Archive | November 2011

In Portuguese…


Planting seeds of ideas…

An inspirational display on design and service ideas around the Veredas de Monchique to make it profitable and create the need for further offspring businesses in Monchique.

Space of 150 cm width. A4 and A3 printing available. Brand and philosophy determine everything in black and white. Exhibition display apart from map outcomes and sketches in Portuguese. Needs to have an accompanying English translation – maybe as part of the process booklet which is basically a print out of all my Veredas blogposts.

Board sizes: 86 x86mm with 10 inset, 190 x190mm with 20 inset, 420 x210mm 20 inset.

The convent and five trees

To take a break from designing the final maps, Janki, Veronika and I traced the classified tree walk for Steve. We traced the route using an old school GSP device and my GPS camera. The google earth screen shot has the route  drawn in approximately. Due to the hills, the camera rarely got a GPS signal thus all pictures are clustered rather than spread evenly along the path (and I did not even switch the camera off) and the trace is locked inside the device. Not too useful for including the track confidently in the final maps. At least I got the altitudes from the pictures.


  1. Explore Monchique’s alleyways up to the Arauca tree
  2. Climb slowly up to the convent, go inside if you are lucky enough
  3. Pass the Magnolia tree at the old school sight and walk along narrow cobbled paths past traditional houses and farming terraces
  4. Follow the little stream up the valley along a narrow footpath
  5. Cross the stream and follow the path up until you hit a sanded road
  6. Turn left and follow the road passing through an Eucalyptus forest and enjoy the great view to the convent
  7. When arriving at the main road to Foia, turn right and walk upthe road for 5 minutes. The views over to Picota will make up for the short path along the road.
  8. Just before ‘Fernando’ restaurant turn left and follow the serpentine road through cork and eucalyptus trees.
  9. At the bottom of the road turn left and after a just a few minutes the petrol station will be insight and with it the avenue of Planato trees
  10. Stop at Cafe Maio for a Bifana
  11. Walk along the main road, take the left road of the one way system, pass two craft stores and arrive back at the tourist office

Monchique in a postcard

As part of the Novas Direcoes we are also planning to have postcards that are actually from Monchique. Most postcards here are either general Portugal, Lisbon or rural motifs. As I love patterns I have taken heaps of close up pictures of textures, mushrooms or tiles in the last two months. These are my best off suitable for postcards. I wondered whether some pictures should be grouped into contexts to make more traditional postcards e.g. mushrooms, crops, tiles etc but I prefer plain pattern. I am curious to see what the others of the group are suggesting before we make a selection to print – 10 best off with 10 prints each or 100 postcards different?!

Come on a journey…

This is my plan for exhibiting my journey in the process room of Novas Direcoes. Visitors are invited to follow my journey on paper (though my black note book) and digitally (through my blog). All resources are already there, easy to do.

Cozinha de Portugal

The Portuguese cuisine is quite hearty with lots of meat and fish. The delicacy highlights of our 3 months residence where Peixe e Arroz (in a restaurant at Sagres), Bahalhau (at Lucios), Cataplana with seafoods (made by Lucio  at the Quinta), Pasteis de Belem (a pure sweet delight with Julia in Belem), Feijao com Arroz (a traditional Monchique dish made up of rice with beans, pork and chestnuts at Charotte Restaurant in Monchique), Piri Piri chicken  and ‘Salami’ cake from the local Pastelaria (as it reminds me so much of my gran who made a very similar cake when I was young). To remember some of the dishes I photographed a German Portuguese Recipe book, sorry for all the ones who cannot read German!

Mushroom spotting the second

The day started with joining a group of 65 Monchiquese on an organised mushroom walk by the council. All in Portuguese  and slowed down by taking lots of pictures, did we soon trail behind and even lost them. Spotting the photos on the president’s facebook later, explained why everyone was literally running up Picota. They picked, discussed and ate their treasures.

Nic, Julia and I had a fabulous day and walk tho, spotting at least 20 different types and sitting on top of Picota without a single cloud in the sky in late November. Life’s good! Have a look at Julia’s blogpost ‘mushroom geek’. (I’m loving the title!)