Poor Gary is still quite under the weather and opted to relax at home and take care of himself. Pat, Marc and I decided to head to São Miguel and enjoy whatever pace the heat and our individual energy allowed. A lovely morning of ambling.
The sea and our tiny subdivision off in the distance. A slight haze in the air from the heat but visibility was still pretty amazing.
Patricia is responsible and brings her hiking poles to help with balance and to avoid slipping on the rocks.
We reached the top and a fellow there offered to take our photo for us. A rarity and so we took advantage of the offer.
The hills are covered in these gorgeous jonquils and the scent, totally intoxicating. You get to smell them long before you see them.
I think they are quite beautiful and the fact they grow wild all along the roads and the mountain side is pretty special.
Patricia enjoying a moment of solitude and rest while those two in the background (one of them had taken our photo for us) are actually quite far away and on the top of a water tower.
My imitation of a jonquil!!!
What goes up, does come down!!
The jack in the pulpits are nearing the end of their yearly visit but are still pretty glorious.
Marc caught this perspective on the mountain trail when he looked back. The countryside here is ever changing and it pays to look around.
Once we came down we popped into the pharmacy in Moncarapacho to pick up a bottle of industrial strength cough syrup for Gary then headed home and enjoyed a wonderful lunch on the patio in the sunshine then we all fell into various states of hypnotic relaxation. It’s so easy in this warmth, especially after a lengthy hike, to find yourself wanting to nod off a little.
Around 15h00, Patricia and I decided to walk over to Restaurante do Campo for a bica and from there we took a very spontaneous stroll into Quelfes, a few more kms up the road!
This colour of flower is very appealing to my senses. It has a richness that I find quite pleasant and unusual.
The almonds are starting to bloom. When you look around the fields you see a horizon of white and pale pink blossoms everywhere. In a few more days they will be in full glory.
I was impressed with this laundry guard dog!!!!!
Vivenda Simão in Quelfes.
Another perspective on the almond flowers.
Cioppino is a fish stew and yesterday Patricia made a large pot for our dinner this evening. It’s slowly reheating at this moment. How lucky we all are!!!!