A scoot up a hill!

After a suitable rest, I couldn’t stop myself from scooting up the hill to look down on Velas.  Solo, of course!  I’d been looking out on Morro Grande and the tiny chapel of Livramento since our arrival, and was determined to tackle the hill.

Lizards scuttled on the chapel wall in the late evening sun as I crossed the stile and began my climb.  My legs felt stronger than expected.  Probably the pure exhilaration of being up there, alone, the views pulling me ever higher.  Turning a corner, the ruined moinho was in sight.  And then, Pico, the light on the water, and the whole glorious expanse of coastline.

I couldn’t stop smiling as I made my way back down, with beautiful, blue dragonflies darting ahead.  🙂  I’m linking this to Cathy’s Photography Invitation.  If you haven’t seen it, do take a look.



  1. When people ask why one climbs a hill one can’t help but answer “Because I can!” Soon enough we may not have the ability. Until then we gather these gorgeous views like treasure.

  2. Slightly odd marks on your photos here Jo, dirty lens? Or was it raining? You are unstoppable aren’t you, with all those hills? Seems like you found Tish’s windmill too! Plenty of blue for Becky, if only you’d squared them up!

    1. Home safe, tucked up abed? We’ve just staggered back from a neighbours and it’s past my bedtime. Camera’s been a bit naughty for a while but I was reluctant to let it go. Replaced with another Canon Ixus so hopefully all good. I did quite like these smudgy views though. It was that kind of day 🙂 🙂

      1. You have to have a decent camera where you live! A good afternoon for tennis today, though it is a shame to be indoors as the weather is fabulous.

  3. I’m glad you went on your own to capture that view, Jo! Beautiful views all around. It must have been very humid or misty there because your photos seem to have a mystical aura to them. Thanks for linking to mine. I’m happy to add yours to my next one on July 11. 🙂

    1. I think it was around then that my camera started to have problems, Brian. It’s soldiered on with me for a lot of years but I’ve finally had to part company. And yes, he was flat out on the bed 😆💕

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