Food for Thought

One of our neighbors, Peter, came to our village (by way of Germany and Ireland) seventeen years ago. It’s given him time to familiarize himself with what grows in the countryside, and when he rings our doorbell he is rarely empty-handed, but brings gifts of fresh figs, walnuts, passionfruit, and grapes.

Local Grapes

And rose hips, to make tea and to add to protein drinks. Who knew how pretty they look in the wild?Rosehips

If we (read “my husband”) want to put some effort into it, “we” can fill a large bowl with sweet blackberries that grace the bushes near the olive trees along the road.

Keith with Blackberries

For a city girl whose produce has traditionally been sprayed, picked, processed, shipped, and displayed on shelves, it’s quite a treat to enjoy this bounty. It reminds me of when God promised the Israelites land filled with milk and honey as well as figs and leeks and olives and dates–that they did not plant. The concept of “that they did not plant” was never as real to me as it is today. There’s so much to be grateful for in life, and a blessing to discover more each day.

Here’s hoping on this first day of a new week–almost a new month–you find something for which to say a special “thank you” to Someone special.


About Tricia Pimental

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tricia Pimental's second memoir, A Movable Marriage, has received 5 Star reviews from both Epic Book Quest and Readers' Favorite. It's available on Amazon in both Kindle ( and print ( versions. She is also the author of two Royal Palm Literary Award Competition-honored books: Rabbit Trail: How a Former Playboy Bunny Found Her Way, and Slippery Slopes. Other work has appeared in International Living Magazine; A Janela, the quarterly magazine of International Women in Portugal; and anthologies compiled by the Florida Writers Association and the National League of American Pen Women. A member of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and a former Toastmaster, Ms. Pimental resides in Portugal. She can be reached at and on Twitter @Tricialafille.
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7 Responses to Food for Thought

  1. granny betty says:


  2. Ninette Bravo says:

    We’ve got a few tomato plants giving us fruit and our berries are abundant. It feels so delicious picking fresh fruits or vegetables from your own home. We plan to get really into a vegetable garden next year! Thanks for sharing. XOXOXOXOXOXO!!!

  3. Tomatoes are the best. They go with e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g! Good luck with your garden. XOXOXO.

  4. Anne Pimental says:

    So eloquently said. It is still Sunday here, I am thankful and blessed for ALL the people in my life.

  5. David Sharad says:

    Healthy food is very important to improve health and fitness. Avoid all junk food and limit the alcohol. Eat fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, red meat, grains, and dairy products. These include vitamins, mineral, nutrients, fiber and iron that are really good for health and improve mood, burns fat, control blood pressure, make strong bone and muscles, improve mental health and heart functions.

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