At the Airport

Musing over my day. At around noon I could no longer stay in my house… jitters.,, so I went for a walk in the park. What a fun job, I thought as two young ladies wrangled dogs and took them for their walk.

The soon-to- be great escape

It is less fun I am sure when one doggie gives them the slip. As I sat on a bench having a little rest a cross between a border collie and a Bernese came galloping by dragging his lead and plastic handle behind him. He resisted my calls and coaxing but up ahead was the pack. They seemed very glad to see him, barking and wagging their tails. He turned out to be a tease, standing off in a snowbank while one lady held all the other leads and one offered treats. Like most of us, he surrendered his freedom for a measly reward. A little adventure for doggie today.


This cat, also on a leash, would not even deign to look at me so I went home to debate ( again!) the merits of a fleece jacket. It was 20 degrees in Lisbon today and I don’t think it will get much cooler so I ditched it.

Hours early as usual

Waiting to board and then sleep, I hope. Next stop Lisbon!

Working in San Miguel





We we are still celebrating the feast of Candalaria or Candlemas Day.  There is a big component of buying and planting flowers, trees and bushes.  The open air market is a temporary home to at least one hundred stalls.  People come in covered trucks from far away and they sleep in the trucks or in pup tents set up in the park.  The park has a basketball court where chairs are set up and various bands and dance troupes perform.  As you can see from the picture there is a big element of revering nature that goes with this feast.  The slogans on the cross as the entry-way encourage us to respect insects, water and plants.  People sell pots and garden decorations too.  These things can get pretty heavy so the solution is to have a fleet of wheelbarrows and the bigger orders can be transported to the car or home of the buyer.  I noticed quite a few kids doing this work and felt sorry they were not in school.  I was shy to ask them to pose for a photo and admit to being ashamed to have snapped this one secretly.  I certainly did not have the heart to take a picture of the three year old who begged me to buy sunflower seeds in the square a little later.  She was trailing after her sister who was about ten years old.  This was a school day.  There is not much begging.  People want to sell dolls or hats or shawls but they are easily discouraged with a simple no thanks or shake of the head.

The other fellow pictured was an adult walking eight huge dogs ranging from Dalmatians to mastiffs. I guess this is a pretty good gig.  After all it’s the same walk for all eight but I wondered who wanted such monsters.  Who wanted them but had no time to walk them?  Funny world.  I am including a really nice architectural one of a very fancy hotel.