I love that people send me private little notes demanding to know where my blog has gone!!! Heartens my heart to know folks are not only following along, but enjoying reading of our escapades.
This past few days has all been about long walks, leisurely meals, the occasional jaunt in the car in between running errands, daily household chores, and for Marc in particular, delving into a few ideas that have been brewing around a few new pieces of art. All in all we are quite content and time, as it always does, seems to disappear on us as it seems that one minute we are getting up and the next, contemplating going back to bed.
For those of you who have followed my blogs in the past you may remember that there are particular days you don’t hike in the mountains because of hunters. For those of you new to this blog, Thursday and Sunday is open hunting in the mountains therefore you don’t venture in there for a casual hike!! Marc and I learned this the hard way!!
As it seems to be all around the world these days, prices are going up. We’ve found that Portugal is no exception to this as restaurant prices have jumped considerably since March 2019. (when we left here last). In the past we enjoyed many “menu completo“,which would include your bread/olives/vino/main plate/dessert/coffee for around 8 or 9 euros. Not this time. Now you find that the concept has completely disappeared, or at least we have not yet encountered it, and presently everything is priced separately. It’s till substantially cheaper than at home in Canada however so not complaining, simply pointing it out. For us Canadians, Portugal is an incredible bargain.
Since arriving here it’s been endless sunshine, blue skies, with one short rain early morning while we were still in bed. The earth is quite parched and the farmers could certainly use a little rain but nothing in our forecast just yet. We don’t mind a day of rain as it permits us to stay home and work on a jigsaw, Marc paints, we read, etc..
Over the years one of the habits that Marc and I have developed is to explore by taking roads that we have never been on before. Nothing here is necessarily in a straight line, unless you want it to be. I don’t think one could truly “get lost” as all roads lead to Rome! If it’s a dead-end road, it’s clearly marked, not that we haven’t missed a few of those signs and found ourselves trying to turn the car around on a dime! We have a few stories.
We love to take those roads as we find there is always a treasure to be stumbled on. Today we came across this:
And finally, this small inviting lane that, had I not been in the car, would have most certainly been explored a bit more! These places call out to me.
As we have plans for this evening we’ve decided to treat ourselves to a lazy afternoon around the Quinta. The temperature is 18 degrees however the sky today is filled with large cotton candy type clouds which makes sitting by the pool a bit cooler than I enjoy. I think that’s the universe’s way of telling me to start that new book I’ve been itching to get into.
Até nos encontrarmos novamente (until we meet again)