And So The Time Has Arrived…

Tomorrow we take the train to Lisboa and, as long as things remain as expected, our flight to Toronto on Monday at 11h15.  We have heavy hearts today, not only because we are leaving this place we love so much and heading back to Canada five weeks sooner than expected but also because we feel safe here and we are leaving the safety of this place and heading out into the business of chaos and risk.  It’s just a bit unsettling.

In any case, the boxes and suitcases are packed and we are well organized for returning the car then catching the train.  It won’t be a rushed day as the train doesn’t leave until 14h15.

I enjoyed one final walkabout this morning, camera in hand.  I discovered we have new neighbours!!!!

I’ve never seen cows here in Estoi before, which made this quite a surprise.   As always, the wildflowers give me such pleasure.  It was a delight to see so many poppies since our rain this week.  One day they aren’t there and the next they are tall in the air dancing around!

The sky was crystal clear down over Faro and Olhão, so clear you could see the shimmer on the sea.   I took this with my zoom but keep in mind, this is about 10 km from here.

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Pat and Gary, who have also been self-isolating, invited the three of us over for a goodbye lunch, which was such a welcome diversion.  A great meal on their terrace followed by two rousing games of Dixit…….followed by a marvellous walk along an old isolated country road.    Pat and Gary also have new neighbours.

And here we sit, lovely jazz music in the background, a small ambient fire in the woodstove,  each of us engrossed in our own final activity of the evening and trying not to focus on what tomorrow might really bring.

Till the next time.

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22 thoughts on “And So The Time Has Arrived…

  1. Anne Marie Dalton March 21, 2020 — 9:19 pm

    Will miss you blog. Be careful in travelling. Wishing you the best. Happy to have met you and hope we will meet up again ..in Portugal.

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    1. Thanks Anne Marie…….I do hope we can share an adventure or two on Portuguese soil. Stay safe.

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  2. Safe journey back. Take good care. Thank you all the wonderful moments you both shared. Your lives are so rick and full. I feel privileged to have shared a little of it. Blessings.

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    1. Thanks Colleen…….I love that you followed along. You take care.

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  3. Safe travels Randy and Marc….you are fortunate you have each other to curl up with and I’m sure friends to get you started on supplies.. just stay safe❤️

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    1. We will be staying with Laurie in Cambridge for our 14 day isolation as we three fly back from here together and our car is parked at her place. You too, stay safe.

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  4. Belle photo de Marc 💕Le Canada est en bonne santé, toute chose étant égale. Malgré le froid qui persiste un peu, vous serez en sécurité ici. Et nous, et bien nous serons heureux de vous avoir de nouveau parmi nous. À très bientôt. J’espère que votre retour se fera sans trop de soucis. xox

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  5. Safe travels to all & hope your flight gets out. It is a different time that is foreign to all of us. So, we are all trying to self isolate with hopes that it doesn’t last too long. Stay safe my friends!

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  6. Thanks for the memories. I will miss your adventures, your detailed stories and those beautiful pictures. You have given me a taste of Portugal that I would never have found. Safe travels to you and Marc. Hope our paths will cross some time this year. Hug

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    1. Thanks Maid Marion. I am delighted that you enjoyed my blog. I too would love it if our paths crossed.

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  7. Thanks for sharing your adventures and look forward to next years. Stay safe travelling, it definitely is a changed world but this too shall pass. Great photo of Marc!

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    1. Thanks Debbie. I look forward to writing next years blog! You too, stay safe.

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  8. Have a good and safe trip my friends. I look forward to seeing you again in Canada, hopefully soon. Will miss your blog as well. Love and big hugs.

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    1. You too mon amie. We will be sending you positive vibes for your journey next Thursday and Friday. See you on the other side. Love and hugs to you

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  9. Hello my friends, safe travels..thank you for the final photos of estoi…heartwarming…i wish you well on the trip home…and will be thinking of…let me know how you do..
    I am sitting here in lovely Perth, Australia on a sunny day…but I , too will be flying home on March 30….hopefully…take care my friends. See you in Ottawa.

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    1. Safe travels to you Beth. Stay in touch and we look forward to our eventual reunion in Ottawa.

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  10. Safe trip home all. It’s been a marvellous adventure. Thanks for all the posts and pics.

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    1. Thinking of you two today. Safe travels.

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  11. I am so sorry to see you leave! I will miss reading about hikes and meals and seeing all those wonderful photos of flowers and the countryside. Well if this mess can finish we shall see you in person when everything is green here! Have a good flight!

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    1. Merci mon amie. We are sad to be heading off and now that it’s happening, anxious to have it behind us. Stay safe and see you soon.

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