Le changement de garde/The Changing of the Guard!

La vie est remplie de changements. Sans changements il y a stagnation. Donc nous avons besoin du changement afin d’évoluer. C’est ce que l’on dit. C’est ce que disent les sages. Certains changements sont plus faciles que d’autres. Voilà qui est certain.

Depuis que nous sommes arrivées au Portugal nous avons accueillis une grande variété de gens. Ils ou elles sont venues et sont repartis. Dans plusieurs de cas ces départs ont été déchirant à différents degrés.

Ce matin Diane et Benoit sont partis. Un vol vers Brussels puis vers Montréal. Nous sous sommes fait de bons amis en eux je crois. Ce matin il y avait quelques larmes…… Il y a deux semaines c’était au tour de Bela et Harald qui nous ont également quitter. Ils retournaient vers leur pays, l’Allemagne. Là encore il y eu déchirement du a la séparation nécessaire, il semble. Pour moi cette rencontre, particulièrement avec Bela fut « déterminante » en ce qui concerne mon évolution artistique. Bela étant artiste…..

Quelques jours plutôt c’était au tour de Andrea et Warren de nous quitter. Et avant cela Françoise. Tous les trois avaient le Canada comme destination. Là encore nous avons vécus des déchirements.

Cela pour dire que la vie nous réserve des arrivés et des départs, heureux et moins heureux.

Maintenant nous attendons Patricia Matthews et ensuite Céline et Carlo.

En attendant, demain, premier avril nous déménageons à la ferme d’oranges « Le Berlengas »! Ah! L’arôme mes orangers en fleurs nous attends……..

Merci la vie de nous faire rencontrer toutes ces personnes magnifiques. Chacune d’entre elle nous a enseigner quelque chose sur nous-même. Merci la vie !!


Safe travels Diane and Benoit…..we hope you are reading this from your hotel in Brussels.  It’s been a day of mixed feelings as the cycle of changes continues to evolve.  It’s probably a very good thing we are moving to the farm tomorrow…..we will miss this wonderful haven and our routine but hey…….I’ve always believed that change is good.


  1. Dear Marc and Randy, We are indeed reading your today’s blog from our hotel in Brussels. It has also been a day of mixed feelings for us as we are soon going to see our love ones again, but, are leaving behind a bunch of people whose company has been so dlightghtful . Lots of wonderful memories that we will cherish thinking that, maybe somehow, somewhere, we will be reunited again in a little paradise filled with angels like you. Once again, many thanks for everything and for making our stay at la Quinta so pleasant and easy. We already miss you a lot!! Big hugs and kisses from Benoit and me.


  2. Lovely blog today to see the great friendships you all developed and wonderful memories. So, changes happen tomorrow but I am sure you will develop other great experiences and memories. Gary will be able to go out each morning to pick oranges and make fresh OJ -so good! The farm is such a great relaxing spot.


    1. Hey Joannie…..yes, Gary has already mentioned his daily orange juicing and is geared up for Sunday morning! We will look forward to tranquil mornings on the patio, sipping coffee and listening to the occasional rooster! Maybe you will get to come and hang out with us yet another time?


  3. I am sure it was coincidental that you, Marc, Pat and Gary all wore blue today on your last day in Estoi. It sure didn’t appear to be a blue day! Wonderful friendships and memorable experiences to hold dear forever…your stay in Estoi certainly emphasized what a small world we live in! And how terrific people are throwing distance away!
    Looking forward to the next chapter! Hugs, Pat


    1. Was pure coincidence we all sported blue but I’d say if there was any subliminal motivation, it was the grand expanse of blue cloudless sky that was overhead……..nothing sad. Car all packed and getting nicely organized with our last breakfast here in Estoi.


  4. Oh my, all the changes in life. I guess it’s what keeps us going tho.
    I have to say that when I read part of Diane’s msg I welled up myself. ” Lots of wonderful memories that we will cherish thinking that, maybe somehow, somewhere, we will be reunited again in a little paradise filled with angels like you.” It sounds lovely yet…final. 🙂

    I hope everyone has safe travels, be it back to Canada or to the farm not far away!!



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