"Pongáio" was the name my Aunt Mona gave to a long, green, cool room where we gathered at her home —
replete with comfy chairs, a rocker, sewing machine, sewing goods, beautiful beads, shelves, books, bibelots, photographs, odds'n'ends, mementos of a life, treasures —
a gathering of all the useful & 'useless' things that so make life a pleasure.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Carnaval I

This past weeked was Carnaval.
A de facto holiday, if not official, so you never know what will be open or not.
The government NOT, of course!... or banks...
Some supermarkets didn't open on Monday, much to my surprise.

Youngest Son went off with friends to a beach last Thursday.
Middle Son went to a friend's country place, a sítio, alternating time spent at the factory with Hubby.
Even though we worked "normally", we did manage to get away a bit to the countryside, away from Very Noisy Neighbors that are leading me into madnesssss, and to get some good revivifying energy from Nature.

Sunday Hubby and I went to have a late lunch at a town about an hour's drive away. The restaurant is situated a few miles before the town is reached. Very simple but well prepared food, interesting conversation with the owner, and lovely views.
* Click on images to see large format!

Over the top of the Moeda Mountains, the view of the valley
The restaurant is way down there....

A waterfall, on way down the mountain

 The restaurant, Pé da Serra

 View from the varanda: mountains, roses, mandioca (the pointy-leaved plant);
in the background, waterfalls near the buildings

Drive back: horses in pasture & Serra da Moeda

Drive back, over the mountains again, view to other side

On the way back, we stopped at a friend's restaurant, visited with them and had dessert.
Hubby, strudel with chantilly and me, chocolate mousse.
(No dieting this weekend... it's Carnaval!!!)

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