So many changes in the past few days. Our weather is beyond amazing with cloudless blue skies, higher than usual temperatures and long hazy days. The sun is not setting now until after 20h00, which means more patio/terrace time.
I enjoyed a lovely long bike ride from home to Fuzeta then along the Ria Formosa over as far as Pinheiro as well as a nostalgic visit to our Little Beach, a place more or less hidden from the average person as it’s on the opposite side of the harbour from Fuzeta and only accessible down a very bumpy, infrequently used road.
I treated Flower to a lamb bone…..she truly didn’t know what to do with it she was so excited!!
Flocks of flamingos all throughout the salt flats.
More flamings…they shy away from the shore as I biked by and watched me with much suspicion
I love these “weeds” that grow all along the sandy beach.
An abandoned old vessel
The Little Beach with the tide in.
A cormorant drying out in the sunshine
I sweear I did not clap my hands to make them fly!!!!!!!!!!!
Just how seaworthy is the Old Patricia!!!!!!
Tiny new cactus shoots
More cactus shoots
I think these might be crab apple flowers
That evening we had Carole and Andre coming for a lamb dinner, compliments of Patricia Kean.
Once I calmed them down!!
Friends old and new.
Carole and yours truly
Andre,Pat M and Marc
Two legs of bbq’ed lamb
Delicious bean salad
pMeaeel syrup mousse with white cake compliments of Marc
What a great evening it was. We were quite stuffed and tired by the end of the night but happy as pigs in mud!!!
Sunday was market day in Estoi.
A paradise tree coming into bloom
I thought these were quite colourful and delicate looking
Stunned with possibilities
I found these shoes for Pat M but she wouldn’t bite,
This young fellow was selling snails…….lots of buyers.
I loved the look on their faces as they watched the ducks
He couldn’t resist
Periwinkles and snails
Marc and Carole comparing notes.
On the way home we stopped to visit an old friend
Pat’s surprise at the large box of fresh strawberries for 3 euros!!
Sunday evening I surprised Marc with an early birthday dinner at Ana’s in Estoi. I wanted to to this prior to our friends returning to Canada, leaving Tuesday, and Ana and Simone were kind enough to offer up their place for Sunday evening. What fun and what a great meal…………..
Heading out from home.
Pat K, Gary, Pat M and moi
Guillaume and his daughter
The birthday boy….who has his birthday on April 18th
Andre and Carole
Marco and the wonderful Ana
A great night and fun had by all. It ended with the arrival of Celine and Carlo from Ottawa……….happy and excited to be on Portugal soil…way to dark for me to take a photo but you’ll meet them next time!