Here we are, the entire motley crew at this point. Missing are Benoit and Diane, we met them at Ana’s for lunch. It seems that Canada is taking over Estoi!!!
I started my morning with a visit to Berlengas with Bonnie, a walk in the orchard to collect some oranges, lemons and grapefruit then we enjoyed a lovely stroll and gab up and down several of the winding farm roads nearby. There is always something wonderful to see and admire and of course as I like to say, I think our lips got as much of a workout as our legs as it was non-stop chatting.
I have yet to find the official name of these, and it’s been five years I am looking. I love not only the luscious blue but also the intricate design that Mother Nature has placed in each tiny blossom.
This marvelous bush was in full flower. The next photo will give you and indication of just how large it was.
I am here only for perspective!!! LOL
An inviting gateway to an old orchard. If you look way up in the middle you will notice a tiny patch of pink…..no look at the next photo
This lovely pink geranium was growing at the base of an old orange tree.
The neshpera, or loquats are ready to be picked. We’ll cook up a batch when we get to the farm next week ,
Not sure what this is, it isn’t wild but was in a flowerbed.
Look at the marvelous shape and design of this osteospernum
Orange poppies are finally started to show up everywhere.
Clusters of tiny plums popping out on the trees.
Part of a huge plum orchard.
Miss Bonnie enjoying the sunshine and our chatting.
Here I am at the gateway to the farm…..my first ever home in Portugal and the place we will return to next Saturday.
I wasn’t home very long when Carole et al arrived, I actually saw them as I drove into Estoi, and we all headed off to Ana’s for a marvelous lunch of bacalhau a bras. What a great introduction to Portuguese food for the new arrivals. I think we may have drank a tiny bit of vino and gotten a tiny bit loud…..forgive us Ana!!!
Walking from the house to Ana’s.
Gary and Pat looking content and joyous.
I’m not even going to try and name them all. Ana accommodated us with tables together on the patio…and the rain stayed away. A bonus.
Lots of great conversations and getting to know one another.
Here we are, I accidently cut Benoit out…..sorry Benoit!
Bacalhau a bras..one of my favourite dishes in the Algarve.
Daniel, Annie et Andre…..
By the time we got home I think we were all predisposed to a siesta but, Pat and I headed out for lovely hike up into the mountains to try and burn off lunch, well at least some of it, and get the blood flowing……….I was so incredibly happy we did this as it really wakened us up.
The clouds were ominous over the Pousada but we refused to let that deter us. And for the record, we stayed dry right till the last 5 minutes of our walk, when the skies opened!!
I loved seeing this scenario.
A lovely flowering tree on the mountain.
A wonderful day turned even more wonderful when Diane showed up and invited us all for dinner with her and Benoit!!! A great meal, fabulous company and Benoit even sang for us!!!!! What a great close to a great day.