Jo’s Monday walk : a sunset stroll

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I make no apologies for taking you back to Barril beach today- one of my favourites in the Algarve.  As long ago as June 2014 I was promising you a sunset visit to the charismatic Anchor Cemetery.  This November I finally made it!

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That last run up to Christmas can be quite stressful, so I hope you can take just a little time out to enjoy this with me.

We’ll start at the beach bar, sipping a little wine, while we wait for the sun to slide down the sky.  The waitress is starting to tidy away. It’s the end of her shift, but she motions for us to take our time.  The last steam train arrives and departs.  Anyone lingering will have to walk back across the causeway.  It’s not far, but you don’t want to leave it too late.  The shadows stretch and begin to gild the anchors.  It’s time to take our stroll.

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They lie so tranquil and calm.  I’m sad to leave them, but I don’t want to walk back in the dark.  Just one more look!

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The path leads beside the railway tracks, through pines and rustling grasses.  The engine shed lies dormant, a rose blush on the abandoned boiler.

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It fascinates me that, looking west, the sky darkens with contrast, but looking east, pinky lilac hues remain.  I wonder that the camera takes all in, leaving me to make sense of the images, and revel in the drama.

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Beyond the salt marshes, a pontoon spans the lagoon.  Late in the day, water and sky flow together.  I am in my element.

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Moments later I’m back on dry land.  The car awaits, beside the new asphalt path, leading back to Tavira, just 10 minutes drive away.

These images bring the evening back to me so clearly.  I hope that you can find a little stillness and calm in all the Christmas madness.

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Once again, I owe huge thanks to all of you who walk with me and share my walks.  If you would like to join in at any time please just click on the logo to visit my Jo’s Monday walk page.  Pop the kettle on time?

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Let’s start off with Geoff getting philosophical whilst out walking :

The Invisible Tree

Any guesses what this means?  You’ll be in Anabel’s good company, so don’t worry!

Meikle Bin

Amy loves the countryside, and those who help look after it :

Trails at Banff, Canada

‘A concrete quilt of memories’.  Isn’t that a lovely description?  Thanks, Jackie :

Cloud Gardens

Christmas in the heart of Strasbourg- what could be finer in Drake’s company?

Traditions and Serenity 

A woodland trial ending in waterfalls- perfection!  Thanks, Ruth :

Liffey Falls

Jaspa knows the way to my heart too!  More wonderful waterfalls :

Going Loco at Brandywine Falls, British Columbia

Much more fun than tea and toast!  It always is with Yvette :

Walk with Jo (Farmville Bubble Tea)

A familiar looking door handle, but I’ve never been to Montpellier :

A Montpellier Walk 

I don’t know why but this title makes me think of ‘Life with the Archers’.  Thanks Pauline!  I’m singing the theme :

Discovering Armidale

Denzil revisits his past and offers up a caption competition too :

Langdorp : A trip down memory lane

Certainly one of my most exotic shares, I think you’ll love this one from Lee Ann :

Sigiriya- Palace in the Sky

Wonderful, aren’t they?  Many thanks to you all!  Here’s wishing you a happy week.

165 comments

  1. OMG, where are all those anchors? What beautiful photographs, and yes, they had a very calming effect on me, thank you. I shall join you on all your future walks, and catch up on the ones I;ve missed before.

  2. I’m just getting back to WordPress after a long break and you are the first site I go to… Your posts are even more of a pleasure to read than ever. I’m so glad to be back and joining you on your walks, even if it’s from thousands of miles away.

  3. Jo – u can. Bring us back here any time! Gosh -just love the warm feeling of the changing light and sunset romance – but those anchors are the best! Last year I loved this walk and this time you gave us even more views- and not sure if you know but anchors are very dear to me – just live them and we have some family that were in the navy – but also as a symbol of what they do just tugs at my heart – they stabilize ! Hmmm anyhow – the photos are fantastic as usual – xxoo

    1. It’s going to be a hard act to follow, Yvette. I love this post! And I’m glad that you do too 🙂 I’m sitting beside my Christmas tree wondering where to walk tomorrow, and the sky behind me has been going through all it’s colours from deepest blue to pale. Just wisps of cloud. It’s a rare clear day here. I think I might have the urge to get out and about but there are Sunday chores to do. We’ll see! Anyway- sorry for rambling. Thanks a lot 🙂

