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We stopped so I could try to get a picture of the poplars (I got better at it later on). I wondered what the yellow crop was in the field then realised that it was grape vines losing their leaf so pulled up a little further on to get a shot of those too.

Writing of Colin Thiele the other day reminded me of another of his books. I remember my very pious grandmother asking my sister what book was she reading. She told her the title "Labourers in the Vineyard". Grandma was well pleased -- a good religious book she thought. That gave us more laughs than any of Colin Thiele's stories.

From the Holy Bible John 15:5 (New International Version)
"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."


  1. Love the story of your pious grandmother!

    And the photograph of the grape vines is quite arresting - it just goes on and on, up and up. The colour is gorgeous.

  2. Smee the bosun again ...

    Had to pop back in and tell you how much I like the horizontal layering in that top image. Gives a lovely texture to the entire image.

    Two really good shots, IMHO.

  3. Colours are absolutely gorgeous!

    Answering to your question:
    - Portuguese have lived for 48 years under the dictatorship of Salazar. On the 25th of April 1974 a revolution took place and we knew, at last, what democracy is like.
    By the way, the previous name of the bridge (built 1966) was... Salazar!

  4. That's one of my favorite verses, I love The Word distilled. The photo is phenomenal, autumnal lighting I can only imagine.


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