MdD Residency — Sept.–Oct. 2016: Emma Levie

For the months of September and October of 2016, the MdD is hosting Emma Levie (website), a Dutch Visual Artist, as Artist in Residence.

Emma takes inspiration from her daily surroundings and transfers these into beautiful drawings and installations.  The MdD and the Dão valley region will play a part in the reflection and creation of new works.

Below is a small selection of works found on Emma’s web site:

Spring buzzziness & another great experience working with volunteers.

This year is something else! Last year it was just warm and dry between February and October. Now we are getting it all: sun, rain, wind, warm, cold. Really starting to sound like a ‘farmer’ talking about the weather all the time. That’s just what happens when living so integrated with nature. We are surely feeling the spring energy ramping up and we are trying to keep up with all the seasonal changes going on. Today (April 12th) we are bracing for a storm that’s on the way and might dump 6 cm of rain in 4 days……. fingers crossed!

In the last three weeks we unexpectedly had some great help from two volunteers Aline and Duarte who contacted us through HelpX. The collaboration with them was really fluid and fun and together we got so many things done it felt like they were here for much longer than 3 weeks!

Just to enjoy and remember all the work that was done:
– Woodchipping a LARGE quantity of piles of sticks we had been saving up.
– Garden path and bed building.
– Wood management.
– Clearing out basements.
– Dogbed sowing.
– Old apple crate cleaning and sanding.
– Seeding and planting.
– Clearing pieces of our new terrain on the other side of the Dão.
– Plastics and trash removal from ‘The Island’, left by the high river of early January.
– Mimosa removal.

WOW!!!!! Thanks Aline and Duarte!

Moinhos do Dão – Eco Quinta

Starting 2014 Moinhos do Dão will be presenting itself as an Eco Quinta. In the future that we envision for Moinhos do Dão, the focus on ecology plays a key role. Concern for the ecology has always been an important part of the things we do here at the MdD as we aim to live in harmony with the natural surroundings of our unique environment. We want to make that experience tangible for people that visit, and this new addition to our name communicates our focus. Continue reading