Cork Harvest

Even though Monte do Casarão is a former eucalyptus plantation, there are many cork oaks as well. Once every ten years (the ten-year-period is verified on the basis of the tree rings in the bark) the tree can be divested of its bark, i.e. the cork.

The seven of us did the job: four cork cutters (the trade is handed down from father to son), two dogsbodies and one young man who painted the number 8 (from 2008) on the denuded trees. The cork was cut in the course of one Saturday, and the Monday after it was moved in front of Casarão Velho. After it had dried for four weeks, the cork was weighed and sold.

Our first harvest yielded 124 arrobas (one arroba is about 15 kilos). Since only part of our cork oaks have been peeled, we stand to expect a similar amount every third year.

The funny thing is that for the cork to be cut at all, we needed to have a road constructed through the valley behind Casa Boa. This road was constructed a few days before the cork cutters arrived. None of us noticed a thing. All of a sudden, it was simply there.
35 hectares is a lot of land!

PAINTINGWEEK

Schilderen in Portugal * Carvalhal

Twice a year- once in spring and once in autumn - Monte do Casarão organizes a painting week. The course is for beginners and advanced students. You can paint or sketch using any technique and any materials you like.s.

Painting weeks in 2020:

April 8 - April 15

September 30 - October 7

 

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JANUARY

New Years Lottery Monte do Casarao

January. Another year has passed. What the new year brings remains uncertain. We wish everyone a very nice year with many joyful moments; a year without too much sadness and discomfort.
For Marianne Mahieu, husband and children, 2020 started with a pleasant surprise. They have won the New Year's Lottery of Monte do Casarão, which means that they can spend a week in one of the houses on Monte do Casarão for free this year. The winning lot was drawn - we like to give it an official touch - by our Finnish neighbor Päivi Mannerkorpi.

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