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weeknotes, 23/24

the parents stayed with us this week! they went to the beach, cooked lots of peas and broad beans that they brought south, read kids books that we’ve been stocking for niece LJ, and we ordered a box of delicious figs to share among us.

they also brought their saw, so that we could prune our unruly olive tree. we gave it a good cut underneath, and it’s looking quite dashing now — perfect to read in its shade!

this weekend, our little ecological association participated in a local fair selling carnations to the fair visitors! i enjoyed talking to people — and the stand next to ours was from almargem, another local association that is responsible for organizing the region’s birdwatching festival, in october. we had a lot of fun geeking out with the 2 people staffing their stand, who were birdwatchers themselves and had brought a scope to the fair! plus, i sold a few carnation plants — we’re on a mission to turn tavira into “carnation town”.

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may 2024 — one second everyday

may at last!

the month of 2 weddings, one baptism, 2 weeks in the netherlands, one ear-throat infection, house guests… 😅 but also a month of tearing up at newlyweds, of many bike rides, of eating all the vla and meeting old friends, of going back to old haunts and checking out new museums, and a month with a lot of family moments in it. may, you were something else!

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april 2024 — one second everyday

so, april!

april started quietly. we set up the irrigation system in the raised bed and battled the many caterpillars that threatened our crops. we studied, birdwatched, did some crochet carnations, went to a friend’s exhibition and found clothes for the upcoming weddings (not a small task!). we also found time to hike on our anniversary! and then we went north and spent a few days kissing baby LJ’s cheeks and being charmed by her 🥰

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march 2024 — one second everyday

i’m way, way behind on these videos, but let’s catch up! here’s march:

march was the last of the quiet months — it feels like it’s been non-stop since then. in march, we hiked, watched a bunch of movies, voted, traveled to france to hug friends, got the yearly dust storm from the sahara, hosted game nights and started eating more potatoes!


weeknotes, 21-22/24

we flew back on a monday, and went straight to the hospital for the boy to have the miracle injection, which will hopefully bring everything under control. then we were off to the north again, for the second wedding of the month! my godchild daniela got married, ahead of her move to belgium, and we celebrated with lunch at her parents.

her nieces (my cousins once removed?) are the cutest kids, and we spent time drawing together. the youngest made this adorable picture of paulo:

isn’t it just the best? :D

after the celebrations, we drove south, back home, at long last. our garden in the backyard had grown so much in the last month, and there were tiny tomatoes and peas! these are sugar snap peas, and i like to eat them straight from the vine, as a crunchy snack.

the newlyweds came south with us for a week of sun in the beach, and we cooked some nice food together — including some chinese and sri lankan dishes that we hadn’t made in a long time. it required a trip to the asian supermarket all the way in albufeira, but now the kitchen is fully stocked again and ready for more exotic cooking shenanigans.

and then, out of nowhere, a big dog showed up on our street one day!

he was really huge, but so quiet and friendly that no one was scared. we called the animal services and then the GNR at their referral, and they came to check him. they read the microchip and called the owner, who quickly came to pick him up. turns out, rufus is quite fond of escaping the farm where he usually lives. he was really peaceful though, and for a moment there, made me wish we had the kind of life that can accommodate a dog — it would be nice!

when we were away, my brother and his wife spent some time in our house, and they brought one of their nieces too. the kid left one of her socks here… so i made a little parcel for her, with a story about the sock going on an adventure around the world and writing her some postcards.

that was fun! i hope life slows down a bit from here onwards, so that i can have more time for creative endeavors like these. i feel like i need a whole month of quiet days to recover from the intensity of may.