Mediterranean “Staycation” – Part 1

Today is Saint Anthony’s Day!  Apart from Christmas and Easter this is the only other religious date I remember.  Not because of religion I’m afraid, but because this is the biggest yearly event in Lisbon!  If you’ve never heard of it have a look here:  We had booked holidays, but fate decided there would be no St. Anthony’s celebrations this year for reasons we all know too well now 🙁  Never has this happened in my lifetime and I hope it never happens again.
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A Christmas Dress

A few days to Christmas now. How on earth did that happen??  It certainly felt that 2019 lived me and not the other way around.  In reality, lots happened this year and when everything happens too fast it’s easy to feel like time is flying by.  So instead of letting such feelings take over, let’s just celebrate the achievements of the year.  Key highlights for me: Continue reading “A Christmas Dress”



At some point in your life you will have only realised “what” you had from the moment you no longer had it.  If you’ve ever lived abroad, I bet this is a constant realisation, probably more predominant during the initial years following the move.  So, when something you were used to having available, suddenly is no longer as accessible, finding that something is exceptionally joyful.

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The June Skirt

Our current home went through huge renovation work before we moved in. We took some (most) of that work into “our own hands” and needless to say the initial weeks were extremely busy: stripping wallpaper, carpets, carrying waste to the recycling (you get the picture)! It was February 2015. It was cold. It was very cold! Continue reading “The June Skirt”