The windows and doors are all open, classical music is playing inside and the birds singing madly outside! These are the days I’ve been longing for, timeless and tranquil. We are happy boys!
Speaking of happy boys……yesterday was Marc’s 65th birthday and what a great day it was. I had asked him what he wanted to do for the day and it turned out to be relatively simple……a walk on the Fuzeta beach and a stop at a Chinese store to pick up some new canvases. Both easily accomplished! From there we had lunch on that patio at Ana and Simão’s, returned there again later in the day for a “treat”, then dinner out. A more perfect day it couldn’t have been.
A lovely walk around Estoi before lunch on Tuesday. Saw this scene over a wall leading into a private garden.
We are both drawn to the colour of this door.
Gwen and Marc enjoying lunch on that patio in the sunshine. We’ve all been joking with Marc that he is becoming more Portuguese with the sweater and scarf.
Broad beans and porc.
wings and fries
An’s newest dessert, sweet potato roll….apparently, according to my inhouse expert…it’s amazing.
The day was truly sublime and the walk home was slow, slower and slowest because of the heat.
I love seeing all the pantyhose on the lines
This is blooming right outside our door.
Tuesday evening Marc and I had been included in a wonderful family birthday party…..a 70th. We drove west about half an hour to Boliqueime to connect with friends, old and new and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves…..many thanks to Joelle for this invitation.
And that brings us to Marc’s special day…..
This fellow was picking plants near our parking lot…he feeds them to the chickens.
Fuzeta harbour was a very lively place with many fishermen working in small groups on boat repairs, net repairs, cleaning etc. It felt festive.
The birthday boy with his wind blown locks on the Fuzeta beach. Happy to have his toes in the sand.
A very happy smile.
On the way home we drove into the mountains and stopped to check out some of the gorgeous wildflowwers
This tree was quite beautiful. A bit lit a weigela but not quite
Another birthday shot. He humored me.
We stopped at a place we had wanted to visit,, Quinta dos Poetas…..this isone of the tiles inserted in the counter on arrival. We’ve made a reservation there to dine out with friends later in the month
Another of the tiles.
I liked the unisex bathroom sign
From here we headed to the main square for lunch and a surprise visit with Susie and Gus.
Elsa, Susie and Ana embracing the birthday boy.
His decorated sweet potato cake.
I love seeing this group of colleagues, a day care centre nearby, as they arrive for lunch each day. The giggle and laugh and have a great time.
Ana decorated Marc’s wine jug
Big lunch, sunshine and heat…..of course it demanded a siesta…..at least for me. I think Marc was working on a new piece while I snoozed!!! LOL. We then headed back to Ana’s for further celebrations…….a lovely bottle of champagne.
Ana and Marc
Ana, Simão and Marc……what marvelous memories we have of these two……and continue to make.
And of course, Gwen and Marc…….always belly laughter and fun when Gwen is near
Marc and I headed out at 19h30 for a lovely quiet celebratory dinner, which was the perfect closure to an almost perfect day. By the time we arrived home near 23h00, we were both quite ready to call it a night………Happy Birthday mon mari. Je t’aime!