      1. oh thanks for looping me in on the pondering for your next walk… hmmmm – now I am really wondering – I will be back to check on it and int he meantime, have fun sitting by that tree 🙂

    1. Aren’t associations funny? No, they’re definitely a thing of the past, Pauline 🙂 Thanks for the sunshine! No farmyard smells, I hope? 🙂 It’s clear and bright here this morning. Most unusual! 🙂

  4. You take us on so many memorable walks Jo but this one is outstanding, the shapes and that lovely soft sunset glow it gives a feeling of serenity and peace to what can be a very stressful time. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    1. I should maybe rest on my laurels over Christmas, Pauline. I haven’t a clue what Monday’s walk is going to be! 😦 I think I’m over most of the stressing- for now, anyway! Now, who can I get to cook Christmas dinner for me? 🙂 🙂 You’re always a joy to share with, Pauline. I hope you and Jack have a wonderful Christmas, and many more to come! 🙂

  5. Jo, I watched in awe, the transition from sunshine, wine sipping and gorgeous skies with sun setting and spreading it’s Beauty. The iridescent grasses, the shadows of anchors, the silhouettes of evergreen branches and cacti. . . Lavender pastel dreamy while striking brilliant orange colors stimulated my eyes and mind.

  6. Oh Jo, I needed this stroll today, even though it’s Wednesday and not Monday, but that doesn’t matter does it? It still absolutely beautiful and so calming…and that is exactly what’s needed. But an Anchor Cemetery…so unusual, I’ve never seen one like it. I can just imagine how peaceful it must be walking there in the evening as the sun sets, taking in the atmosphere. Just beautiful…

    1. I’ve just sank down in the armchair with a coffee and took a deep breath, Sherri. 🙂 Oh, to be there right now, but I’ll make do with wonderful memories. Hope you’re coping, hon. Here’s wishing you a fabulous festive season. 🙂

      1. Oh I know that feeling…memories like that keep us going! Thanks so much Jo, I’m getting there, got my last post of 2015 up at long last…why does everything take me so long? I’m trying not to panic…getting there, and I hope for you too 🙂 xx

      2. Let’s hope so Jo…I’ve got a big mug of tea, having just polished off my large glass of white 😉 Hugs back lovely lady…sleep well for later xx

  7. Beautiful scenery Jo! The light that time of day is always mesmerizing..I am commuting into the city right now and I swear the person next to me caught some glimpses herself. Thanks for transporting me – us – during this hectic time!

  8. Oh wow Jo! You really captured the serene beauty and calmness of the beauty around you darling! That beach bar sounds like a good place to start and I would just go and lie down on the beach and listen to the waves. Thanks for this wonderful virtual trip and the amazing shots. 😀 ♥

    1. Hello sweetheart 🙂 I really enjoyed featuring Barril because it was the most magical of evenings. I’m glad you could enjoy it with me. Hugs to you, Sonel. Wishing you a peaceful and happy Christmas.

      1. I can see it was Jo. It sure is a magical place and I am glad I could enjoy it with you. 😀

        Thanks darling and wishing you and yours the same. ♥

  9. I absolutely love that first picture Jo! It takes me back to my student days on the west coast of Wales, and walking along the cliffs where the trees were all bent over due to the continually strong wind. I know the anchors haven’t been bent by the wind, but they look as if they have!

  10. What a place to linger Jo … especially on a gorgeous evening like that .. really really golden calming light . Seeing the anchors marooned or beached in numbers like that is fascinating … make fabulous compositions . I don’t know those colours work either Lol … super special skies x
    Happy Tuesday now !

  11. Those anchors look both eerie and beautiful, and the skies… oh how I love the colors of the skies just before dark. Even in big cities like Jakarta sometimes, on very lucky days, people can see beautiful sunset — a nice and free feat for those weary souls. Beautiful photos, Jo!

    1. So far as I know these are simply relics of a fishing history and nothing more sinister than that, Draco, but it’s quite hard to find any information about them. I don’t even know who started the idea or how long ago, but I am always drawn to them if I’m on that beach. It’s just a wonderfully atmospheric place, especially in the peace of twilight. Thank you 🙂

    1. The name’s a little off-putting, Tina, but I love to see all those long abandoned anchors. It’s such a peaceful place in the early evening. Thanks hon, and to you too. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Ad. 🙂 Pitch black still and raining here in my little corner, so I need my memories. The anchors are ‘roughly’ fenced off, to keep people from clambering all over them, but it’s still very easy to get the shots.

