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 2019:

April 11 - April 18

October 3 - October 10

 

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OCTOBER

Schilderweek Monte do Casarao

October. Fixed item in October, just before the autumn break, is always the painting week. This time there is something to celebrate: already for the 20th time, Monte do Casarão is a week-long an outdoor painting place, where the students have to work hard, but where they can also relax, enjoy the sun and be served.

The key to the painting week is teacher Jenny Helder. Every painting week (now for the 20th time) she comes specially from the Netherlands to Monte do Casarão to teach, with as much enthusiasm and animation as when she came the first time. The students continue to come back. For now we will go on with this topper.

For the record: the course of April 2019 is as good as full.

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