Once again my heart is warmed by how generous the Portuguese are. Within a day of getting to Portugal my parents had their neighbours popping by and welcoming them back. They brought fruit and veg around, such as these oranges:
These were promptly squeezed into orange juice! Mmmm!
One of our closest neighbours, Amelia, made a beautiful table decoration for us. The Portuguese are very famous for their embroidery and there’s actually a place in Peniche, a seaside city on the Silver Coast, where you can watch people making embroidery behind a huge glass window. It’s like a living history museum.
When we first met Amelia, three or so years ago, she didn’t speak a word of English and my parents only knew some Portuguese pleasantries, but her and my parents still managed to understand each other. This year she told us that she’s actually learning English just so that she can talk to us, which we’ve told her is the wrong way around because my parents are supposed to be learning more Portuguese!
He looks like a dead dog in this picture but he actually enjoys the attention so much that he falls asleep and starts snoring. With his heavy coat off he’s like a young dog again, but he’ll never learn to not fall asleep in the baking sun:
Gardening has been Mum’s main focus for the past few days. She’s very keen to bring the garden and the living space back to life. When they left last year it was so beautiful and this year it will be beautiful again! Here’s last year:
She also made a trip to the garden centre, which turned into a bi-weekly outing last year, and the shop owner was so pleased to see her that she took Mum by the hand and lead her to this plant, she told her that must buy this plant because it is ‘magnífico’! Needless to say, she did!
The jasmine plant is also budding:
The first week back in Portugal has certainly been a hot one. They’ve seen the temperatures soar up to 30c and my parents have been able to sit outside well after sunset. After a long Winter in England they have quickly settled back into living their Portuguese dream.