Awaiting Spring


Flowering almond tree.

Seems like the Douro has experienced a very wet and cold winter, or perhaps it is the longing for the longer days and inevitably warmer and sunnier weather of Spring to come.  Looking at ADVID’s climatic report (Douro wine region’s monthly viticultural report) this year’s rainy season, from October to March, is thus far an average year, actually 1 or 2 degrees C warmer than usual and for a 30-year average this year’s rainfall is right on.  A couple of years ago I wrote in this monthly blog of the extreme drought the Douro was experiencing; this year I will not write of a lack of precipitation.  Since our vineyards are traditionally terraced, I note at this time of the year the number of walls that have fallen, always a challenge here.  Considering that we have more than 4 kilometers/2.4 miles in walls the overall damage is minimal.  Life chugs on, and in a few weeks we will have vineyard bud break, wildflowers will create a riot of color and Spring will arrive!

Tedo at work grazing

Tedo at work – it is a horse’s life!

Circus, faithful companion on my walks

Circus, faithful companion on my walks.

Oranges for mouthwatering marmelade.

Oranges for mouthwatering marmelade.

Pussywillows by the Tedo.

Pussywillows by the Tedo.

Irresistible camelias

Irresistible camelias.

Backbone to our gardens - the red geranium, blooming even in the late winter.

Backbone to our gardens – the red geranium, blooming even in late winter.

The Douro river – translated the golden river – passing in front of our Quinta do Tedo en route from Spain to the Atlantic – with impressive levels this year.

As always, cheers! ~ Kay





14 Responses to “Awaiting Spring”

  1. anne bossenbroek says:

    Superbe, cela fait envie.. Anne

  2. Ada says:

    So so beautiful!!
    Brava lucky Kay!

  3. betty williams says:

    I can’t tell you how much I enjoy reading your blogs! Your photos bring back some of the most wonderful memories of our trip to Portugal (our favorite place in the whole world).
    I am writing from Alberta, Canada. Our high today will be -23C, our low tonight -33C. Please send some of that sunny warmth our way!

    • admin says:

      Ola` Betty, thanks so for your comments especially that you enjoy reading my blogs – inspirational icing on the cake! We welcome you back to our quinta whenever and I can only imagine -23C during the day. Brrrhhhh!

  4. Manuela says:

    Cara Kay, che bello!
    Deve essere un sogno!
    E’ meraviglioso vedere come tu ami questi luoghi bellissimi, sia nei dettagli della natura che nei larghi e stupendi panorami! Sei già li’? Oppure andrai quest’estate? Un giorno vorrei venire, sarà bellissimo!
    Un forte abbraccio , Manuela.

    • admin says:

      Grazie Manuela, e’ vero che la quinta si trova in un luogo naturalmente bello – siamo fortunati. Vi aspettiamo per una visita un giorno. Un forte abbraccio da me, Kay

  5. suzy says:

    lovely photos – roll on spring!

  6. menetrier says:

    tres belles photos

  7. craig paddock says:

    sign me up !!! beautiful

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