.
A Portuguese house isn’t a home without an azulejo panel. Maybe even two!
But I’m getting a little carried away now. It easily happens, doesn’t it? You know I’d never want to be too far from my salt marshes.
When I first visited Portugal I read my “Rough Guide” from cover to cover. One of the Algarve recommends was Quinta de Marim – a nature reserve with a tidal mill. It wasn’t far away, just 2kms east of Olhao, but finding it was a different proposition. I seem to have the ability to blatantly disregard directions in a guide book, while still being convinced that I am on the right track!
Eventually we got there, and I loved what I found. Nothing very fancy. A few nature trails. Wild flowers thriving quite happily in the salt air. The gentle lap of the water flowing through the tidal mill, itself just an old quinta. I need to go back, and soon.
This post hasn’t gone quite the way I thought it would, but this is my Personal A-Z Challenge, and I hope you’ve enjoyed it so far. My customary thanks go to Julie Dawn Fox for conceiving the challenge, and to Frizz who daily inspires and entertains me. This week his A-Z has reached QQQ. Follow the links and logos for a little inspiration yourself.