It seems impossible for us to realize that we have already been here for two week and I hadn’t yet found the time to hike up São Miguel. When I woke this morning I thought about that and made a decision that today was the day, and what a perfect day it was for such activity.
Marc decided to stay at home as he was feeling creative, both in the art department and in soup making!!! Dinner tonight will undoubtedly taste divine.
I guess because I was alone and fairly quiet, not that I don’t occasionally chatter to myself, the birds were frequently caught off guard by my presence. I saw so many grouse (tetraz) today yet impossible to catch with my camera. I saw signs of rabbits in several places but not a coelho in sight.
I totally enjoyed my morning and although I was in it for the exercise, I did take the time to sit and relax, to breath in the air, and take in the view . For as many times as I’ve hiked it over the years, I never tire of any aspect of it. Marc knows that if I go before he does he is to take my cremains and sprinkle them from the top of this place. That thought gives me great pleasure!
I arrived home to the heavenly scent of Marc’s soup, a beautiful new oeuvre d’art drying in the sunshine, and a face, happy to see me. How much better can it get!
We decided to head into Moncarapacho and enjoy lunch in the square, soak up the sun and ambience, and relax for a bit.
How happy I was when I reviewed the prato do dia menu and discovered that one of the specials was Biqueirão em vinagre, fresh anchovies in vinaigrette. Be still my heart! My tastebuds are still dancing these many hours later. Needless to say, a basket of Portuguese bread was quickly ordered as well and by the time I was finished the plate could have simply been placed back in the cupboard it was that clean!!
I had mentioned the other day that a wine we quite like, that usually sells for 1,99 € and was on sale for 1,79 €. It’s only available at Intermarche, and there happens to be one in Moncarapacho.
From there we simply headed home as it as just after 15h00 and the sky was starting to fill with clouds. Apparently there is a storm front just north of here which will possibly gift us a couple of cloudy days. We made one small stop along our route and came upon a large hedge of my favourite yellow/white lantana. I imagine a yard full of this as I sit sipping my morning coffee. I can dream can’t I?