Sunday, March 30th, 2014


A rainy day means the travel scrabble comes out. So far two to one for me. We don’t have internet in our room, so if a word is challenged, we just can’t use it. We’re not usually this agreeable, especially me, as I like to win, but then I read these words yesterday..(next photo)..


So I end today’s blog with these words to reflect on.

Saturday, March 29th, 2014


Left beautiful Lagos to return our rental car to Faro. Near Portimao we drove over this dramatic bridge.


In Faro we went for a mini tour of Ria Formosa, an ecological reserve of bird wildlife..many tiny islands, scrubby low growth. We saw storks, egrets, herons.


Poor Frank..the rain came just as he had predicted and to whose prediction I wouldn’t listen. The challenges of travelling together.
But then the sun came out and we explored the city, before heading “home”.



Friday, March 28th, 2014


We drove to beautiful Lagos today, where we walked and explored all day..amazing beaches and hiking paths in the cliffs above them.


Once we left the beaches, we walked the city, pausing only to eat.


To still another beach for sunset..this one had surfers, others had paddle boarders.


After all this sun, on a day that called for thunder and lightening, we stayed over in a hotel room with WiFi.. What a treat, matching the rest of the day.

Thursday, March 27th. 2014


We have a cool grey day here today..something about the weather in N.S. Pushing towards us…rain expected for the next five days afterwards. Hope the weather predictions are as poor here as at home. So I thought I’d post a grey picture. This is the typical sidewalk and road here..cobblestones, tricky to walk on, slippery even when not wet, but so sturdy. It helps that there is no frost causing upheavals as on our roads. Really enchanting but you couldn’t wear heals and my clogs wobble over them. So ancient and still used for new surfaces too.


Fishermen fish regardless of the weather. Interesting that we live on a fishing shore and are staying in a fishing village. Makes the world feel still smaller.

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014


The new man in my life. What a brute ..


We went exploring further up the coast to Albuferia ..wonderful beaches, great rock formations, but I have my eye on dogs lately 😦. There’s going to be trouble if this dog is one of the strays that hang about. Does he smell dinner cooking?

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014


We’ve rented a car for this week to do some exploring. It’s a good way to have the time to talk about and miss Daisy, but also distract ourselves. Here Frank popped out of the car to buy freshly picked oranges. Later we made fresh juice out of some. If you don’t eat the meat and fish in a place, you can still enjoy the fresh oranges and olives . Like when life hands you lemons, make lemonade.


The history here is of Moors ruling the land from about 700 A.D. to 1200 then the Christians taking so many forts, ancient churches, castles. I love the spring blooming trees amidst all this antiquity. You can take the gardener away from home, but you can’t take her away from what she loves.


Monday, March 24th, 2014


Daisy didn’t make it after all. I love this image of her just being “crazy Daisy”. Our house won’t be the same without her. She greeted everyone with a good lean into them demanding her petting. I’ll take her lesson to heart, and let everyone who comes to our door, know how much I care for them. There was a poster I once saw that started with “Everything I know I learned from my dog” and then listed the life lessons. So thank you Daisy, for your lesson.

Sunday, March 23re, 2014


It looks good, and blogs or Facebook can do that and do do that. A picture of tears or a sad face or a frown don’t make the cut. Us getting cold within a few moments of this photo doesn’t show up here…the “real” stuff often hides from view. But it was a good day, as Daisy is eating and drinking at the vet’s so things seem to look great for her. Thank you for the concern.

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014


Beach day, and indoor pool later. Some brave souls swimming in the outdoor pools but not us. The beach was deserted! So quiet, calm ocean..we needed calm.


Frank was proud of the “nest” he created for us to be out of the wind.
Still so odd to be here when our lives are there. Maybe it takes doing this each year to get used to it, but the kids have left home but the dog’s not dead.

Friday, March 21st, 2014


We took a train to the border town of Villa Real, looked about, then took the ferry to Spain. Here we’re waiting for the ferry. The trip is like going from Dartmouth to Halifax, but it takes you to another country..Spain.


This was on the wall of the ferry terminal. We’ve seen some unusual translations. Frank had to actually tell me this one meant don’t use big bills. Duh me.


This was in Ayamonte, Spain, but could be anywhere, and is universally appealing.
While we were out, and late into our evening back “home”, we were also making the decisions no one has to about their pet, but with our ultimate decision leading to Daisy having a bowel resection surgery after she had eaten something that lodged in her bowel and destroyed a section of it. For all of you who can get pet insurance, do so ASP. We don’t have it, but touch wood if all goes well, we still have Daisy, if no future holidays.