An island of cows

There are so many cows in Flores and lots of small meadows. It’s fascinating to see how the farmers have prepared the land and built all the stone walls to keep the cattle in every spot possible, no matter how steep a hill or far a climb to get there.

Cows grazing down in a far-away valley

Cows grazing down in a far-away valley

This also means it usually isn’t enough for the cows to graze for a very long time, they need to be moved regularly, which also is a way of keeping the land open and control the vegetation.

Cows walking through Fazenda das Lajes

Cows walking through Fazenda das Lajes

All of a sudden when driving down the road, there is a small herd of cows, moving from one place to another. It’s something fun and loving about these procedures, the farming takes the time it takes, people are engaged in making it work, the traffic on the island is rather slow and this is just something that is part of life. Cows moving. And farmers. They walk and drive around their meadows, checking on the animals, milking or moving.

Passing cows on the road from Santa Cruz to Lajes

Passing cows on the road from Santa Cruz to Lajes


We’re grateful to be in this small island, experiencing all the little details of the local’s lives, from herding cattle to knowing when the delivery boat arrives and what days are good for drying laundry or making hikes.

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Cows and their calves resting

Now is the season for calves, by the way! And we love seeing the small newborn babies together with their moms out on the fields. Warm and dry weather is of course better for the small ones, so we wish for more of that!

// Anders & Wivan, cow-watchers

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