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Browsing Archive: July, 2011

nothing beats the plop of a real cork stopper

Posted by Marianne on Saturday, July 30, 2011, In : news and information 

The use of cork dates back to the ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks, but the father of cork is Dom Pérignon who started using cork to seal his sparkling wine bottles in the mid-1600s. Pérignon was a French Abbot residing at the Hautvillers monastery who was trying to find a new sealing solution to replace using wooden bungs wrapped in hemp to seal bottles. His innovation launched a new industry which today employs 100,000 people in the Mediterranean. Large scale cork production was first...
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Gardening By The Moon

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Saturday, July 23, 2011, In : nature 

A lot of people in São Marcos da Serra deal with gardening based on folklore and superstition.  But some of this old wisdom now has been proven scientifically correct!  It is e.g. proven that seeds will absorb most water at full moon. According to many gardeners the phases of the moon are of the utmost importance.  If you consider that the moon is responsible for the low-tide and high-tide in the oceans of the world, and that plants consist for a majority of water, you...
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about honey and água-mel

Posted by Marianne on Thursday, July 21, 2011, In : food and recipes 

The area of São Marcos da Serra belongs to the protected region of "Mel da Serra de Monchique".  The honeybees of the serra produce a very high quality dark yellow and smooth honey. The quality is so high because of he great biodiversity and the pure and clean air here.  The bees visit the flowers of rosemary, eucalyptus, heather, orange tree, lavender, cistus, prunus etc.  One hive gives on average 25 kg of honey per year. Did you know that 1 honeybee makes about 1 tw...
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sweet potato vines

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Saturday, July 16, 2011, In : way of life 

Most people think of sweet potatoes used in cooking and baking, but this healthy food, loaded with vitamin C and beneficial carotene, also makes an eye-catching plant!  The fast-growing vine makes a gorgeous green house plant, and is easy to care for.  This is done frequently by the women of the serra.  It is easy, cheap and ornamental.  This is how it works:

First choose a sweet potato with several buds, or "eyes." These are spots that are starting to sprout. You will often see these on potat...

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Party time in Fitos (Santana da Serra)

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Thursday, July 7, 2011, In : festivals and fairs 

Summertime is partytime !  
16 July there is a traditional Festa Popular with music, dance, sardines and drinks in the hamlet of Fitos (Santana da Serra), next to São Marcos da Serra, 
Join in as of 1800 hours and enjoy the food, the people and the music by Neuza Guerreiro.


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Censos 2011 - the numbers

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Thursday, July 7, 2011, In : news and information 

São Marcos da Serra lost 169 souls during the last 10 years.  The total amount of residents counted in the Censos 2011 was 1366 (1535 in 2001).
For the total Algarve region there was an increase of residents of 13,9% to 450.484.  The parish of Alcoutim lost the most inhabitants, namely 23,2%.
The council of Silves as a whole now has 37.087 residents.

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