621 – Buddha Eden
Farewell to Santa Susana – northward bound… We had met an American lady (living in Portugal) at Bacalhoa near Setubal who told us about Buddha Eden – wow factor again! Thousands of hectares devoted to Buddhism, peace and tranquility – perhaps Mr Trump should visit?
Dogs (of peace not war) were allowed in the gardens – Oscar is eminently qualified… K question – why is Buddha always male? Someone out there will know. Our K is always peaceful and tranquil – eh, Oscar?. Even when you, Oscar snaffled the bag of treats in the van when K’s back was turned. Less rations in your dinner then, O.
Once again, no apologies for letting the photos do the talking… I know we’re old fashioned – but when did we stop calling our pictures “holiday snaps”?
On to Peniche – home of Dictator Salazar’s prison and ‘interrogation’ chambers, fort, old town and harbour.
“Knock, knock” – “Who’s there” – a local fishermen selling fresh fish – £0.85 for a meal! We are in Portugal… K here: think it may be sardines, but they all need gutting whatever they are!
Sorry, Oscar wants his say – again…..
Hi there – me again – just a quick catch up – I need to be on my paws in case her nibs leaves the bag of treats unattended – again! Why should I get blamed if K is a bit remiss? OK – 7 may have been a bit much to grab in one go – but… no, James – it was definitely not 17!!!
I can’t remember if I mentioned how nice it was when Alison stayed with us for a week? Maybe I’m repeating myself – but – she’s nice – called me ‘darling’ a lot. Made the hairs inside my ears stand horizontal. I know with humans it’s ‘hairs on their necks standing up’ – but, we’re well, different. Nice warm feeling – pity she had to go back to a very cold place called Bath? Imagine cold Bath(s) in January…
K and J are still OK (I’ve stopped calling them my owners – they know their place, I think…) They are really kind people per se (I learned some Latin too) – philantropical or philandering, maybe – philaundering? Fil-Something – filofoxily – wily old birds…
James has this geetar instrument that K kindly gave him for Christmas – let’s say, he practices most days. Now, I’m no great musician, me – but I do have an ear (or two) – and I say quietly, he needs to expand his repeatery, sorry repertoire… He doesn’t censor my diary, I hope. Sometimes, he quotes Shakespeare/Marlowe (don’t get him started on that subject!) – like when I knocked over something trivial – his wine! “Get thee to a K9ery” he said! I don’t want to be a nun, or a monk, either…
Gotta go – I heard my doggie bowl being lifted out of the saucepan cupboard… They have given me new dog food – reduced rations – 160 g down to 125g (!) – K has rebuked me for taking her fresh nail varnish of with my teeth when she offered me a measly (one) treat! What lady applies nail varnish before K9care? I’m hungry, a growing dog, after all…
Bye for now…
Notes on Buddha Eden
35 hectares of Peace Garden created by the wealthy Portuguese Berardo (made his money in Africa, collects art and owns various galleries as well as wineries … don’t know what else) in response to the “cultural barbarity that forever erased masterpieces of the late Gandhara period from the C6th AD. In 2007 around 6000 ons of marble and granite statues were commissioned in China to create this monumental homage to peace.” What an amazing vision and generosity to share so much art with people and sponsor so many artists.
The Palm Lake.
The African Sculpture Garden dedicated to the Shona people of Zimbabwe, who have been hand sculpting stone for a thousand years. They believe that every stone contains an ancient life spirit which influences what the stone will be carved as.
A right royal King.
We saw some of the blue terracotta army at the Moscatel winery near Setubal.
Amazingly, people had scratched their names into the gold paint … Grrr!
21m high and overlooking the whole park.
Tile map of the wine regions.
Both parts of the sculpture moved with the wind at different speeds.
The Buddha garden looks wonderful. We must put it on our must do list when we come back to Portugal. A message to Oscar from Boo – when you steal treats you should deny all knowledge of them. Of course you don’t have a sister to blame like I do but you can always pretend it was James. x
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Hey Oscar, watch out for furry caterpillars, not sure if they come as far north as you, but they live in pine trees, in a silky ball that looks like a ball of spiders web… they are pretty nasty little blighters! We have moved to the beach at Carrapateira to avoid them until Robyn’s niece arrives in Faro next week! Love Kensey
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Thank you K. My K says she is paranoid about the little blighters – I seem to be on the lead more often. How are you after your surgery? Love Ox
I’m really, really good. I got hand fed for a day and I didn’t even need to get out of bed. And now I have medicine for my thyroid I can run up and down the beach and Robyn can’t catch me any more. Ha ha! Gotta go….. I’ve just been offered a bone! And Robyn has got the wine out! Disgraceful I say, it’s not even 5pm! K xx
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