Sunday Post : Morning

I’m humming away to myself this morning.  But then I’m a morning person, especially if that sun comes peaking over the rooftops, calling to me.  I mean, how can it be a hardship to get up and start a brand new day?

Jakesprinter’s theme for the Sunday Post this week is Morning.  I walk through a park very like yours on Saturdays, Jake.  I don’t have time to linger on a bench, but I always smile at the swans on the peaceful lake, the dog walkers, and sometimes an early morning toddler, kicking a ball with his dad.  Very often I’ll be singing Cat Stevens’ “Morning has broken”…  that most gentle celebration of the new day.

More prosaicly, my day always starts with a cup of coffee, and a book (though these days , the laptop sometimes wins).

Sparkling grapefruit?  A bit of toast, and I’m good to go.

That doesn’t vary much, even when I’m in the Algarve, but the scenery’s a whole lot different.  Often I sit up on the rooftop, gazing out over the salt marshes to the sea.  Sometimes I do a little t’ai chi, before it gets too hot.  Then maybe a stroll down to the bakery for fresh rolls.  I can seldom resist that early morning wander through the town.  Coming along?

There’s always a church spire, whichever way you look, in Tavira.

Irresistibly I’m drawn to the river, the boats tethered securely against the tide

It’s high tide beneath the Ponte Romana

The riverside houses need a touch of paint, but no less beautiful for that.

Looking back you can almost see Anazu, our favourite cafe, just out of shot.

If I’m feeling very energetic, then maybe a climb up to the castle walls

More often it’s a stroll through the riverside gardens

Especially if the bandstand’s festooned for one of the many local festivals

In the side streets you encounter many of Tavira’s exquisite town houses

Admire the prettiest church facade in Tavira

Or loiter in the shady chapel gardens

Just time to play on the stepping stones when nobody’s looking

Then off to the bakery before they sell out! Just one quick look back.

I’m going again in a few weeks, so thank you Jake for reminding me what I’m missing.  Apologies to those of you who’ve seen some of these images already in Talking about Tavira.  I hope it’s worth a second look?

This started as a morning post and it’s teatime already!  The evening will be spent checking out the other entries in Jakesprinter’s brilliant challenge.  Click on the flying dragon logo or the links to come with me.

62 comments

    1. Thanks, Naomi. I keep trying to whittle them down but I no sooner finish one than there’s another must read. I’m deeply into historical fiction (which I haven’t read for years) by a local authoress, Philippa Gregory. She’s really got me gripped. Where would we be without books!

  1. Beautiful mornings! I can never get enough of your Tavira shots Jo! I remember some especially nice ones from your ‘picture the world’ challenge. Thanks for the link to the earlier post as well.

  2. What a beautiful walk to take in the mornings! So many different and beautiful sights to see, and to have the water right there must be wonderful. Enjoy your time back there when you return!

  3. Wonderful photos! Thanks for letting me wander with you. I used to eat grapefruit all of the time, but for some reason I stopped. Your photo made me want to start again.

  4. This is just a beautiful spot! I can see why you are counting down the days till you return! Thanks for a great post and a cool interpretation of “Morning”!

  5. When you posted this, you didn’t know the outcome of the Murray/Djokovich match. I am so thrilled Murray won. (Loved that Sean Connery was cheering him on!)
    Congratulations!!

    Great post, by the way! 🙂

    1. He finally came of age, Elisa! What a mighty battle. I’ve got it on screen now as I reply to my comments. Awesome achievement! (I should confess here that I gave up and went to bed at 1am, recording the rest. You know I couldn’t do that to Rafa)
      What a summer for British sport! Thanks for your support.

  6. Great mind do think alike – let’s say that is why we both enjoyed that same song. Although, how could one not think of that beatiful song filled with great words of hope for a new day.
    Your photo’s are fabulous. I love the bandstand / gazebo. It always reminds me of a romantic setting for weddings.
    Very nice entries …..

  7. Another morning person here. Especially in Portugal. I am not a sweet toothed person at all, but give me some Portuguese bolos and a strong dark cafe and I am a happy woman. Love your pix of Tavira, reminding me we need to go back to the Algarve too.

    1. We’ll cross over and I’ll come to Gib! Not till next year though. I’m so hoping the weather is going to hang on for me to see the Douro before we come down to the Algarve. I’ve got a couple of recommendations for eating places in Porto and can’t wait to test them out.

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