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I knew at the beginning of the year that I wanted to let go of the blog. I am in a different place now and I need the space to work through a great many things. I intend to keep the archives up for a time, although I have removed the comment function.
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J xxx

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Holiday postcards: Portugal

 














We disappeared! Not far - an off season break in Portugal's Eastern Algarve. Just James and me. It was fine - everything went smoothly, the weather was mostly sunny and warm, the food was wonderful, and the people were lovely. We were in the pool every day, I read three whole books, and we caught up with some vitamin D. It was different for us, and a bit sad, but we are ok.

15 comments:

  1. Sometimes its what the soul needs. Much love from Canada.

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  2. It looks lovely and you have done a great thing taking a holiday with James, just the two of you. I havn't been as brave as that. I've taken the girls on holiday but we have stayed with friends. I think I need to do something similar. You are a source of great strength and inspiration. X

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  3. I am not sure what is more delicious, the blue of the pool or the custard tart! Looks divine. I am sure it will have done you good to soak up the sunshine. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. That looks like a peaceful getaway for you and James, and I am glad you are taking care of yourself. Your photos are beauties and show the beauty of the Algarve.

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  5. I remember the first time I took the children away after my first husband passed. It was so difficult. We went to the beach every year with a large group of people and most of them I hadn't seen since the year before, right before John had passed. The boys were sad because there were activities they did with their dad such as going to the water park for the day. This had always been my favorite day at the beach because I would jump in my car and head to the little antique stores and shops for a few hours of alone time while John and the boys spent the day together doing fun things that I didn't consider fun. Lol!! As we loaded into the car I couldn't help but feel a bit of resentment that those hours to myself were taken away. The kids were in bad moods as well, missing their dad. As I stood outside the car trying not to cry, the tiniest feather I ever saw came fluttering down in front of me. I put my hand out and it landed in my palm. It was my husband's way of saying he was still there. I still have that little feather 10 years later. No doubt your husband was right there with you both on your holiday. : ) xoxo

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  6. I am sure it would have been difficult but also good for both of you. It looks idyllic.

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  7. I hope your holiday was restorative even it was tinged with sadness. It all looks wonderful.

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  8. oh it looks beautiful-Glad you both were able to go away. I really look forward to your postings, worried that it had been a little while since you posted.

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  9. A re-grouping as it were.... it will get better in times to come even tho it will always be nostalgic. Onward and upward for the two of you. Hugs

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  10. I have been following your journey for around two years now....and I have been equally moved to tears and laughter. I pray you find peace and comfort after hardship. Thank you for sharing a beautiful example of a life (lives?) well lived. You are included in our prayers, and thought of fondly and often. Take care and well done!

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  11. Glad to hear you're well and enjoying some time off and away, take care x

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  12. soaking up a good dose of vitamin D is always a good thing...so glad you got away for a bit and enjoyed the down days (three books?! -- wow!). My eldest daughter is at the beginnings of a three year stint in Edinburgh, and she's nervous about the darkness of the days to come this winter. I brief holiday might be just what she needs come December or January. Prayers for you and your son as you continue to navigate your new normal. God be with you!
    xo Lisa

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    1. Thank you Lisa. I hope your daughter enjoys her time in Edinburgh - it is a city I know well, having grown up 15 miles away. My family all live in and around, so we visit often, the trick to surviving winter in Scotland is to get outside during the day - a lunchtime stroll - weekend walks - as much as possible. Xxx

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  13. Good for you both to take that step. I hope the happy memories of the sunshine will keep you warm over the winter. Lovely story above about the feather floating down...

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  14. of course you would be sad!! But I love that you did it anyways and you were with James together forging a new path for the two of you. Glad you had a break and time away!!

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