This weekend is all about being social as we have either been entertaining, or being entertained!!
Last night we had Gwen in for a special birthday celebration as today, Sunday February 5th, is officially her big day…….Happy Birthday Gwen.
We have been invited out for dinner this evening, thank you to Benoit and Diane, and we even had to turn down an invitation to lunch today due to eating and drinking overload…..thank you Konrad and Ewald.
With all of this socializing, we’ve opted to have a couple of quiet days just wandering around Estoi, relaxing with reading and electronics and just each others company. Yesterday we headed out for a walk, decided to stop for lunch then onward for another walk culminating in a lovely visit with Ana, a bica and then home.
If I didn’t know better I’d say that Marc and Françoise are starting to enjoy exercising!!!!
These beautiful Periwinkles are popping up everywhere this past 48 hours. They have two different kinds here, the Intermediate and the Greater Periwinkle.
Delicate and colourful with such a lovely pinwheel shape.
Calla Lilly is growing in abundance and is bursting into bloom in my gardens
We decided to stop into Cantinho da Lili’s Bar and Restaurant for lunch as we were in that part of town and hungry….we were the only non-Portuguese in sight.
Lili and Françoise
Françoise enjoyed grilled Bacalhau
Marc had Frango
I enjoyed secretos de porco, which is a piece of pork meat that hides inside the fat bacon, known as the bacon blanket, between the first and second layers. Very tasty
From there…..stuffed and needing to move a bit…..we headed on for an additional jaunt up through the village, stopping for photos and eventually a visit with Ana, before heading home.
As many times as I have walked this route, today is the first time I noticed this windmill!
I love these tiny flowers, which I think is a type of valerian
This gorgeous orangey red succulent caught my eye on top of a fence.
Elsa, Françoise, Ana and Marc…..we always enjoy our time spent at Ana’s restaurant on the Church Square.
These two little boys were so cute. They were racing up and down the steps but counting to get a head start…….uma……….doosh…..which I think was a combination of Portuguese and English….followed by “tree” then they would giggle and race each other to the bottom or top!! They happily posed for me.
The “boys” gathered outside one of the local bar/coffe shops…..so much laughter and enjoyment from them whenever they congregate here.
Posing for me so I can capture the Pousada in the background.
This stork has nested just “downthe road” on top of a local chimney.
The balance of our day was in preparation for Gwen’s birthday dinner………and what a fun evening we enjoyed together……..way past our bedtime!!
Waiting for the guest of honour to arrive.
A lovely fire to take the humidity away and create an ambience for the fete!