Given some of us in this house are still recovering from the persistent ongoing cold bug that has taken over, our days right now are a little laid back than perhaps they might normally be. That said, it’s Saturday, therefore, it’s Olhão Market day!!! I love that a ritual has been established.
List in hand, Patricia, Marc Gwen M and I headed off to spend some of our hard earned Canadian pensions!! Gary, wisely, decided to stay home and relax in the sun, get a good dose of vitamin D from the source and continue to recover. He made up for it later in the day but more on that later.
This is one tiny corner of the market. It stretches for about half a km or so all along the river and the market building property. Also both buildings, which are permanent markets, are full, one with fruits/vegetables/cheeses and butchers and the other fish fish and more fish!
These two took control of the shopping which allowed me to wander aimlessly and take it all in.
Gorgeous wild asparagus.
This pan of unbrined olives…….the colours are rich and vibrant and of course, the sun shining on them didn’t hurt.
Loads of sugar cane available today.
They didn’t know I was keeping my eye on them!!
Lovely nosegays for sale……..2 euros||!!
We had live entertainment which was loads of fun.
This was my view as I sat to enjoy a coffee and wait for the others to show up.
The market as we were leaving
This woman is here every Saturday sitting in the same place. She certainly looks weathered but her smile is wonderful.
The routine is to head off, individually shop and explore, then meet at the same place for a beverage of choice, then head towards our next stop, which of late seems to be the grocery store Aldi’s.
Miss Gwen and heer perpetual smile.
Patricia happily waiting for her Café con leche
Monsieur Marc happy with life in general. I love his happy smile.
And me, wind blown but happy.
We took a rather circuitous route home as a) there is always and unexplored road; and b) I had seen a house I wanted to find again and take a photo of. Both grand reasons in my mind.
Elegant decay all around. From the property, the house and the palms.
An old water wheel, long since abandoned.
Wall art high on an abandoned building.
Look at this heavenly rosemary shrub……about 10 feet in length and four feet tall. In full flower.
A beautiful single almond flower.
The house I had seen that stuck in my mind. I love the simplicity of the style, the details on the building and of course, my favourite colour in a shade a love.
Once home we settled on our patio for a free for all lunch. Leftover turkey soup, cheeses, Creton, made by Marc, leftover pizza etc.. No lack of food in this house. Once lunch was done Patricia wondered aloud if there might be takers for a walk??? Happily, I jumped at the opportunity and so did Gary……..good thing he rested earlier in the day cause we walked for quite a distance.
This unusual coloured succulent is in one of the gardens near our house. The new growth on it is almost translucent. Quite beautiful in the sunshine.
Always there is a chimney that captivates my attention.
This wonderful display of tulips (for my sister Beverly) was in full bloom in a tiny little garden tucked down a beleaguered country lane we had wandered. Loved finding it amidst all the farmers fields.
A happy heart themed chimney, lovingly painted.
Patricia and Gary leading the charge down our country lame towards our tiny subdivision. A great walk, almost two hours and probably about 6 – 8 kms with the return route.
Arriving home we decided to pop the cork on a bottle of vino verde and Patricia started the initial preparation for dinner. A wonderfully fragrant turkey curry and rice. It’s a shame we live such tough lives!!!!