Thursday, 17 September 2015

Green Gate with Granary

Always on the look-out for something for Good Fences, I was very pleased to come across a gate with an Espigueiro on top, which is a very unusual sight, as they are usually built from the ground up on four blocks of granite. Espigeiros are little granaries made of wood and granite of ancient contruction.
They are narrow rectangular structures used for drying and storing corn, and they dot the country-side of northern Portugal. Some date back to the eighteenth century and have crosses on top to bless and protect the corn. Perhaps not the best exemple of an Espigeiro but an unexspected and interesting find nevertheless.  






 
To carry on with the G theme here are a few juvanile greenfinches seen on the same outing.












One more look at the green gate with Espigeiro seen from the road.

 






GOOD FENCES
SATURDAY'S CRITTERS
I'D RATHER B BIRDIN

42 comments:

Haddock said...

The greenflinch is literally posing for you.

susan said...

very interesting

martinealison said...

Bonjour,


Très jolies photos. Je suppose que ces petits verdiers viennent se régaler des grains de maïs peut-être un peu gros pour eux !!

Gros bisous ♡

Bob Bushell said...

The green gate is excellent, and the juvenile Greenfinch is beautiful.

Bas said...

wat een geweldig mooie plek met vele mooie mogelijkheden.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, beautiful images and I love the sweet bird. Have a happy day!

Rose said...

These are fabulous shots...love the birds, love the rock fence/wall. Rock walls fascinate me.

Phil Slade said...

I like those greenfinch shots. Sometimes I find Pied wags to be confiding, other times not,but I always use a 400mm lens.

TexWisGirl said...

adorable greenfinch on the wire! love the granery on the fence! have never seen one that elevated! thanks for linking in!

EG CameraGirl said...

LOVE the greenfinch!

Debbie said...

what a great find and a beautiful greenfinch on a wire. i don't get that bird here!!!!

Linda said...

What an adorable, darling little finch! It looks as if he was enjoying this photo shoot and tried to help you as best he could. :)

Karen S. said...

Incredible views that you discovered for this week!

Lasse said...

Excellent !

Breathtaking said...

Thank you Phil!:)

Ida said...

That little Green Finch is so cute sitting there on the barbed wire fencing.
Oh my that Green gate, rock wall and the Espigeiro are just so cool. I've never heard of this until today so it was very interesting to read about it and to actually see one. Great find.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Birdie on a wire, very cool!
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carolann said...

Great take and I really like your bird guest demonstrating all is good on fences.

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous pictures!

Christine said...

Beautiful blog and photos! It was really interesting to learn about the espigueiro!
Christineandhercamera.blogspot.com

LV said...

Enjoyable post, but liked the bird on the wire fence best.

Teresa said...

Son unas fotografías preciosas. Un beso.

Stephanie said...

Love the bird shots!

hmuxo said...

Very nice photos!!! The photo of the bird is SO clear and beautiful!

Margaret Adamson said...

Love the stone wals but the greenfinch on the wire is stunning

Nick Morgan said...

I love that gate with the granary over it. A clever use of space and very practical, as well as looking lovely.
I would never have recognised the juvenile Greenfinches. They would have had me searching through my bird books for hours!!

Len said...

Do you think that the grain store may have been built above the gate as an economical way to use stone?

Breathtaking said...

Len
So nice to sees you here!:) The Espigeiro's are made mostly of stone, and local granite is plentiful in this área. I'm not sure why this one is above the gate, could have been to save space, although from outside the property looks quite large. Twill remain a mystery!

Stewart M said...

Thats the kind of door that makes me want to find out whats on the other side.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Jocee said...

Wow, that green gate and its surroundings are amazing. Nice find! :-)

David Gascoigne said...

A very appealing post!

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Beautiful photos and your header image is gorgeous!
Have a lovely weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I am stopping back to say thank you for linking up your pretty Greenfinch. It is a beautiful bird. Great shots. Have a happy weekend!

Snap said...

The green finch is wonderful and I learned something new today -- about the gate! Thank you! Have a lovely weekend.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

So interesting about the espigeiro and I enjoyed seeing the green finch, too. Hope you have a very nice weekend.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Fantastic find! Wonderful photos!

jandi said...

Wonderful images! Love the green finches!

Anni said...

Spectacular area...AND images.

I took the liberty to add your link to I'd Rather B Birdin' just now since you were having problems. Hope that's okay with you. Thanks for sharing...and have a great week ahead.

Marie C said...

A fascinating post...love the green finches.

Helma said...

A very special fence is this !!!
This I so never seen. A barn on top of a fence or gate. Really nice to see this once :-)
The juvenile green compact is also very fine picture.

Stuart Price said...

I can't get that Shakin' Stevens song 'Green Door' out of my head now................

Breathtaking said...

Stuart Price.
HA há!:)))I have had it in mine ever since I posted it!:))

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