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My little garden and my cat

It's about time I post something from my home town, so poorly represented in TE, at least in quantity. It's been more than 20 years since I have left and in fact I only lived there from 11 to 18 years of age, but I feel that my roots are still there, perhaps not so much because of the family, but mostly because of some of my closest and oldest friends; even if many of them also don't leave there any more, I meet them more often there than in any other place. I was born there only because my mother preferred to give birth to her children there than in Campo Maior, where she lived at the time, but I completely lostcontact with all my friends from elementary school.

You know already of my difficulty in writing short notes, so I won't even try to write something about a town that I know too well to be able to choose what to mention. For those interested in knowing about the town, I leave the inevitable Wikipedia link. Specially for our Brazilian friends who tend to be so fond of poetry, I leave also the Wikipedia link to one of the most famous figures of the town: the poet José Régio, one of the most important Portuguese literary figures of the 20th century (and teacher of my mother in high school) that, despite he wasn't born in the town, he spent most of his adult life. His former home is now a museum that features his large collection of folk artworks. Here it goes another two links, related with a poem made famous by the Brazilian singer Maria Betânia: lyrics, video.

The scene depicted here is quite common in Alentejo: those plots where the flowers are make part of the street. I guess one can see that as an illegal occupation of public space, but very rightly, no one cares. If you are wondering about this being intrusive, calm down, as I was photographing the door and the cat when the old lady appeared and insisted that I took her portrait (with the beloved pet, of course). In a way, although I don't know the lady, the place makes part of my memories, as the grandma of a close friend of mine lived about 40 meters away of this door and I went many times to her home. Nearby, on the top of the small steep street, we can find the Sé (cathedral), a building that will be much familiar to those who frequent lucasgalodoido's and paura's TE galleries of Brazil.

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Location (latitude, longitude): 39.2906,-7.4337

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Additional Photos by Jose Pires (stego) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4422 W: 612 N: 7301] (24132)
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