With autumn the rain has arrived and the grass has turned green. Hurray! But oh no, we are only half way through painting Quinta Blackberry. At the beginning of summer we had the house washed. The roof went from sad, grubby grey to sparkling green. Hmmm. I quickly had to rethink the idea of blue shutters, which I was about to put on order, and opt for green, which are typical of Portugal.
I love the yellow and green colour scheme of the houses here. Bright yellow bands of gold are painted gaily around windows. Some have gone totally off the wall with an entire house painted in a brilliant crimson pink or tangerine orange. I was raised in the middle of England so my bid for navy blue shutters instead of the regular racing green is as eccentric as I’m going to get on the house front. Probably.
I’m now painting the front of the house bright purple. I mean white. I may even finish the front before winter sets in and it turns a dirty grey and peels off again. The side of the house is a mix of pale yellow with large patches of pale pink showing through, reminiscent of an ice cream Sunday. The front of the house has a lovely cladding of seventies style tiles in a light pea green on one side and dark carrot soup on the other, which have both been painted over in the same ice cream yellow.
At some point the tiles will have to go, but for the time being I’m artfully whitewashing them, quite a relaxing job when the sun is shining. Just another few hundred tiles to go and I’ll be done.