There is a consistent theme around Cabril these days: Estamos sujos. We are dirty.

Restoring and building means that we remove really old dirt. We move that dirt, then move it again so we can make way for new dirt. And sometimes we play with all kinds of dirt to make a palette of dirty, old colours to cover the other dirt. On any given day we are surrounded by dirt.

In spite of the hot weather and constant threat of forest fires, rubbish surf conditions cool mornings have allowed us to get cracking on the barn extension. Dirty, old walls have come down to make way for new walls and I’m always amazed at the size of the (dirty) rocks inside these old buildings.


sujos ~ dirty

Earlier this week we had a short reprieve from the ongoing summer drought. Thankfully we were outside or we would have missed it completely – it was over in four minutes.  A short burst of cool liquid drops evaporating as soon as they hit the ground but staying long enough to release that amazing smell of thirsty soil drinking in fresh rain.

As soon as the shower stopped everything was left coated in a strange, orange dust. Penfold drove into town and watched in amusement as every car in the area was fastidiously washed and pampered.  Ours were the only vehicles to actually get cleaner from the dust shower.

Most people speculate that the orange rain must somehow be a result of last week’s fires but the most interesting theory is that it was dust carried up from the Sahara.

Even when it rains, we’re still covered with dirt. Keep dancing …


PS: Obrigadinha to DaddyP, KPX, daisyfae, Alice and kyknoord for their comments on Too Close to Home …

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28 Responses to “Dirty”

  1. That orange rain may have come from Oz. When I was in my desert everything was orange/red! Especially the dust storms.

    • Tango says:

      Welcome Archie 🙂 What colour were the skies in your desert? You weren’t on Mars by any chance … ?

  2. Alice says:

    orange fairy dust from outer-space (maybe?!), mud, dancing and not having to wash your own car; sounds like my perfect kind of day 😉

  3. I hope you haven’t been dishing up the dirt ….. might be a useful source of roughage though …….

  4. KPX says:

    When we were in the Med on the boat every now and then a sudden heavy downpour would leave the decks covered in thick red dust, usually just after we’d cleaned them. We were told it was blowing over from the Sahara. Once it was thick ash instead, and we watched seaplanes scooping up seawater and dumping it on the fires burning the entire hillside on the other side of the bay. Nostalgia rules; sigh.

    • Tango says:

      No seaplanes scooping water here, just a few helicopters and not another drop since our Sahara splash.

      Of course, the thing about memory lane is that we often forget about the potholes. x

      • KPX says:

        Potholes??? Did I mention we were on a boat?

        There might have been the odd gale and slipping anchor in the middle of the night, oh and quite a lot of mosquitoes: apart from that it was PERFECT. Obviously. 🙂

  5. Esta says:

    Esta sujos.

  6. daisyfae says:

    i would have a powerful urge to draw “Oompa Loompas” in all that orange dust on the cars…

    • Tango says:

      There has been no end to the messages I find scrawled on my car. Our track is an elongated dust bowl on the way to a popular swimming gorge — it seems the urge is quite powerful in most people but no Oompa Loompas yet …

  7. lucy says:

    we got that orange rain too, and amazingly only some people have washed their cars since then… i must be having an effect round here. (as if)

    • Tango says:

      Olà Ms. Pepper! All vehicles in Cabril remain unwashed … must try to rectify tomorrow before Oompa Loompas appear on my car.

  8. penfold says:

    Dirty? Yes we are… x

  9. Sue says:

    all i can say is that i hope water is plentiful enough for the occasional shower to get rid of all that dirty dirt …. 🙂

  10. kyknoord says:

    Maybe it’s a poorly thought out publicity stunt by Orange Mobile.

  11. fatboyfat says:

    We get that strange yellowy dust on our cars after rain here in England, too. Apperently it’s quite abrasive so you’re not supposed to clean your car afterwards, for fear of damaging the paintwork.

    That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

    • Tango says:

      A most excellent theory, one that makes me feel better for not washing my car until a few days ago. My paintwork is quite lovely, even if you can’t see it for all the dust …

  12. Esta says:

    The smoke from all of the fires burning in BC stretches all the way to Ontario. Air quality warnings in Alberta, Sask and MB.

  13. Dolce says:

    those dirty hot days. Childhood days.

    PS going to be in Lisbon in Jan. Will be soliciting recommendations. 🙂