Under the skies of Figueira -VIII

Ana Valentina Angelo

Oxalis pes-caprae,  our “Azedinha-amarela”

Beautiful Figueira, I’m going to Praia da Tocha, but I’ll be back today.

Road in Portugal

It is winter and the morning sun is inviting. The road is calm with beautifully carpeted soft yellow hillsides; I get closer to realize that they are the same flowers found in the gardens, in the land reserved for domestic cultivation and in some of your squares and walkways, Figueira. The landscape is enchanting!

But now I’m back, Figueira! It is almost night. I park my car and go for a walk observing the tricksters ‘so called “Azedinha-Amarelo”, feeling the night coming, it collects its petals as if it fell asleep. I make another discovery: its leaves are shaped like a clover and are not foreign to me.

Oxalis pes-caprae  a “Azedinha-amarela”

There, on the other side of the planet, in the Southern Hemisphere, is a plant scientifically classified as Trifolium repens corresponding to the Portuguese “Azedinha-Amarelo” of smaller size and tiny yellow or purplish flowers, that the Brazilian call “azedinho” or “Four-leaf clover” “… I know … I know, Figueira; how can it be a clover, if it has four leaves! I’ll tell its story … because it is an anomaly and the phenomenon is rare, it is popularly considered a symbol of “good luck”.

In addition, the number four is considered magical in many cultures, for several reasons: there are four cardinal points, the seasons, the alchemical elements (earth, air, fire and water) and the phases of the Moon …. Four are the letters of the name of God (YHVH, Yahweh) among the Hebrews; number also of evangelists and arms of the cross, among Christians. ¹

Finally, the sum of the first four numbers results in ten, a symbol of sacred completeness for the Pythagoreans and, of course, the basis of the decimal system”, says the philosopher Mário Sérgio Cortella, from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP) , specialist in religions.²

The use of the four-leaf clover as a talisman is believed to have originated with the Druids, priests of the Celts, people who occupied Europe in the first millennium BC. ³


So, Figueira, with you I feel at home. Maybe I will find a four-leaf clover in this yellow immensity of slopes in Figueira.

Men, simply men

Men, simply men

… and the new millennium came

pressures, impressions, omens

– forecasts

and here we are

sailing the waves of history

– victory!

doing, undoing facts

feats, affections, disaffection

– defects

surviving … our way

ravings? … sober? … wise?

– imperfect!

body and mind

loving, lovers, beloved

– in love

men, simply men.

Blue sky in Figueira da Foz!

Edgar Cardoso Bridge

February 6th. Winter … the breeze is cool but the sun, always providing, pays off and makes the sand at Praia da Claridade irresistible.

I walk alongside others who, like me, know that there is no winter that prevents appreciation of the beauty of the Queen of the Beaches in Portugal. And there I go on the long wooden walkways of the largest urban sand in the continent, until I reach the Torre do Relógio beach and then the Marina with its unique color. As a backdrop, there is the Edgar Cardoso bridge – with a total development of 1421m – under which the Mondego meets the Atlantic Ocean.

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