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

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. The Dutch Jenny Helder will support and coach the students during both art weeks.

Painting weeks in 2018:

April 16 - April 23

October 4 - October 11

 

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AUGUST

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August. Month of the big festivals. At the beginning of August in Zambujeira do Mar there is the Festival Sud Ouest, the 5-day pop festival that attracts some 50,000 people every year. A few days long rows in the supermarket, overcrowded beaches and empty straw steps, but not an unspoken word. Not from the locals and not from the festival goers.

And already in the middle of August for the 15th time the Feira Medieval in Silves. In spite of the large fire that lasted a week in the Monchique and which had the consequence that villages around Silves also had to be evacuated, in consultation with all the victims it was decided to continue the 9-day medieval festival. Hats off. Really recommended.

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