Another total scorcher of a day!!! And what do we do first thing in the morning………hike to the top of Cerro de São Miguel. It was on our list of things we really wanted to repeat before heading home and so now we can feel a sense of accomplishment knowing we have done it. Who cares if we are dehydrated and worn out!!!!!!
We did have bottled water with us,thank goodness. And you can see we were diligent and wore our hats!!
Succulents were in great abundance today. They seem to have cropped up absolutely everywhere there is a crack. Survivors.
Our selfie at the end of our hike………a great sense of accomplishment. We are laughing as I had to run like a bat out of hell to get in the frame before the camera took the photo!
Huge patches of wild fennel everywhere.
Yes, I was at the other end of the same patch and it was too good to pass up.
Gorgeous white thistles everywhere. The joke with this one was that when I squat down to take the photo, I sat on a purple thistle and got stung right on my ass!!!!
All the domestic honeysuckle around here is yellow and white and all the wid is purple and white????
Love these large white thistles.
Not certain what this was but there was quite a bit of it, always isolated and always off in the distance. Not in clumps.
This was quite lovely and the red you see is actually tiny tiny bugs having a feast.
Just because it looked so lovely.
Even the cistus are still hanging in there. Not as many as a few weeks ago but still….enough.
My personal photographer at work..
The prehistoric fig. This wild one is a late bloomer……no discernible figs but finally leafing out.
This is quite beautiful and regal looking. Again, single plants,no clusters of them.
Detail of the previous plant.
We had started this trek early morning, before it was overwhelmingly hot and once done we decided to head on towards São Bras de Alportel to explore part of the old town and eventually decide on lunch. Turned out to be a lovely idea as São Bras was very quiet, felt as if we had it all to ourselves.
Detail over a doorway.
Another doorway detail
Love how the exterior is frequently done totally in tile. Here are a couple we both really liked.
This rose was almost black it was so rich in colour.
Me taking a bit of a break
Isn’t this just gorgeous?
This plant comes form Africa……I forget the name but I do have it.
A wonderful discovery…….the cactus that we thought flowered only in orange turns out to come in yellow as well.
A lovely wall of roses overflowing from a garden.
I love this house, and it’s for sale. The view from the back is down a deep valley and off in the distance over the mountains. If only!!!
WE came on this massive cage…….just huge…….we could have set up house in it!!! Two gorgeous huge parrots…..seemingly very content. We chatted with them both and managed to get an Ola from them. Very curious they were.
Parrot number two.
Loved this wall painting.
Door call out to me….and this one with tiles!!
Another lovely door.
These pink and yellow roses had a soft sweet smell.
I loved this wall art.
I suspect with this intense heat, it won’t be longer before all the colour will be wilted.
Marc enjoying his outing albeit a bit too hot for him.
A lovely shot.
But I have to sit and rest my tired feet. Don’t make me walk any further!!!!!!
Loved this old empty window frame art.
Given it was getting later in the day by now, and our appetite was starting to make itself known, I had a thought. We are close to São Romão where we had a great lunch with Pat and Gary in March…..why not try to find it? And we did……and we were not disappointed……
Cold beer will make you smile like that!!!!!
Me and my “cap head”…..happy to have it off and let my head breath.
I had chicken roasted in beer
My chicken dish.
Marc enjoyed breaded turkey
WE shared a salad.
Our dinner companion!!! Yes of course we gave him a morsel AFTER we had finished our meal.
By the time we returned to the farm it was roughly 16h00 and although we enjoyed a tiny breeze in the mountains, it was non-existent here by the pool. The cool water however felt wonderful to the tired bones and brought the body temperature down considerably. All in all, we think, a marvelous day.