30 May 2012

nature letter


. while looking for elements to send for lovely project nature letter I realised I have nature collected over the last couple of years scattered all over the house .
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. enquanto procurava por elementos para enviar para o belo projecto nature letter reparei que tenho natureza recolhida ao longo do último par de anos espalhada por toda a casa .

28 May 2012

sunday

 
. spent sunday surrounded by green . fresh green . another river up north . the first cherries of the year eaten while the cold water flowed . the grasses covered in tiny flowers like garlands . and the feet freezing . in the nearby city a stop for coffee . smiled at the old wisteria embracing the pleasant restaurant . like partners of a long time . and the willows always peaceful in the the soft breeze .

24 May 2012

on my working table today


. new pieces tests .
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. na minha mesa de trabalho hoje . testes de novas peças .

23 May 2012

in bloom



. my beautiful phalaenopsis surprised me today . the flower wasn't here yesterday :) .
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. a minha bela phalaenopsis surpreendeu-me hoje . a flor não estava cá ontem :) .

22 May 2012

among wild roses


. coming back home . a stop by the side of the road . wild roses crawling . so pretty in its delicate petals opening up in pink turning white . a perfect moment to close the day .
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. regressando a casa . uma paragem junto ao caminho . uma roseira brava rasteja . linda na delicadeza das pétalas a abrir em rosa tornando branco . um momento perfeito para fechar o dia .

18 May 2012

lines and folds


. sometimes inspiration stays in the mind for years without one realising . there are shapes which connect within us. identify us. these lines and folds were drawn 3 years ago and you can also see them here and here .
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. por vezes a inspiração fica na mente durante anos sem uma pessoa notar . há formas que se ligam a nós . identificam-nos . estes linhas e dobras foram desenhadas há 3 anos e podem vê-las também aqui e aqui .

17 May 2012

from yesterday


. random memories from yesterday . blistering hot . a few hours by the river . the decorated road . the breeze on the willows . shadows dancing . dreaming . ideas developing . captivated by worn out shells . collecting . everything so quiet .
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. memórias do dia de ontem . o dia queimava . umas horas junto ao rio . a estrada decorada . a brisa nos salgueiros . dança de sombras . sonhar . ideias a crescer . atraída por conchas gastas pelo tempo . coleccionar . tudo tão calmo .

tradition


. today we celebrate "dia da espiga" (literally meaning wheat stalk day) . it is always celebrated on a thursday 40 days after easter . traditionally people would go to the fields on this day to gather a selection of plants to make a bunch which then would be placed behind the entrance door until the following year when it was replaced by a new one . by doing so it would bring a good year to the home . this day was also considered to be the most sacred day of the year and a day when people shouldn't work (where I live it is a holiday but not everywhere in the country) . it was also called "dia da hora" (day of the hour) because there was a belief that there was a certain hour of this day, midday, when everything stopped ... the water from the river didn't flow, milk didn't curdle, bread didn't leaven and leaves wouldn't cross each other . it was during this hour that people would collect the plants to make the bunch . on this day harvest is supposed to begin . the plants composing the bunch all have pagan and religious meanings ...
olive branch . olive oil + peace
wheat stalk . bread (meaning food)
daisy . wealth (gold and silver)
vine . wine + happiness
poppy . love + life (errata: on the image I wrote happiness when I should have written life)
rosemary . health + strength (where I live this is rarely used because rosemary cannot be found easily)
. I picked my one this morning in the fields .

most of this information was gathered from wikipedia
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. hoje celebra-se o dia da espiga . é muito engraçada a descrição que vem no wikipédia . por aqui é feriado e eu fui aos campos esta manhã apanhar o meu ramo .

13 May 2012

the vegetable garden


. waking up early in the morning . looking out of the kitchen window . the vegetable garden is breathing . created by dedicated hands . hard working hands .
flowering courgettes + green beans + strawberries + spinach
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. levantar de manhã cedo . olhar pela janela da cozinha . a "hortinha" respira . criada por mãos dedicadas . mãos de trabalho .
courgettes em flor + feijão verde + morangos + espinafres

from this morning's walk


. a warm morning wrapped in a slight breeze . started with clear blue skies . the sandy path going up . the green on both sides . and a diversity of tiny flowers . of so many colours . collected them . a whole bunch . on the way back a detail of roses and sweet peas at an entrance grabbed the attention . made me smile . everything is so pretty and alive .