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casa rosa #1
Until a few months ago, I lived in the centre of large Australian city. Now I live in the middle of a forest in central Portugal. Bouçã da Figueira was once a small village, but now we are the only inhabitants. The other houses are rapidly returning to the earth except this one, Casa Rosa, which is just the same as when its owner died 35 years ago, except for a birds nest in the kitchen and the slow collapse of... everything.

This is, I think, the start of a new project...

.m.i.c.h.a.e.l.n.o.t.t.e.r., dolores666, Ulrika Westen, Risa Profana and 15 other people have particularly liked this photo


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Gary Sauer-Thompson
Gary Sauer-Thompson
back to basics huh?
5 years ago.
Incognita Nom De Plume
Incognita Nom De Plu…
exactly! The owner cooked on a fire in the corner. The birds' nest in the rack currently has 4 new inhabitants... but also back to basics for me. Looking at where I live and the aesthetics of being inside a natural environment that has strange echoes of both NZ and Australia (not least because there's a lot of pine and eucalyptus tree farms around us). I've got pics on google+ if you want to see what where we live actually looks like.
5 years ago.
Gary Sauer-Thompson
Gary Sauer-Thompson
cookimg on a fire in the corner is basic. I can't find you on Google+ what's the link?
5 years ago. Edited 5 years ago.
Incognita Nom De Plume
Incognita Nom De Plu…
Send me your email address nd I'll invite you to the album (or make me a contact using my IRL name)
5 years ago.
Gary Sauer-Thompson has replied to Incognita Nom De Plu…
I've sent you my email address by Ipernity mail. I didn't understand what the IRL name meant).
5 years ago.
Incognita Nom De Plu… has replied to Gary Sauer-Thompson
Hope you got the invite -- I just meant to search on google+ with my real name
5 years ago.
Gary Sauer-Thompson has replied to Incognita Nom De Plu…
I got the invite thanks. I'm working my way through the photos. You sure have got a lot of work on your hands. You seem to be fairly high up the hillside.
5 years ago.
Incognita Nom De Plu… has replied to Gary Sauer-Thompson
we've got nothing BUT work Gary! Turned out that practically everything in the house has had to be replaced (wiring, plumbing, roof, bathroom, floors... and some walls!!!), which we weren't expecting at all. And that's before we even get to dealing with our land... which is the biggest acre I've ever seen and includes 2 hillsides, an orchard, an olive grove, and 2 over-grown terraces. We're about 1/2 way up a really big hill -- with the closest neighbours a 15 minute walk through the forest over to the other side (which is much more tame -- the name of our place literally means 'the wild side of Figtree', with the closest village being Figtree -- ie Figueira)
5 years ago.
Gary Sauer-Thompson has replied to Incognita Nom De Plu…
You can't be doing all that work yourself surely.
5 years ago.
Incognita Nom De Plu… has replied to Gary Sauer-Thompson
Luckily we have an amazing builder -- Manuel -- who works all the hours of the day like a short heavily-muscled machine! His only fault is that he believes that concrete is god's own material and the answer to any problem. We're doing the easy things like boraxing the timbers and carrying stuff. I've also become very good at limewashing almost any surface ;-)
5 years ago.
Rick Lawrence
Rick Lawrence
you're in portugal! i'd love to know more about this. love this photo. yes, rembranditic in nature
5 years ago.
Incognita Nom De Plu… has replied to Rick Lawrence
Hi Rick, thanks for stopping by! Really appreciate the feedback. Yes, I've moved to Portugal -- best decision I have ever made! Still an absolute beginner at Portuguese -- living in the forest without neighbours doesn't help there -- but feel entirely as though this is where I should be (if that doesn't sound too hippy-dippy ;-) I'm happy to send you an invite to my google+ album of our home if you're interested -- or let me know what you'd like to know about our adventure.
5 years ago.
zeze57
zeze57
gorgeous still life. Paint/like Good compo ...
5 years ago.
Incognita Nom De Plu… has replied to zeze57
Thanks -- really glad you like it.
5 years ago.
krystina stimakovits
krystina stimakovits
great photo!
5 years ago.
Incognita Nom De Plu… has replied to krystina stimakovits
Abandoned houses are always such great sources of moody light and general disarray... my favorite things
5 years ago.
Teresa Coelho
Teresa Coelho
Awesome!
5 years ago.
Incognita Nom De Plu… has replied to Teresa Coelho
Thanks for your visit Teresa and your very kind comments -- really appreciate the feedback and support.
5 years ago.
après-apres
après-apres
your life sounds like the script from a couple of my favourite films.
5 years ago.
Incognita Nom De Plu… has replied to après-apres
Sometimes it FEELS like one of those scripts too ..."Perplexed in Portugal" or "Our Year of Spending all the Money we have ever Saved"....
5 years ago.
dolores666
dolores666
Another gem.
4 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Excellent; like the light.
4 years ago.