I keep my blog as a personal record of what I'm up to, which might be seen as working towards "An elegant sufficiency, content, retirement, rural quiet, friendship, books, ease and alternate labour, useful life"

I'm certainly not there yet.  There is quite some way to go!










Entries in Portugal (2)


Home again

and isn't it chilly?


Lisbon was lovely and we had a great time.  Totally unlike anywhere else we've been, rather quaint and ever so slightly faded in a charming kind of way.  Not Mediterranean, not Northern European either, just different. 



Today we're back home, catching up with things and getting back to work.  I'm reminded of a similarly chilly day some 24 years ago...

Happy Birthday Edward!




Hello from Lisbon, where the pavements are paved with the most beautiful patterns.  I think they look even better in the wet...



The "pasteis de nata" are the most delicious custard tarts you could imagine.  Why only two? Edward couldn't wait to get his teeth into his.  We have taken it upon ourselves to do a fair sampling of the pastries around the city - well, someone's got to do it ;-)



The "azulejas" on the front of many buildings are lovely, in a soft palette of colours.  I feel a quilt coming on...



Some streets are very steep but thankfully those black and white setts are not at all slippery



and around almost every corner there's a little yellow tram or funicular running a very efficient service.



As usual, there's some iffy artwork for sale along the streets, but it's harmless enough...



unlike the "stuff" offered for sale to Edward by this man and a couple of his colleagues.  Hmmm.


We're having a great time here, dodging showers where we can and now my suitcase has arrived, I'm in a better frame of mind too.