We love the panoramic vistas we see driving from Gramado to Nova Petrópolis. We drive through this beautiful valley and are amazed that the mountains are mostly flat on top. A lot of the cities are built on the top of the mountains. These mountains stay green all year round because of the amount of rain we receive.
The condominium next door is continuing to rise. We are still amazed at how slow the construction process is here. We will not live here long enough to see this building completed.
This is a beautiful flowering tree in front of our condo. The colors in the picture do not show how deep purple the flowers really are.
Below is our washer and dryer outside the back door of our condo. There was no room in the condo for them. Our neighbor's wash basin is to the right, which is all we would have had if we had not purchased the washer and dryer.
The is our back yard. We are the last condo in this complex, so the yard is next to us. Only three of the ten condos in our complex are used on a continuous basis; the other seven are used only infrequently on week-ends. We rarely see anyone in our yard.
There is a couple in the Gramado Branch who were married, had four kids, then divorced. She remarried, had two more kids, and then her second husband died. The original couple were remarried in the Gramado chapel after 35 years apart. Their oldest son is walking her down the aisle. Their granddaughter is the ring bearer.
We have been looking hard for a place to hold church in Nova Petrópolis, but have had a very difficult time. We have looked at many places, including the beautiful German house below. Unfortunately the owners only want to sell and not rent. The church will not buy property until we have a larger number of members attending the branch.
As you can tell, we love the hydrangea flowers. We found some paintings of them that we purchased for our condo here and to take back to Pleasant Hill. The artist, Lizzie Heidrich, opened a little shop in the Expo center here in Gramado for an exposition the city was sponsoring, and we took her picture there.