1. Happy Boxing Day to you Jo.
    We had a wonderful family lunch yesterday, most of the cooking by my son’s girlfriend and a nice cool 30 degrees compared to Christmas day at 40 degrees πŸ₯΅

  2. Thanks for sharing more of the beautiful lights, Jo. Just waiting for our older daughter to arrive for a short visit. Her husband can’t come unfortunately, but we’ll enjoy spending a bit of time with her.


  3. Thanks for sharing the glitter and the light, Jo. No such a thing among the cacti in the desert. I hope you had an enjoyable Christmas with cake, at least. Ours was mellow with Asian spring rolls, a bubble of friends, and a campfire under the starry sky. Happy 2021!

    1. The lights are beautiful here this year, Liesbet. I thought the councils would have economised but it did cheer people up. I wouldn’t mind a spring roll or two though πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  4. I’m glad you have the lights. Our town has put up lights in order to make up for the cancelled Christmas market. I imagined it a lot more spectacular than it worked out but I appreciate the thought. People are allowed to go out for walks, even in town, provided they are sensible – here’s to hoping!

    1. It’s the same here but they are imposing curfews around the New Year for 3 or 4 days. I do love the lights and the fireworks but in a time of hardship such as the present one I can understand economies on these things. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  5. I haven’t seen any lights this year! But then I tend to stay in after dark, so I wouldn’t notice them even if they were there. A lot of the villages cancelled lights this year to keep visitors way which seems sensible, though the rate of infection is doubling even here in cut off Cornwall. When will it ever end. No Boxing Day walk for us this year, you’d have to be quite barking to go outside today. Enjoy your sunshine. I am not in the least bit envious 😝

    1. Lovely walk with mulled wine and mince pies, Jude, and ending at our local restaurant. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Some of the councils opted to give the lights money to people who are struggling financially due to the virus. A nice idea.

      1. That is a nice idea. I wish they would do that with all the money that is wasted each year on fireworks at the new year. Every year countries have to compete in ‘being the best’.

    1. Is Boxing Day a thing in the States, Jill? I can’t remember. It doesn’t exist here in Portugal πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Your Mum looked lovely in the Christmas photo.

  6. These are beautiful Christmas decorations! I hope you had a lovely Christmas day, too, Jo. Ireland is now facing very strict new lockdown measures as the country enters a third wave of coronavirus infections. Have a good day. Aiva πŸ™‚

    1. The same in much of the UK, Aiva, and we have been allowed Christmas here but all New Year festivities are cancelled. It’s a matter of priorities, isn’t it? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  7. Very cheerful! Happy Boxing Day. It’s been a strange Christmas season, but it seems like everyone has made the best of it.

  8. I wish we had something like that here, but my town just didn’t bother this year. Individually, we did our best but I missed the communal effort. I had a quiet but very enjoyable day with my god daughter and her family yesterday, was spoiled with some lovely presents and sent home with enough food for two more days which means I don’t have to cook. I’ve had a walk already and it’s just gone noon, but a storm and some rain are promised for this afternoon so we took advantage of the early blue skies and mild weather. Now to batten down the hatches.

    1. I love the lights but I do sympathise with some of the councils here who are using the lights money to help those affected by the virus and loss of work. Lovely walk this morning with mulled wine and mince pies πŸ€—πŸ·πŸ’•

  9. Gosh. It’s hard to think of this as a Saturday. It’s just … Boxing Day. I’m guessing that in Portugal, as in France, the day after Christmas Day is not a holiday, but back to work as usual? A lovely set of festive photos. Hope you had a good day yesterday!.

    1. I know! I had to give myself a prod, especially as I was feeling a little delicate this morning. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Dancing to Maggie May at midnight, just the 2 of us. Yes, a ‘normal’ day here. Bright blue, a bit nippy, but we’re walking with a couple of friends very shortly. We always did a Boxing Day walk in the UK. Well, unless we had your weather today πŸ™‚ The day go alright for you? Lots of Zooming was my best bit.

      1. Not as bright and cheerful as that. Quiet one with us playing chess with Les once again saying with a grin, “checkmate” 😊

      2. I understand! Though a strong tendency to be stubborn, competitive and optimistic (slowly waning) gets me through to the next game! πŸ™„

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