[instagram] #maximalism > beautyfying everyday kitchen towels with crochet edgings is the pastime of choice of uncountable portuguese (older) women, thus keeping their hands busy at times once used for spinning, mending or knitting socks. large bold ‘joyful’ prints and bright yarns are always preferred over lighter ‘minimalistic’ palettes, discarded as too plain or simply ‘sad’.
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#latergram from #alentejo > having dinner with sr manuel and sra emília who live in an isolated “monte” with their cows, pigs, sheep, goats and poultry. there are no weekends or holidays here, only hard work and the gentlest smiles. #àsvezeslánomeumonte #bringapocketknife #thefatoftheland
#protocol > when invited for a meal at a peasant or shepherd’s home, bring your own pocket knife. you will be expected to use it to help yourself to the communal loaf of bread, cheese, and fruit, and to replace the knife you would expect to see by the plate that might not be there as well (opinel or a swiss army knife will do just fine but go for portuguese ivo or palaçoulo pocket knives if you can). having spent so many years gazing at medieval imagery, even after many memorable meals i am still moved by the longevity of these century old table manners #Portugal #bringapocketknife