In the UK Shrove Tuesday — the day before Lent commences — is celebrated with pancakes. In Portugal, it is the last day of Carnival or Festival. In other countries, the period is celebrated as Mardi Gras.
In Portugal, the time is marked by parades which include all the populace from the local nursery group to the pensioners who have their own specially adapted float. It is also celebrated with flowers:
We had to go out — we had a property to inspect and I could not help but notice that yellow is the colour of the moment both in human and nature’s celebration.
It is reasonably dry here at the moment in Portugal, and things are a tad dusty, and this hibiscus would definitely benefit from some rain:
Turning a few corners more, and we are greeted by Mimosa trees bursting into bloom:
We reach our destination — beautiful views across a valley — shame about the house. We decide to try and go back by a different route and pass by a field of yellow lupins which are an in between crop to improve the soil and feed cattle:
Turning around you have a variety of bright yellow clover:
Returning home — once again we are greeted by more yellow — this time lemons; and a reminder we need to pick a couple to go with our pancakes!