The Times They are a Changin’

Obviously I cannot take credit for the title of my blog today but it describes well how things are progressing these days.

Marc and I are still missing Joanne……..not just her cleaning the kitchen each night after dinner but her overall presence. It’s amazing how quickly habits (and expectations) develop and when there is a change to that routine, it’s a form of grieving. We miss you Joanne!

Our friend James arrived yesterday on the 17h35 train in Faro and we were there on the platform waiting to greet him and our friends Michel and Louise arrive today on the 17h35 train in Faro and we were there on the platform to greet the!! Are you noticing a bit of a pattern here??

This morning James and I headed off for a “short” walk around the village prior to meeting Marc in the square for lunch at 12h30. It was a balmy 21 degrees, which obviously tickled James pink given he was in Quebec less than 24 hours ago in chilling cold temperatures.

I didn’t dare wear James out on his first morning here therefore at the end of our walk, he headed home, to join me later in the square, and I continued on a small exploration of a part of town I had not been in for a while. As many times as I had wandered around here I had never noticed these three lovely tiles sitting above a door of a small house that I have walked past countless times.

And then, this lovely patch of wildflowers, one of the things I love about exploring here. Colour, colour and more colour.

We had pre-ordered lunch for James and Marc, turkey stroganoff, which I had to avoid due to cream. Elsa had ‘reserved” a table for us in the sun and as it turned out our friends Gus, Susie, Marion, and David showed up which made for a lively and entertaining lunch.

Marc and I headed to Faro to collect Michel and Louise from the train and as it was “rush hour”, a complete oxymoron here…….parking was a bit of an issue. I dropped Marc off then parked and as I walked back to the “gare” I noticed these wonderful pieces of wall art…..I love the creativity.

And finally, the arrival of Michel and Louise, which is epic given the number of cancellations and changes thanks to our current reality. Finally they are here. I know we’ll have a wonderful time during their stay. They are with us for a few days then move into their own place in Olhão.

And, as Bob so eloquently said those many years ago:

Come gather ’round people, wherever you roam
And admit that the waters around you have grown
And accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone
And if your breath to you is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’

Come writers and critics who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide, the chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon, for the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who that it’s namin’
For the loser now will be later to win
‘Cause the times they are a-changin’

Come senators, congressmen, please heed the call
Don’t stand in your doorway, don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt, will be he who has stalled
‘Cause the battle outside ragin’
Will soon shake your windows and rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’

Come mothers and fathers throughout the land
And don’t criticise what you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters are beyond your command
Your old road is rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’

The line it is drawn, the curse it is cast
The slowest now, will later be fast
As the present now will later be past
The order is rapidly fadin’
And the first one now will later be last
‘Cause the times they are a-changin’

Mantenha-se seguro, pequenino.

10 thoughts on “The Times They are a Changin’

  1. Love it! The times surely are a-changin’! ‘Bob’ certainly had great insight to write those lyrics back in 1964!

    Welcome to James, Michel and Louise!! May your stay in Portugal be a grand one!


  2. Beautiful words to a beautiful song. What an insightful man to have those words mean so much through all the changing times.
    Gorgeous photos Randy


    1. Merci Maid Marion. The lyrics feel especially poignant right now, both in my world and the world at large.


  3. I miss you… so very much!
    J’ai acheté des poires portugaises, me suis fait une salade de tomates, acheté 2 toiles, suis allée marcher… Nostalgie!
    Bon séjour à James, Michel et Louise! Bisous à vous deux! I miss you two!


    1. We miss you too. Settle in slowly and drink lots of wine, it helps!


  4. What a beautiful blog on so many levels! One of my favourite songs, frighteningly so true these days. Dylan was a wise prophet, I think. Some of his lines blared! Thanks for including it in today’s blog.
    The photos of those lovely aromatic florals flood my senses with sweet memories that made me smile! So glad James, Michel and Louise all arrived safely and were greeted by your excited and happy grins! What a great time will be had by all! Wishing everyone a superb trip!
    I thought I could hear bellows of laughter around dinner today from a faraway place, a restaurant in a square perhaps, a reunion of good friends, all with a great sense of humour! LOL!!! Such fun! Please give my best to S & G and M & D!
    Perfect header photo and perfect closing one…loved both!
    Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy! xo


    1. Tanks ‘ey”! The place is certainly more lively right now. Everyone is happy to be here away from the cold temperatures.


  5. Was great to see MBB’s, even if for a short time. Please give my regards to Patricia – she is missed. Photos brill as is Marc’s exhibition. Hope to see you both soon. Sending you both Huge Hugs. XX.


    1. We were very happy to see you also. Full house right now, which we love. Thankfully we’ll have all of April alone. Hugs


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