Newsletter spring 2018

The last few months have been cosy but busy too. We have had many guests and as always there was a lot of work to do. It was also a very exiting time. Will we manage to sell Pomarinho? When will all the paperwork be ready? When will the sale be official?

In this newsletter Dolf and Joop and Robert (the new owners) will tell you more about the future of Pomarinho. Enjoy! We wish you lovely summer months and we hope to see you soon (again) at Pomarinho.

Everything ends

When I was a kid, I had a dentist called 'Troost' (calque: 'consolation'). He was a horrible man who often shouted at me (a ten-year-old) 'open your mouth'. In his waiting room there was an embroidered sign saying 'everything ends, also this'. It's a sad farewell: leaving Pomarinho. However I'm also excited about putting down the demanding work and starting up a new, free life.

I will go back to my Dutch roots to build my own little chalet on a recreational park in the east of The Netherlands. It's nearby my old school where they are hosting demented old folks now. It's also close to my friends, FC 'The Graafschap' and my brother. But Portugal, where I have met so many lovely people, will always be and stay part of me. My plan is, like many guests at Pomarinho, to come back for wintering!

Who knows we will meet again some day. And believe it or not: if it happens it will surely be special and no coincidence.

I wish the new owners Joop and Robert incredible lots of luck and hapiness with Pomarinho. Furthermore I would like to thank the Pomarinho teammembers for their efforts. I wish you all the very best! And of course, last but not least: dear guests, thank you for your visits and the trust you have shown in us. Dolf

New owners Pomarinho

In 2016 we, Joop Jan Vos and Robert Uitman, fell in love with the beautiful Pomarinho. During our walking holiday at Pomarinho in October 2017 we decided to go for it. And we started talking to Dolf about buying Pomarinho.

The result: we are the proud new owners of Quinta do Pomarinho as from May 16, 2018! We are really looking forward to making Pomarinho even a nicer place as it already is. We have lots of plans. One of them is building a mutual room where guests can recreate and meet each other.

Our motto: no changes no progress. But... Of course we will treasure the Pomarinho values such as quietness, space and action. Quinta do Pomarinho stays a campsite with holiday homes and we will also continue the walking holidays. The first group walking holiday organized by us will take place in October 2018.

Dolf thank you so much for giving us your confidence. We are proud to take over your life work and we wish you all the best for the future.

We would like to welcome you at Pomarinho. Do you have any questions? Please don't hesitate to contact us via or via 0031-6-83201188. This is a temporary telephonenumber. As soon as we have a new number, we will let you know through the website and social media. We hope to meet you soon! Joop and Robert

Group walking holidays

The final group walking holiday organized by Dolf is a fact. It was a group with many returning guests who, together with our walking guide Ilse, walked through the beautiful surroundings of Pomarinho. They also enjoyed two overnight stays in the lovely villages of Marvão and Beira.

In Beira we stayed at the Train Spot, a very pleasant guesthouse in a former trainstation. It have been 12 great days in which we mutually enjoyed the lovely weather, good food, cosiness and walks through an abundant blooming nature.

A special guest

Every now and then he visits us: the Great Emperor Moth. The example at the picture was about 14 cm long. You can just see a little piece of his feathered antenna, indicating that this was a male one.

Did you know that the Great Emperor Moth doesn't eat and has no proboscis? His only concern is reproduction. Males can smell a female at a distance of several kilometres. Once spotted he flies straight to her.

This spring Dolf found another Great Emperor Moth on the ground. The moth looked death but after picking it up it still moved a little. Thanks to Dolf's good care we were able to release it again in good health.

Mimosa 'wood'

After consulting the government two Swiss camping guests removed the Mimosa wood near a Pomarinho building. He handled the chain saw, she did the dragging. Many trees were already dead or stood askew. The GNR (police) is knocking on every door in the neighbourhood. They threaten with fines. We have to make sure that the surroundings of a house are fire resistant within a circle of 50 metres.

Well then you have to act as a government after the large forest fires in 2017 where over 80 people got killed. Government policies aimed at reducing the number of hectares of Eucalyptus forest. But the opposite has happened. The number of Eucalyptus forest hectares has increased drastically. And now the ordinary man is to blame and needs to take action... They don't deal with the large capital. Unfortunately that's not new...

Pumpkin with chick peas

Ingredients for 4 persons:

  • 1 pumpkin
  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 garlic
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • handful of raisins
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • half a teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 can of tomatoes
  • 1 can of chick peas
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Preheat the oven (180 degrees Celsius). Cut the pumpkin in half and put it on a baking plate with a little water. It needs about one hour to cook. Cool it off and cut it into pieces.

Cut the onion, garlic, carrot and pepper into pieces. Fry the onion in a little olive oil. Once the colour of the onion changes add garlic, carrot, pepper, herbs and a dash of water. If the vegetables are cooked firm to the bite add pumpkin, tomatoes, chick peas and raisins. When all vegetables are done: add salt and pepper. Should the sauce be to thick: add a little more water. Bon appétit!

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Until the next newsletter!
Best regards from Dolf, Joop, Robert and the Pomarinhoteam

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