Whoops……forgot to post!!

Just realised I haven’t posted anything for over a week. In my defence (!!) I have less internet time now as hubby and me share the Wifi and I am on a business course at the moment as well which is absorbing what time I do have.

But enough about that, what have we been up to???

Well, last week was fairly busy for us. On Thursday we celebrated being together for 21 years (altogether now aaaahhhhhh…..). It actually felt a bit surreal if I’m honest as I just don’t feel old enough to have been with someone for 21 years. Ok, when I look in the mirror I look old enough but still it’s a long time for sure. Luckily we still seem to like being with each other even after all this time so I think we are good for a few more years yet.

It was an overcast day which meant we had more time out of the caravan than we thought (cats get too hot if we leave them too long) and so we went off in search of a nearby lake that we had been told you can windsurf on. It was only a 20 minute drive and seems ideal so on the next windy day we will be heading back there so hubby can have a play on the water. We took a packed lunch and had a walk around and it was lovely (piccies below). There were hundreds of dragonflies and as I stood watching one skimming across the water a fish literally leapt out of the water to catch it. I was dumbstruck and spent the next twenty minutes at the water’s edge oohing and aaahing as more and more fish took the the skies. Hubby wasn’t quite as quick to catch them as I was but did manage to see one!!

On the way home we had the opportunity to be good samaritans. I spotted a rabbit sat in the middle of the road. It didn’t look as though it had been squished and so after a few minutes discussion we turned the car around and came back to instigate a rescue. I managed to park the car in a nearby lay-by and then armed with some kitchen roll (me – in case I had to pick it up) and a big stick (hubby – not sure what he was going to do with that) we walked towards it. It stayed deathly still until we got level with it and then suddenly sprang into life and leapt across the road and down the grass verge. Had obviously caught sight of the large stick and decided it better move pronto! Oh well at least the thought was there so that has to count for something.

The following evening we had been invited up for diner with Siebo and Catarina. So off we toddled armed with two bottles of wine and had a very enjoyable evening chatting in mix of French, Portuguese and English. Catarina had cooked an amazing meal bearing in mind the limitations we put on ingredients!! (whoops). We met their cats (3) and dogs (2) and had a tour of their house that they had built themselves 7 years ago. They are a lovely family and really have gone out of their way to make us feel welcome here. It will be hard to leave in November.

The next morning saw us up early for the weekly shop. Getting ready to go out means rounding up the cats and making sure they are safely stored away in the caravan!! We have a little stream about 10 feet from the awning and caravan and Molly was over the other side ignoring all attempts to coerce her into coming in. After 5 minutes of futile calling I jumped across the stream to retrieve her. Hubby sensibly as it would turn out stayed on the other side. I started towards her walking through the reasonably long grass and then thankfully had the presence of mind to look down; just in time to stop myself treading on a SNAKE. Snakes are just my worst nightmare and add to that the fact I only had flip flops on and you can just imagine the scene. Much wailing, nashing of teeth and general panic ensued as I threw myself back across the stream toward hubby. He was then dispatched to collect a rather worried looking Molly whilst I had a complete panic attack. I was finally calmed down and hubby went to see if he could find the snake who of course was long gone. I tried to identify it on the internet but couldn’t so I have come to an uneasy truce and as long as it stays its side of the stream then we should be ok.

So, as you can see an eventful week that ended with a nice spot of sunbathing and a dip in the pool yesterday. Bliss……

Lake Divora – actually its a resevoir complete with dam.

Reminded me a bit of a Constable painting

Dragonfly

Me perched on the dam wall trying to look all ‘moody and atmospheric’ 🙂

And sorry, no pictures of the snake. Am going to have to get a heck of a lot braver before I can do that.

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