A gorgeous morning for an early morning hike, Sao Miguel was the destination, my companion, Patricia…..apparently it was too early in the morning for many others to consider joining us. The sun was shining and it threatened to be a warm day which is why we headed off at 9h00.
So many gorgeous flowers and plants showing their pretty coloured blossoms while many others looked ready to burst in the next little while. I was in my element.
The mountainside was ablaze with this paper thin and wonderfully coloured cistus. Everywhere you looked.
Patricia told me the name of this plant last year, and again this morning, but do you think I can recall it!!!!
My hiking companion……she meets me stride for stride. And for the record, we did the up and down of the mountain today in record time. I think we walked as fast as we talked!!
This little yellow blossom was in various stages of opening up and down the mountain slope. Beautiful
These lovely jonquils were still blooming, and heavy scented.
These tiny little daffodils, miniature, were dancing wildly in the breeze. Very difficult to capture a photo without a blur.
Another shot of these tiny daffodils.
The lavender is bursting everywhere.
All along the route down the mountain, paperwhites……on both sides of the road.
I was happy I captured this tiny butterfly as I am having problems with my camera.
We had a great hike and as I mentioned, record time. We were both pretty impressed with ourselves. Upon return to Estoi, I had half an hour before my Portuguese lesson and Pat happened to have a couple of pieces of leftover apple pie from my birthday dinner so………yup….apple pie and a bica….great fuel for my learning.
The plan was to head off to Fuzeta for lunch and perhaps a walk on the beach, both accomplished.
The acacia (mimosa) is in bloom, at least starting to bloom. I love this tree, it reminds me of pom poms or popcorn!
A second shot of the mimosa.
And my dining companions….mon mari, Diane and Laurie…..who just arrived last night after a 24 hour+ trip…..she’s resilient.
Laurie and myself……an no, she is not my sister, she is my sister in law.
Marc and Diane…..I love these two happy faces and smiles.
We all four enjoyed fresh tuna and amazing fries. And a salad….but who cares about salad when fries are this good and the waiter says, “tell me if you need more fries”!!!!
This well worn and sea beaten buoy.
I’ve seen this guy teaching people to para sail often on this beach.
His support team hanging around.
And finally, after much ado, he got it up!!
Look at those happy toes in the sand.
Happiness if your first taste of sand on your toes after 2/3 rds of a Canadian winter!
An action shot!! LOL
My handsome fella climbed to the top of the old salt house on the Fuzeta beach.
These folks work hard. The farmed oyster beds.
Oyster beds being worked
Marc took this from his perch on the previous building.
More oyster farm workers.
And more workers.
This fellow, who was no spring chicken, was persistent and patient and he continued to have success and failure, one after the other but he was not giving up. A trait I appreciate.
And finally, Marc and Diane……we laughed as this fig tree is the same variety we used to grow in our apartments and offices back in Canada. We were lucky if they kept their leaves through a winter.
A great day had by all. We bumped into Pat, Gary, Andrea, and Warren enjoying a beer on a small patio in Fuzeta. Had a short visit, a giggle or two then following a quick stop at the grocery store, the drive home. The sun kept us company all day long but so did a nippy breeze. Tomorrow is supposed to be windless……….that’s my kind of day.