  12. Jo these photos are fab , they appeal to all my senses and transport me to the Algarve. I so wish I’d gone to Barril. You could frame one of these, although its hard to choose. I love your new theme, is it one you have to pay for honey?

    1. Thanks, sweetheart! Next time, huh? 🙂
      It’s my same old theme, Gilly, but without the sidebar. I find if I don’t put a caption on the photo it comes up much bigger. How, or why, that should be I really don’t know but I like it. I used to like my captions too but it’s a small price to pay, I reckon. 🙂

  13. Much as I love that Anchor Cemetery and I am very happy you took us back there during the golden hour, those last three images are the best (for me). Stunning clarity, light, stillness, serenity and colour. I am guessing that it would be tricky to negotiate your way back if you lingered longer on the beach, but it sure would be lovely to see the sun go down behind those anchors. Lovely language in this one Jo, though having read some of the comments I see you have been a little frazzled today. I’m hibernating. Wake me up after Christmas is over 😉

    1. I’m inclined to agree, Jude. I could have lingered and lingered, but a certain person was wanting his supper. 🙂 I managed to find the tick box though, so you don’t have to be discombobulated. The paving slabs back across the ilha are a bit uneven and I’d probably end up swimming (or in the slime if tide’s out 😦 ) in the dark. I would have been game on my own but… well, you know, don’t you?

      Funny old day! I thoroughly enjoyed losing myself in this last night, then was adjusting the prose to a better version. Sadly when I pressed publish I backstepped a stage or two and lost some of the best bits and all of the ending! Cross doesn’t describe it! At that stage I thought ‘stuff it’- I needed to get the post out and get on with the day. 🙂 Fraught in town but peaceful in the blood donors. I’m getting there slowly. It’ll be me outside shouting ‘Merry Christmas’ if you’re not good!

      1. I’m avoiding going out unless it is absolutely necessary, but mainly because of the weather, not the crowds. I’m used to crowds here and there are no shopping centres so people only come for the markets and local shops. I want some foodie gifts for the family, the grand-kids get cash and a token gift so my shopping doesn’t take too long. 😀

  14. Confession…I know nothing about photography, but something seems different in the photos. Not that your photos aren’t always spectacular, but these are unbelievably stunning. I love the anchor shots. Well done, little lady! 🙂

    1. They’re just bigger, Jill! 🙂 I don’t have anything in the sidebar now so it’s not cluttered. I might change back but I quite like this look. Thanks a lot! Sending Christmassy hugs 🙂

  15. Jo it is not too often you take us walking at sunset. Gorgeous photos but I am afraid you would not have been able to take me away from the anchors. So fascinating! Imagine if they could tell the stories of the boats they have traveled with over time.

  16. Oh, I can see why you love that beach, Jo. So beautiful and serene, you had me hooked right from the start, sitting, sipping wine, the view. Thank you for sharing and a real tonic on another grey day!

  17. “Beyond the salt marshes, a pontoon spans the lagoon. Late in the day, water and sky flow together. I am in my element.” Lovely writing, Jo. And a big thank you for the anchor cemetery.

    1. Thanks so much, Tish 🙂 I’ve spent the past half hour getting cross with WP and undoing all that lovely calm 🙂 All’s well again now. Hope your Christmas prep is going well.

  18. The anchor images took my breath away Jo. Especially the third image in the post (second one of the anchors). I could hear the silence in that place, being interrupted only by the gentle sea breeze and blowing sand. So beautiful but so lonely. And the sunset lit skies with the silhouettes and reflections in the other photos…magnificent. You really knocked it out of the park with this post.

  19. A superlative post Jo – have I said that before? That pink and gold anchor shot is sublime, and so are those last reflections in water shots. Stay calm if Christmas directs you otherwise! And have a wonderfully festive season.

    1. You almost got there before me with your much appreciated comment, Meg. 🙂 I was busy being cross because I’d managed to publish one of my earlier edits and had left off the ending! I always fiddle on for ages tweaking and adjusting the prose. Serves me right! Thanks for your kind words, darlin’. And to you, too 🙂

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