This is something we’ve been planning to do for quite some time.
After I first shook hands on the purchase of the quinta, I wanted to carve something for the place, and specifically for the niche behind the waterfall on the middle terrace. The idea was that it should carry the energy and intent that water should always run on this land (as it evidently always has).
Suitably, this one was a family effort. I started with a tall rectangular block of Portland limestone, but all I could “see” in it initially was the bowl shape at the top. Was thinking acorn cup or somesuch with all the oaks on the quinta. Then Ema came by the studio and “saw” a head beneath it and it was instantly obvious that’s what it should be. Astrologically, with my natal Sun in Aquarius, the water carrier idea also seemed completely appropriate to mark the beginnings of my stewardship of this land.
The stylised African-ish head that evolved from that vision came out to Portugal with the yurt and other stuff in April, but has been sitting bubble-wrapped waiting on a suitable occasion to place the carving in the niche behind the waterfall. Oonagh had the idea that, since the head had been Ema’s inspiration, then we should place it in the waterfall the day Ema and Chris set off in their van for Europe. That was this morning. So, with serendipitous rain to accompany and confirm the idea of perpetual and plentiful water, we had a little ceremony and put the carving in its place.
Now, as the unseasonal rain continues to fall putting a halt to progress on the yurt platform today, I’m just hoping that our bit of earth magic doesn’t turn out to be altogether too powerful …
Postscript: It continued to pour down all day. We gave up any hope of work and went to see Andy & Sophie. The downpour followed us there too.