‘Those we miss you’ll surely pardon…?’
‘How many kinds of sweet flowers grow in an English Country Garden?’ Who’d have thought I’d manage to squeeze in a visit to an Open Garden on my recent UK trip! Sleightholmedale Lodge, near Kirby Moorside, had a lovely hillside location. And cake! But I stoutly resisted. ‘
As usual, Debbie has the market cornered on six words. Why not join in? Wishing you a happy Saturday!
I’m a bit of a dinosaur!
Many thanks to Leeds City Council for bringing so much pleasure to small boys and girls this summer. And to some of us oldies! Debbie’s having fun today too. Join her with six words? Happy Saturday!
The day we went to Otley!
Didn’t we have a lovely time…
It never stopped raining
But the architecture was interesting
And we found a smile or two
Into the nearest pub, who should we meet but Elvis!
They’d found a Fancy Dress shop sale, round the corner
I wanted to walk by the riverside
But we were rapidly approaching flood levels
And the trees didn’t give much shelter
But we did find some bedraggled hydrangea
What a trip! I’m back from the UK now, adjusting to Algarve temperatures. My riverside walk in Otley was a total washout, but I couldn’t stop laughing. It coincided with a day when ‘rain stopped play’ at Headingley, and folk were queuing at bus stops dressed as sharks or Batman, or whatever else took their fancy. Totally bonkers! We spent a jolly couple of hours in the pub, and dripped home.
I had a new camera and, as you may have observed, forgot to remove the date from the shots so it is indelibly printed on my mind. Another, even wetter day, was spent in a pub in Knaresborough, again in excellent company. The British fighting spirit! On my last day my phone died. Was it the weather? I am attempting to familiarise myself with a new one…. slowly!
It wasn’t all rain and we had some wonderful times, but I have far exceeded my Six Words. Lots of stories to tell. I’ll be back on Monday. Have a great weekend and make the most of your heatwave! (in Britain)
Some tasty leftovers for Brian’s birthday?
Our welcome at Casa Buonvento
An aerial view of Horta
A house sign in Calheta, Sao Jorge
Who’s got the blues?
Any guesses what’s in the basin?
Mural in Velas ferry terminal
And there’s blue in each square
Happy birthday, Brian! Sorry I couldn’t get a cake there in time. Just a few leftovers from the Azores. Debbie and Becky both have interesting resting places today. Funny how that happens sometimes? Go and recline, and have a lovely weekend!
A taste of things to come
Pico Island, and more Sáo Miguel
In Sixes and Squares, of course!
Happy Saturday to two lovely ladies, Debbie and Becky! Have a lovely weekend, all!
Azorean shades of blue, in Velas!
Across the shimmering water to Pico
Rough on the rocks
Down among the boats
A moody sky
From a height!
All’s square in love and war? Sometimes the sixes are irresistible, as are Becky’s July Squares. Wishing you all a happy weekend!
What a town! What a night!
With the long summer evenings there was plenty of time to watch the fun develop. Tavira Day 2019 was a huge success!
The display of fireworks was spectacular! And Rui Veloso held the crowd in the palm of his hands as they crooned along with him. Debbie is celebrating Summer too, over at Six Word Saturday. Why not join her? And have a great weekend!
Playing around in the salt pans
The salt pans in summer fascinate. I will mostly be posting Azores in the coming weeks, but I can’t ignore the crystalline beauty on my doorstep.
It’s party time here in the Algarve. On Monday, 24th June, it will be Tavira Day and a celebration of Sáo Joáo. There are paper flowers everywhere, and music and fireworks will fill the air. I’ll be joining in, of course. Have a great weekend! But don’t forget to play with words at Debbie’s!
Sharing a few memories with friends
The steam train at Barril
Street art in Castro Marim
Seen from the car window
A moggy in Alcoutim
And a worried Muscovy duck
Enormous apple dumplings- how could you forget Alte?
Mr. Stork goes fishing in Silves
‘I am here’!
Cacela Velha and a lovely couple
Far out at Fabrica
It was a great week, in excellent company. ‘We’ve been so many places, I can’t remember the names!’ The first was Fuseta. Click on the photos for a clue. And then pop over to Debbie with six words. She loves photos! Happy Saturday everybody…
Viva Mãe Soberana! Viva Mãe Soberana!
An emotional day in Loulé, last Sunday, celebrating the festival of Mae Soberana.
I approach the dais
As close as I can get
The arrival of the priests
The ceremony begins
Peace be with you, young Skywalker?
The scouts link hands
Hoisted onto shoulders
Down into the waiting crowd
Parading through the streets
An image for posterity
Swift stepping marching girls
Followed by the band
The Senhora arrives at the church square
The crowd look on, and cheer
Peace at last
The sun sets on the Sanctuarium
For 15 years I’ve wanted to be a part of this ceremony. The captions tell part of the story, but it’s a memory I hope will stay with me forever.
Impossible to share in Six Words, but I tried. Viva Mãe Soberana! Wishing you all a peaceful weekend.