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The Quinta Story

Many people have urged me to tell the Quinta’s story on this blog, and seeing as I haven’t written anything for, (heavens above!), two months, it seems only fair that I should do something a little special, so here’s a small video Daniela and I put together over the last week; we hope you enjoy it!

Sunset over the lake

Sunset over the lake, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

We had one of these this evening … ’nuff said really.
Lovely thing about living here is that you get these and also get to meet amazing people like Carlos last weekend – here’s his blog http://www.vai5.blogspot.com/ …. I never thought my first pictures on someone else’s blog would be from the old days despatching in London …. aaahhhh! “Those were the days my friends ….”

The lake and it’s evolving ecology

Been ruminating about how the lake has evolved over the years. You see , its only just under 40 years old and in that time its gone through distinct phases.

For instance in the early years we had a lot of tall water weed along the shores. Then came the drought in the mid 90’s, the water levels dropped and the weed died back. It has never really re-established itself.

Then there was the time when the lake supported a massive population of crayfish. They’re still here but their ascendance in the lake’s ecological hierarchy lasted only until a fierce storm washed so much silt into the lake that they had difficulty breeding.

Now it seems as if it’s the turn of the Carp  – a couple of years ago I pulled one out of the water that measured 92 cms tip to tail; maybe they’re the ones keeping the crayfish in check!

More to come later….but just a gentle reminder that sometimes the things around you, well they might work to a different time scale but they are alive and growing all the same.