Last week’s walk may have been a little long-winded, and I was chided over the lack of cake, so this one needs to be both short and sweet. The blossom is appearing everywhere and it’s a crime to be indoors. Come with me to Vaqueiros, in my Eastern Algarve.
Vaqueiros is another hill village situated on the 300km Via Algarviana, and a good starting point for two circular walks. I took you along on one of them a couple of years ago, so let’s go and see the other.
An information board indicates the way out of the village, on a gentle ascent. A tinkling of bells alerts me to the presence of goats, an elderly goatherd leaning, unconcerned, on a wall in the shade. And then, in a valley, a wonderful surprise. Clear, sparkling water, flowing freely. It’s been a long dry spell and recent, welcome rains have done their work.
The patterns in the rock crisscross like a giant game board, and I linger, thinking what a great place for a picnic and a paddle.
Our walk leader tells us we have a steady uphill climb for half an hour, and to keep our voices down when we pass the beehives. It’s probably too early in the year, but the last thing you need is a swarm of angry bees. Fortunately, nothing stirs as we tiptoe past.
Next we find ourselves the object of much curiosity. Sheep certainly seem to abide by the maxim ‘safety in numbers’. I couldn’t spot the shepherd but I’m sure there’s a stray goat or two in the pack.
The trail wends its way around and beneath a canopy of trees, mostly pine. We pass by a nicely shaded picnic table, knowing we are not too far from our café stop at journey’s end. And you know what that means!
In the small reservoir a bird flaps down to perch on the stump of a tree, and I try to zoom for a clearer photo. Not my forté.
Now I’m not really sure that you’ve earned cake, though we’ve certainly burned a few calories. Sorry! Somebody just couldn’t wait 😦
But at least one of them makes a delightful square for January Light. Just 5 days of Becky’s challenge to go!
So nice to have water in the rivers again, though I may not be saying that tomorrow when I have to cross one! Thank you all for your company, and please find a little time to visit each other. Join me any time, here on Jo’s Monday walk.
Just a warm-up from Natalie, but so pretty you might want to linger :
Amanda has found a happy new home by the sea to put a big smile on her face :
Contrary to popular belief, I don’t mind the odd invigorating walk, and I’m happy to join Jonno and Jo :
Speaking of windy, what better than the one and only Chicago? Thanks, Janet!
Slade, and a pink house that I remember, in Montmartre with Drake :
I’m not great at whistling, but I’d give this a go, Alice :
Denzil takes us gently wandering again in Belgium :
And how beautiful are these, from Irene?
Margaret takes me very close to ‘home’ with this one :
In fact, this was my very first Monday walk, and I can’t resist re-sharing 🙂 Almost 6 years ago!
I’m sure you’ll have heard of this place (the English version follows the Italian). Please stop by and say hello!
Cathy does a fabulous job here! Don’t miss her truly gorgeous photography :
It’s going to be a great year here for blossom. I hope you can enjoy it with me. Take care till next time!