holiday blog

While we were in Portugal I made these notes on my phone. Reading them, you’d thikn I didn’t have that good a time. Be reassured that I did!

Disasters on the way here- Jude leaves everyone’s passports on the plane, then the buggy fails to turn up. The directions to the villa are a wrong and we can’t get the villa keys out of the safe at the management company office because the reset button is stuck. There are MA JOR roadworks throughout Vale do Lobo which mean that we walk to the beach through a building site. The beach is fab though and the kids love it – predictably Lily’s favourite seems to be chasing waves. She refuses to wear armbands though so we’re a bit worried about small children being washed away.

The villa once we got into it is also fab, although more for the location and outside space than for the decor. It appears be the nature of the beast that rental villas in Portugal have a dusty 1970s feel to the decor. This one is being used to house the owner’s collection of Japanese art.

We arrived on Sunday. Then on Monday Joel showed his first chicken pox blister. He is now suffering from a raging, really itchy case with big spots in his hair & it keeps waking him up.

I drove myself over to the golf centre this morning for a pedicure – it was nice to have a couple of hours off and now I’ve got “blootiful” pink toenails – Lily was most concerned that it would wash off in the pool.

Steve and I went to the golf centre to spikes restaurant for dinner the other night. The food was fabulous, but we were the only people in the restaurant. Happily I was too drunk to care by the time we sat down for dinner – I had foie gras with smoked duck and Steve had salmon and scallops deep fried in filo pastry, then I had some sea bream and Steve had monkfish & prawn risotto. For afters we had the same desserts as we had when we came in Sept – orange & chocolate creme brulee and Steve, Nougat ice cream. The pimms and Cuba libre I had beforehand helped it all to slip down quite nicely.

On Tuesday. At the Parrot cafe by the beach, Steve dropped his wedding ring down a crack in the decking. There was all kinds of litter down there but thankfully one of the waiters was able tv reach it without having to raise any of the boards. Yet again, Steve manages to get away with toying carelessly with his ring!