This morning I had an amusing experience and it reminded me of another amusing experience that was somewhat similar.
I went to our local butcher, who is about a 3 minute walk from the house, as we had decided to order a local fresh turkey for Christmas rather than the commercial grocery stores. Armed with my few Portuguese words I headed off. Thank goodness there are only two people permitted in the store at a time! I waited my turn and suddenly my mind went blank. I mixed up a bunch of French, English, and perhaps one Portuguese word and the butcher, she just smiled at me with a puzzled look and I could see, a determination to understand me. For anybody who knows me well, I speak with my hands and my body as much as my mouth so……following some wing flapping, the correct word for turkey in Portuguese (peru), and I think just maybe a gobble or two, and my order was placed. Let’s see what I actually get on December 23rd!
Years ago I was in Spain with wonderful friends and we were in the north Basques country. We had heard of a small butcher shop in a village near where we were staying and one day we headed there, me armed with the Spanish word for “leg of lamb”. There was a line-up when we arrived and we took our place to wait. It took a while and finally I was next. I had waited so long, and was so nervous that when the butcher spoke to me my mind went completely blank. I looked back at him and the only thing that came out of my mouth was “baaaaah baaah”. He looked quite startled for a moment but smiled and said No baaaah today!
There you have my silly memories.
Marc was occupied today with administrivia for a few of his projects and to give him some peace and quiet in which to work without distraction, I headed off on a lovely walk in and around the village with the understanding we would meet in the square at 13h00 for lunch.
There is a celebration here on May 1st called Festa Da Pinha which is quite amazing to see. Today I noticed a plaque, that I have seen many times over the years but only today realized it is a memorial to this tradition. You’ll have to wait till my May 1st blog to learn more about it!!!
And finally. I promised myself no food photos this year but……todays prato da dia was Bacalhau assado no forno com batatas e pimento (salt cod with peppers roasted in the oven. I think it’s worthy of a closing photo!