The days are already starting to merge into each other. I have to stop and ask myself what I did just yesterday and then I have the debate in my head as to whether or not that was really ONLY yesterday!! Thank goodness I can consult with Marc. One thing is for certain, the days disappear quickly and always seem full despite not having any great accomplishments.
Our weather thus far has been exceptionally beautiful. Temperatures get up to 17 – 19 during the day and go down to around 9-11 overnight. We have noticed a few things that (hopefully) indicate a mild winter. Firstly, the storks are back already and building nests on anything high that is relatively flat…….poles, chimney’s, church steeples etc.. We’ve seen an abundance of them and that encourages me. Secondly, the normal average temperature for this area is usually around 14 – 16 and we remain well above that. Yahoo!!
This morning, once our second load of laundry was on the line, we headed our for our walk and discovered a wonderful country road/land that sort of goes partially around the town. It was great to wander, smell the amazing scent of blooming flowers and trees and avoid the traffic…..not that there is a lot of it but it is different when you aren’t having to look over your shoulder at oncoming vehicles. We also, well actually Marc did, climbed into a large field of bamboo and found us each a wonderful solid and lengthy walking stick, now the thought of the occasional stray dog doesn’t bother me and I will explore a few other paths I’ve found.
We decided it was time to head into Moncarapacho and have lunch at our favourite, Pizza and Love but sadly she was closed, as were a couple of the other restaurants we sought out. Happily the O Cortiço was open and we dined on wonderfully rich and tasty home-cooking.
One of the things that I quite appreciate about dining out here, especially given most of the places we eat tend to be simple Mom and Pop type places, is that the ingredients tend to be of the highest quality and always more than generous portions. Few, ingredients with each dish which allows you to appreciate the flavour of what you’ve ordered. We are also,after five years of coming here, still finding that prices continue to be low.
Stuffed and content we headed home to take in the laundry, enjoy our habitual afternoon tea and relax with whatever tickles each of our fancy. We were greeted at our gate by the usual suspect…….
Konrad told us today that we are welcomed to feed him, that he is not owned by he “complex” but that his presence is not a nuisance so……next time we go to the grocery we’ll pick up a bag of food………the warning was……..make sure you check the house before you leave that he hasn’t hidden under the bedclothes of elsewhere…….our goal is to keep him outside.