We have been enjoying the holiday season with a fervor this year!! It started with an amazing Christmas Eve thanks to Ana and Simão’s invitation to join their family festivities. What fun and what a feast. I can say that I have eaten the best prepared octopus in my life! Sweet, succulent and tender. Baked bacalhau extraordinaire! It would take up much of the blog if I was to try and describe all of food. We truly felt privileged to have been included. An evening we won’t soon forget!
In the midst of all the festivities I stole off to Faro for a few moments to collect James, who finally arrived via bus at 20h10. He too joined us at Ana and Simão’s. How he managed to stay alert until we arrived back at the quinta at 1h30 I will never know but he too had a grand time.
Christmas morning we had decided on breakfast then to head off to Armação de Pêra for the annual Santa Claus Swim. It was as much fun as years past and as it was a first for James, it was fun to watch him enjoying it as much as it was to partake in the activities.
Ana and Simão had invited us back for Christmas lunch but we were simply too tired to have been good company and enjoy the food. We headed home, James to his place for a snooze, me curled up on the couch and Marc upstairs working on a project related to his art. Finally, after a couple of hours of quiet rest, we all felt a bit more human and I set my sights on getting the turkey stuffed and in the oven.
Harald and Bela joined the three of us for dinner and a wonderful time had by all. The fire was blazing, the apartment warm and cozy. Our dinner turned out perfectly and the conversations and camaraderie, as always, very pleasurable. It all felt so effortless and enjoyable.
This morning seemed a perfect day for beach walking and with that in mind off we headed for the Faro Beach.
What a perfect morning it was for this. We relaxed on the patio at Wax for about two hours, the sun beaming down on us. The sound of the pounding surf and all the smiling people walking up and down the beach.
Once home James headed off for a snooze, he is after all still getting over jet lag. Marc headed into the kitchen and I opted to head off for a walk.
And when I arrive home, what to my wondering eyes should appear……..
And so another wonderful day slowly starts to wind down. James will be over soon, I’m pretty certain there will be a gin and tonic or port and tonic in our future then later this evening, this wonderful pie. Hope you’ve all enjoyed a wonderful few days as we have.