These are some scenes of what will be my neighborhood for the next few weeks. As you can see, Telhados Grandes is a very teeny, tiny village of a couple dozen houses at my last count, conveniently located in the middle of nowhere with absolutely […]
Hello, and welcome to Casa da Nuvea, my little olive farm and blog.
Like many in Portugal, my family has been producing its own olive oil for centuries, using traditional harvesting and pressing methods passed down through the generations. In an effort to continue my family’s tradition, rescue childhood memories from obscurity and to preserve the cultural heritage that has shaped my family’s identity, I started restoring a little stone house and abandoned olive farm in my family's village of Telhados Grandes, which lies in the middle of the Parque Natural das Serras de Aire e Candeeiros in Portugal.
While I originally launched this blog as a site to share snippets of my work/life and express my passion for this special place through the medium of photography (and it still is) my dream is that the actual place will one day evolve from a personal retreat into a small, rustic guest house that offers a chance for like-minded people to experience the quiet beauty of this rocky landscape and interact in an honest and authentic way with the local people... a place where you come to relax, congregate for meals with friends and get to know the local farmers over long, winey lunches under the olive trees…with a focus on conversation and connection..and lots of quiet contemplation. Coming here is an escape from everything that is fast, loud and busy. It's a place to fall asleep while listening to the wind, and the braying of the neighbor's burro to wake you up. A place where the scent of wild herbs and eucalyptus follows you as you walk the rocky paths.
Thanks for coming along on the adventure!close