A place to relax

I 'heart' this view!

I ‘heart’ this view!

My habitual perch

My perch in the sun!

This week, Jake was wondering if I have a place to relax.  Well, for me that can only mean one thing.  My roof terrace in the Algarve.  I’m always in the mood for a swing.

There's simple Shell Beach

And if I get tired of swinging, there’s laid back Shell Beach
Nestle down by the anchors at Barril

Or I can laze by the anchors at Barril

Or chill at the beach bar

Or maybe chill in the shade of the beach bar.

Or you can fight for beach space on Armona

I could even fight for beach space on Armona!

Abandon your kite

I’d abandon the kite

But I do get better as we approach the lovely village of Santa Luzia

And take to the water

Then it's back to the terrace for sunset

Till it’s time for sunset on the terrace

Step forward a pace and you get a "free" umbrella

Evening’s are nice and easy on the river bank.
How restful is this?

Truly, what could be more relaxing than this?

I only have to look through the albums and it’s calling me back again.  But for now I’m sharing my memories with you and Jake.

Do you have a place you go to when you need to relax, even if it’s only in your mind?



  1. I want to order a Campari with grapefruit juice with loads of ice when see this ….. promise I will meet you in the shade one day. Stunningly beautiful post, Jo. Can we go tomorrow.????

      1. It’s in a hidden meadow near a river, where I spent all of my vacations as a child. I don’t visit there much these days, but it’s where I go in my mind when I need to relax. The mountains of Slovakia are becoming a close second, however.

    1. Ventis, thank you so much for the email! 🙂 It’s totally beautiful! I will reply properly later but first I have jobs to do and then my little bit of fresh air. Molto bene. Grazie mille, cara.

    1. They’re fun, aren’t they, Elisa? It only works with some shots because you loose too much, but I like them. Hope life’s treating you well? Keep that easy breathing going through the weekend 🙂

    1. The anchors are purely decoration, Jackie, but a very distinctive feature of Barril beach, which is beautiful anyway. I really must look up the history behind them one of these days- some kind of tribute to their fishing past, I believe. 🙂

    1. Glad you like my heart, David 🙂 If I could choose, it would be Croatia, but it’s still way too early in the year if you’re going for sunshine. Sicily maybe? 🙂

  2. I know where I’ll be going from now on to relax…right here 🙂 Love the hammock seat. I can feel that gorgeous Mediterranean sea breeze even now, wafting over me…ahhh….. thank you for the respite Jo 🙂

    1. Maybe you’ll make it back there this year? I’m itching to go but we have the Polish wedding on 1st May so it won’t be for a while yet. Maybe June if I can get a decent flight price. After that it gets a bit too hot sometimes. (hard to imagine right now!) 🙂

    1. Oh dear! That bad? 😦
      Ah well, it’s Friday and you’ll be in time for this week’s photo challenge (whatever it is!)
      Have a lovely relaxing weekend. I’ve just done the food shop and the ironing. T’ai chi next 🙂

    1. I really must find out the history of those anchors, Robin. I only know that they relate to the fishing history of the place.
      You’ve got a great morning for it! Bright and crisp here. Enjoy! 🙂

    1. Ulead Photo Express. As you know, I’m not adept at tech stuff and simply crop now and again. The ‘Trim’ option gives you a variety of shapes, which I seldom use, but now and again they’re effective. I guess they’d work well for your Haiku and such? 🙂

    1. I’m not averse to a bath and a book either, Viv 🙂 That is the one down side of my Algarve home- the hot water takes forever to run, so it’s usually a shower 🙂

    1. Morning, Sonel 🙂 Does this mean you’ve had your rest from blogging and are ‘good to go’ again? I’ll pop in and see later.. Yes, it’s a lovely place and I’m missing it.

      1. Morning hon and it seems so..hahahaha. I took so many photo’s and now I have to share again. LOL! Thanks hon. 😀 *hugs*

    1. Hi Tobyo 🙂 I use Ulead Photo Express if I need to crop anything (that’s about as clever as I get) and there’s an option to play with the shapes when you trim. I only use it now and again because it takes chunks out of your photo, but it can be quite effective.

    1. The anchors are in the low lying dunes behind one of the best beaches in the Eastern Algarve, Iris. I don’t know how long they’ve been there but it’s all of the 10 years I’ve been going and more. I think it’s a tribute to the fishermen who used to work these shores in numbers. 🙂

  3. When I want to relax, I keep going back in my mind to my trip last summer through Spain and Portugal, and to my trip the year before to Greece. I think I belong on the Mediterranean. I have fond memories of your roof terrace and your hammock, Jo. Oh, how I wish I was born European. 🙂

      1. Oh boy, you’ll adopt me?? I’ll take you anytime, although we’re too close in age for you to be my mom! 🙂 Surely you’ll be booking a trip to Algarve soon…. ?? I often dwell in my memories of my trip last summer. It was really marvelous altogether. Hugs xxx

  4. I’m partial to a nice roof terrace too! I can see I’m going to have to get a swinging seat like yours, looks great. Though I might spill my drink!

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