I know it’s said that the older we get, the faster time flies but this is ridiculous. I find it impossible to believe that Françoise has already been here for 60 days and is about to head back to Canada in the morning. Here’s wishing her a safe and timely flight (s).
I took a long walk this morning in anticipation of lunch on the patio at Ana’s at 12h30. It was wonderful to see all the things that had come into bloom since the heavy rains of the past few days. I spent two wonderful hours stomping up and down various roads, pathways and a couple of mountain paths then ended my explorations by visiting the local cemetery for a few moments of tranquility before meeting the others for lunch.
So many wonderful new blooms. This tiny flower is about as big around as a penny!
I liked this headstone which had been hand carved by an individual rather than one of the larger granite companies. I thought it looked a little medieval.
I liked the different angles available through the grill.
Colour and texture both appeal to me
I liked this decoration above a village house doorway.
A banana tree flower
I liked that someone had picked all these oranges and set them aside to be collected later.
A large bed of borage.
I swear none of this was there when I walked by a couple of days ago.
Stumbled on a large cluster of daffodils
This was growing in abundance all down the side of an old country road I rambled.
In another few days this bed will have doubled in size and colour
These had also popped up all along the roadside.
And finally these pale purple periwinkle……they are almost as plentiful as the bermuda buttercups
I headed to the square for 12h30 and found Benoit and Diane already sitting there and within minutes, Marc and Françoise arrived. The special of the day was Favas with Entrecosto…Broadbeans with Pork ribs……yummy.
We enjoyed the meal, the camaraderie and the simple joy of sitting outside to share a last meal with Françoise. It did turn dark and even rained a little but we were under the patio roof so not to worry………
Ana gifted all of us with a bottle of homemade piri piri sauce made by her husband Simon….what a wonderful surprise for us
Marc, Diane and Benoit indulged and enjoyed a panna cotta.
Françoise and Diane
Another of Françoise and Diane
I took this to show the dark sky behind the white of the church. It rolled in,rained a little then left.
The Pousada which is right next door to us.
I know how to keep dry when the rain is blowing down my back!!!
My happy fella, literally, full of beans!!!
Benoit, Diane and Françoise staggering….sorry I meant to say meandering….home!
Calla Lillies in bloom around town.
A pleasantly relaxing day for all of us and especially for Françoise. She is all organized, packed and ready to start the journey home tomorrow. We’re going to miss her but will have many wonderful memories and photos to prove she was here.