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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Portugal - from sunshine to showers.....

We had an incredibly restful holiday in Portugal - such a beautiful country...... 

The hotel had glorious gardens, where you could sit by little streams like this one if you wanted to get away from the noisier pool areas.... 

We did have a bit of drama - on the first evening there we were sitting out on our balcony, it was about midnight and very quiet. We had closed the sliding doors into the room - and then discovered we couldn't get back in, there was no handle on the door (I assume for security reasons). Panic stations. The place was deserted, there was nobody in the rooms on either side of us. Then I realised I had my iPad out there, so I looked up the hotel, sent them an email headed URGENT and prayed that somebody would see it. Please help, I wrote pleadingly, we are locked out on the balcony of room 08, please send someone to rescue us. 
They must check their emails regularly, because within minutes the night manager was there, trying very very hard not to laugh.........

But apart from that, and returning to the aftermath of the referendum, we had a great time. I had left a key to our house with my friend who was going to pop in and water the garden while we were away. Ha! I think she had to drain the water out of the half drowned pots, apparently we missed the monsoon. So everything had doubled in size in two weeks, the hostas were flowering......

and I found two of these wrought iron plant stands all rusty and abandoned in a far corner of the garden, I lovingly rubbed them down and repainted - looking quite good now that the flowers I planted have begun to trail over the sides.....

I'll be back tomorrow with some crafty stuff, see you then x


  1. What wonderful photos - and I love the galleon one - hope that's what it is, anyway.
    Lucky the night manager didn't take long to respond to your distress call.
    Looks like a beautiful place you went to.

  2. Hahaha Enfys that's so funny! I would have paid money to see your faces on that balcony. Sorry for laughing, but stuff like this also happens to me!

  3. Beautiful pictures, looks like a wonderful time, thank you for sharing with us!

  4. Gorgeous photos, very funny incident too! Take care love Jane x

  5. How amusing but I'm glad you didn't wait long to be rescued. Your photos are lovely x

  6. What a lovely area - the photos are fabulous. Glad you had a great time despite the balcony incident LOL.
    Toni xx

  7. Oh, Enfys, we also have funny stories about our holidays :)
    I'm glad to hear that you find my country beautiful and your holidays were restful...

  8. The Hosta's are gorgeous! Sounds like a wonderful vacation. So the guy was laughing at y'all being locked out... What were y'all doing?
    LOL! Glad you had a great vacation! Hugs Jess.

  9. So fun to read your posts. Glad you didn't get stuck out on that balcony all night. Thanks for sharing your pictures, reminds me of the Cliffs of Moher, so beautiful.

  10. With the exception of your "lock out" adventure ... it looks like you had a fabulous time on your holiday! Love all the wonderful photos, thanx for sharing a bit of your trip with us.

  11. It's always fun to start a vacation with an adventure! Glad you were able to get back into your room, although sleeping in the garden may have been nice. LOL

  12. What a Beautiful Country!! and a little giggle to go along with it....


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Enfys x