The last few days have more or less disappeared on me! That’s not at all a bad thing, it’s simply an indication of us being occupied with things and me leaving my camera behind, intentionally. I find it necessary to take a break from time to time and simply be in the moment.
Today was market day in Moncarapacho, about 12 km from Estoi, and although we’ve been to many over the years, I am still a big fan and I absorb such wonderful energy when I’m there. The colours, the noises of people meeting up with friends, of bartering and all round happiness. The scents of cooking things, cheeses, salt fish, and even the occasional person!!! LOL It all comes together and forms a marvelous experience.
We drove over and found parking then wandered into the market grounds, we had arranged to “bump into” Pat and Gary, who were able to walk there from “home”. Bumped into them within 5 minutes despite the size of the place and the crowds. From there we stuck together and wandered……me not needing anything, Marc seeking nuts to make a granola, Joanne was hoping to find a new pashmina scarf, whilst Pat and Gary were on the lookout for oranges and socks! I can report that by the time we were ready to leave everybody had satisfied their wish lists.
At some point during the wanderings we find ourselves a table and sit for a bit simply to continue to breath it all in and people watch. It’s always a great pastime. Today we were right next to a vendor who was roasting chickens….the line-up with endless and thankfully we were in the opposite direction from the smoke.
What a great time.
We’re meeting tonight to go out for dinner, something we rarely do, therefore, after our marketing we all headed to our respective homes to wile away the afternoon. I lazed by the pool with a book and some music, Marco is painting on the terrace, Pat and Gary are probably reading and working on a puzzle while Joanne…..I think she’s downstairs twirling around with her new pashmina draped around her shoulders admiring the lovely colours.