Sunday, February 14, 2010

House, mill and valley / Casa, moinho e vale


Here we have the whole set of "ingredients" to make up what one can call a beautiful place: A valley surrounded by mountains, green fields, a river running between rocks, a simple house and mill near the rough stone bridge. It feels like lying down and enjoy the warm heat of the Winter sun on all this grass, so much green and succulent - at least that's what the cows say - than its boring urban relative, mowed to the millimeter. Sweet and nice thoughts... It is curious that the places like this always bring them to the "outside" viewer, when it appears that real live around there may not be at all easy.
Aqui temos todo o conjunto de “ingredientes” para compor aquilo a que se pode chamar um belo lugar: Um vale rodeado de montanhas, campos verdejantes, um rio correndo entre pedras, uma casa simples e o moinho junto à tosca ponte de pedra. Apetece deitar e aproveitar o calor morno do sol Invernal sobre toda essa relva, tão mais verde e suculenta – pelo menos é o que dizem as vacas - do que a sua aborrecida parente urbana aparada ao milímetro. Pensamentos doces e agradáveis... É curioso como lugares como este os suscitam sempre a quem os vê “de fora”, quando tudo indica que viver por ali não deverá de todo ser fácil.
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6 comments:

Villager said...

Esta cena lembrou-me imediatamente do Bairro do Moleiros na Beira Alta. La' encontrei a mesma rudimentar ponte granitica que aqui aparece tao bem representada.

Paulo J. Mendes said...

Essa é mais uma acha para a fogueira da minha curiosidade acerca das paisagens Beirãs, que mais tarde ou mais cedo terá de ser saciada...
Um abraço e bom Carnaval :)))

Rob Carey said...

A gorgeous, rural image- peaceful and warm. You are right, too, about the unseen hardships of this kind of life, keeping the animals, taking care of the basic chores around the house...but this kind of life close to the land has such great benefits we miss in modern times.

Paulo J. Mendes said...

I agree with you, Rob. That's a question that keeps my mind busy quite often. I've dreamed before on living such a kind of life, but my present energy makes me think that missed already that train, so for now I'll keep with the painted dream...

Terry Banderas said...

These buildings are great. Another very nice painting.

Paulo J. Mendes said...

Thank you, Terry: These are very simple and basic buildings, but the rich textures and colors in the stones make them as beautiful as any palace.