Once the business side of the trip was concluded Gill and myself set about enjoying ourselves. The weather was gorgeous although the nights were very cold. My brother-in-law David, had let us use his house at Bengado near Santa Caterina (thank you David) and we had been given the loan of a car (thank you Bill & Anita) so we were able to get out and about enabling me to show Gill some aspects of my old life.
The cast list is as follows:-
Annie Holland – Erratic writer but lovely natured, known mostly for the Stella the Stork stories and best friend to Arthur the lurcher.
Gill McEvoy – International Poet, Hawthornden Fellow and winner of the Michael Marks prize for the best poetry pamphlet The First Telling 2015. Close friend and adoptive ‘mother’ to Arthur the irascible lurcher.
Angie Pangy -Director of a Property Maintenance Company; a very dear friend of over 20 years. Partner to Jonnie and mother of River.
Carole Dwelly photographer and owner of the yacht Kariba – another dear friend of many years standing.
My Hui – Former concert violinist now working as a translator and partner of Carole.
1972 Ford Escort – abandoned into the care of Jonnie and Angie but I still love ya baby!
Spring flowers springing up!
Julia owner of the Barquina Restaurant situated at the dockside. The best food in Tavira. If you haven’t had one of Julia’s salads believe me you haven’t ever had a proper salad!
Happy memories of weekly trips into Spain for long tapas lunches – good days eh Julia?
Elizabeth (Julia’s big sister)-who does the superb serious cooking at the Barquina. A delightful lady.
One foot in South East Asia by Bill Pitcock. Bill’s book is a easy holiday read with a very relaxed style. Gill and I both thoroughly enjoyed it.
On the final evening we all met up at restaurant tucked away in the hills and had a memorable meal – one of those eating places popular in the area where you get what you are given. I thought I knew most of the Portuguese delicacies but it was the first time I had tasted pigs cheeks – they were delicious. Unfortunately the camera played up so I have no visual record of that occasion. Such a shame…
I raise a glass of ‘vinho tinto’ to everyone who made the trip so memorable and I raise a special glass to my late husband John Holland without whom I would not have had such an incredible adventurous life and would not have met these amazing people.