Respect for Nature

Yesterday there was a big wild beast heading towards the east, blowing hot and heavy …

A fire that started around Ribamondego …

There was nothing that could have been done. The winds were too strong and too variable. A lot of people contacted me and offered help. Thank you. I didn’t feel right putting anyone in harms way.

I evacuated my farm, I parked my truck at the chapel, and waited for it to pass while I sheltered close to St Gabriel while I watched it pass in the direction of my farm. So here you have it, St Gabriel and my Apocalypse.

I’m OK.

Unfortunately my land suffered …

But the core here remains intact and alive.

I feel very fortunate.

Maybe the full experience has not sunk in yet, but I feel that this is a huge cleansing, by the grace of Mother Nature, and I believe that this experience will serve to bring a great revelation. It is after all, what ‘apocalypse’ means.

Every ending has a new beginning.

From here we start again, fresh, new life.

UPDATE 21 July 2017:

Yesterday I was interviewed by TVI. Although they didn’t quite understand everything I said very clearly, I have included the interview below for anyone wanting to see it.


Australiano viu sonho de uma vida queimado em Fornos de Algodres Ontem.

Millo Magnocavallo tinha uma quinta naquele concelho do distrito da Guarda. A propriedade foi uma das que foi destruída pelo fogo.


UPDATE – 9 August 2017:

I’ve just launched the Quinta das Moitas Fire Relief Fund on in order to recuperate items that were damaged in the fire. I’ve also proposed a plan of action with regards to how to prevent this from happening again. Please visit the campaign and have a read.
Any kind donation will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


  • Julia

    July 19, 2017 at 2:08 pm Reply

    Oh Millo… Big big big hugs… Love from Oz… Ju xx

    • millo

      July 19, 2017 at 2:30 pm Reply

      Thanks Julia XXX

  • Annie

    July 19, 2017 at 3:30 pm Reply

    Wow, thank goodness for fire retardent materials and the yurt is ok (ish) Sending you all lots of love. When the rains start in September we will bring you young fruit trees from our land. I have offered them to Claus also. Glad you are all safe xxx

  • Cathie & Pete Martyn

    July 19, 2017 at 4:21 pm Reply

    So glad u r safe.❤️

  • RayMundo

    July 19, 2017 at 6:19 pm Reply

    If There is any thing I can do let me know when I get Back. Thinking of YOU. Ray

  • zed Kay

    July 19, 2017 at 7:08 pm Reply

    Wow Millo, so glad you are ok. You were lucky and as you say, new beginnings and the land will recover. x

  • Sjoerd

    July 19, 2017 at 8:20 pm Reply

    It was a remarkable experience … trying to save a house of a friend with a group of friends and a tough woman. Fire all around. At the moment we thought we won the battle, the fire came back. The bombeiros are my heroes, they did what they are good at – preventing that people lose everything.

    I wish you the energy and conviction to go further on your beautiful place under the sun.

    Sjoerd … Frisian in the mountains.

  • Tina

    July 20, 2017 at 12:44 am Reply

    Wow Millo, glad to hear you guys are ok, didn’t know the fire was that close … Lots of love and hugs from all of us here xxx
    Tina, Sven and kids xxx

  • Sam

    July 20, 2017 at 7:13 am Reply

    Oh my goodness Milo! So glad you are ok. A very humbling experience, and such respectful and profound reflections on it here.

    I hope the blessing that you have chosen to see in this (with such grace and wisdom) bears great fruit for you and all you love. ♡

  • Sara Carrilho

    July 20, 2017 at 6:24 pm Reply

    Tanto ja foi dito. Fico tao grata e feliz que a forca e determinacao nao vos abandonou. Que renasca tudo com vida e vitalidade querido Millo e Fran
    Sara e Danny

  • Eunice Lisboa Neves

    July 20, 2017 at 9:22 pm Reply

    Oooh Millo… I’m sad to hear you had to go through all this. It’s devastating what is happening to our Portuguese Landscape. And knowing it was and is mostly a human creation. I’m glad to know you, Fran, all the animal and some plants are safe and that you can see the opportunity behind the problem. Sending you courage and energy to restore your landscape <3 much love, Nice

  • Tim Daly

    July 20, 2017 at 11:33 pm Reply

    More teachings…
    Bless your renewal Millo n Fran!

  • Rita Domingues

    July 21, 2017 at 6:24 pm Reply

    You are strong my friend *** You deserve a great restart*** we are here for you *** Sending you lots of Love and Light ***

  • Leen Van Melle

    July 22, 2017 at 4:35 pm Reply

    Thanks Millo for your trust in the future … nice.

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