Thursday, 28 January 2016


Sometime ago I started writing about my memories. I have mentioned  before that we were a very happy and close family or so I  thought, everything went wrong since my dear sister Dulce left us, it left a great void in my life even after 10 years I still feel this great loss.

Then for no reason that I know of my other sister distanced herself from me and it left me empty with so much sorrow that at times it was so hard to bear.
She comes to the Homeland on holiday like us and stays up the road from me and everyday comes down with her husband and they walk on the promenade, but not once does she knock on my door to say hi or such like.

Last week we went to my cousins funeral and there she was, we talked no problem there, so I said on the 13 of Feb the family are coming for lunch at mine I would like you both to come she looks at me and says, will see, what kind of answer is that.... Well we certainly will see I have a feeling that she won't come. What has happened to my family....where have they gone? Thank goodness I have the rest of my family...

Thursday, 14 January 2016


Today my walk was done right here....One doesn't have to go very far for the views, being surrounded by water wherever you go the views are always amazing, either the sun coming up or the ships going by, the sheer drops of the cliffs, and of course the flora.

Today i took it easy just went for a stroll round the corner and of course the sun was trying to break through the clouds..... so I just sat on a rock and waited it was so relaxing just listening to waves breaking against the rocks, at eight in the morning its just getting light and it feels so magical all around me all you can hear is the sea and the seagulls.

And the magic happens..... the sun breaks through in all its splendor it looks as if its coming out of the water, and I seat there and wait until its up high one feels so blessed .....

Monday, 11 January 2016


Yesterday I did the walk in Machico, we walked along the levadas beautiful scenery the only thing that I have to complain if I wanted to, is not many stops to admire the views.
I would've liked to take the pace a little slower to be able to take it all in, I still managed to take some lovely pictures.

We walked 12 kilometers in total, my feet was throbbing but I would have done it all again.... Its a shame that I have discovered my Madeira this late, but thank goodness that I have now, and am willing to go the distance.

Thursday, 7 January 2016


As you must have gathered at the moment I am away, and my walks and the scenery are very different, the weather here has been warm and hot at times.
One of the reasons why I don't come to Madeira in the summer is the heat, I just cannot cope with it specially when one has the inner heat to contend with...

Anyway winter is the best time for me temperature is just wright, one has the best of both worlds spend January and February in the old Homeland, then go back home early March just in time to sow my seedlings and plant the veggies, and that way one does not have to bother anyone about watering the garden.

On Sunday I'll be doing one of the levadas walks am really looking forward to the walk, last time I was here I managed to do two walks, loved every single minute... am hoping to do another one in Feb too.  


Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Walking the Essex Way

Paula and I have been walking in our surrounding countryside for twenty years.... We have gone through five pairs of walking boots.
We are early birds, and the best time for witnessing the countryside awakening and see the seasons unfurl right before our eyes.

It has been an amazing journey we have crawled through the undergrowth, walked through brambles and nettles, I have come home scratched and stinging from nettles. but always looking forward to the next day and the next adventure as my walking partner likes to call it....

We have taken so many pictures and it doesn't mater how many times we go walking even if its the same route we always find something different to photograph and admire, It has been an amazing time of my life, thank you Paula for your company and you my friends for your lovely comments.
Here are some of my pictures through the seasons..