A house for Jude

Often enough we go wandering in the hills. Sometimes we follow a trail. Sometimes one of us has trod that way before. One of us is looking for a home with a beautiful view. It might be modern, or a more traditional Portuguese style. But we all stop, look and offer an opinion. It matters not, of course, for the house is seldom on the market and, if it were, would be way beyond our budget. But it’s a harmless pursuit.

We start in the village. A rather ramshackle window is firmly shuttered, inviting no buyers. An uphill cobbled track leads to a country lane, and the most exquisitely gnarled olive tree trunk. I stop to admire.

A feature of this part of the world, great boulders are stacked one upon another. They interlock, braced against the sky. Has some idle giant been playing at jigsaws, then strode off into the clouds? The textures absorb the sunlight.

The land opens out, with a scattering of almond trees. How beautiful will they look in spring, laden with armfuls of white blossom? A narrow lane leads to a quirky little bungalow. Perhaps I could live here, but it’s much too far from shore.

The views are far reaching and lovely, and I can picture the smoke-coloured evening hills. Still, the valley can never surpass the sea for me.

But maybe for Jude? I’d better ask her!

2020 Photo Challenge #46

98 comments

  1. If I get tired of the scenery on my usual walks, I can always see what’s happening on your walks. This was a nice one. And that is a lovely house. I can imagine a couple living there, visited by their children or grandchildren.

  2. I love looking at houses on my walks, too. Cottages, mansions, all of it is interesting. Love the black and white on some of these, Jo. Have a beautiful weekend.🙂

  3. That’s a walking “game” I play often! I live close to a very nice neighborhood (where we could not afford a single thing), and my walks and runs always contain daydreams about the houses I have picked out for myself!

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