It doesn’t take a great deal to make me happy. Blue skies and sunshine are often enough to do the trick, which is partly why I like living in Portugal so much. It’s not always lovely weather here but more often than not, it’s good enough for me.
Other little things that give me pleasure range from finding unfamiliar flowers while walking the dog to the delights of exploring Portugal with my family and friends. Prompted by Marianne’s monthly photo challenge, Simple Pleasures, I’ve put together a selection of just a few joyous moments and my favourite things about living here. Just click on an image for more information.
We often get rainbows in Moura Morta, and amazing light over the forests. This is the view from our balcony!
Mike’s holding our first ever home-grown strawberry. Our veggie patch is miniscule but we’ve had lots of tomatoes, some spring onions and some parsnips as well as the strawberries – not bad for total amateurs!
Mike rigged up a way of feeding ourselves grapes without having to change position on our new garden furniture.
I get immense pleasure from the feel and sound of crunchy, frosted mud. The frosted puddle is almost too beautiful to break but the tinkly sound it makes as it shatters, and the knowledge that tractors will drive over it later in the day are enough to make me crack it.
I’ve always loved geckos, not only because they love to eat my worst enemy, mosquitoes, but because of their rounded toes. I found this little beauty in the kitchen and rescued him from the clutches of Daisy.
When friends and family come to visit us in Portugal, it’s a perfect excuse to take them to Figueira da Foz for ginormous ice cream sundaes.
Living in Portugal means that I get to visit Lisbon fairly often. I’ve been to the castle several times with visitors simply because the views are fantastic.
One of the advantages of living in rural Portugal is that we have enough space to keep a dog. It doesn’t take much to put a smile on my face; a dog on my lap, a beer on the table and the view from my balcony does the trick quite nicely.
These gorgeous flowers grow on the hillsides around my house. Their petals are so thin and delicate, like soft crushed tissue paper, with a splash of blood for dramatic effect.
I started to like olives when I lived in Spain but they are such an integral part of eating out in Portugal that I’ve grown to love them.
River beaches are one of my favourite unexpected delights of living in central Portugal. Closer than the coast, with calmer, warmer water and beautiful scenery, what’s not to love about them?
Part of the Conejo Blanco Blog Hop involves introducing two new bloggers to you.
I’ll start with Leane Cole Photography who I’ve recently started following. Not only is her photography excellent, she also explains the editing process she’s undertaken to achieve certain images which is really useful, especially for someone like me who’s still muddling through the basics of photography and editing.
Next up is Cat Mills from Wicked and Weird Around the World. Collator of all bizarre festivals and events, she will brighten your day with global oddities.
Why I enjoy living in Moura Morta
Introducing my new favourite river beach, Ilha do Picoto in Avô
O is for olives
I is for ice cream!
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