Not dreaming… just living!

I’m no longer living the dream, though I do still sometimes have to pinch myself. Tavira is my home. This is real life, and I’m just living. Joyful, isn’t it? Whether you intend it to or not, life does tend to settle into a pattern. At some stage of every day I’m up on my roof terrace. Sometimes pegging out washing, or just cloud gazing. Scanning the horizon to assess the weather. As the day warms up or, after a walk, with a book. Later, watering the plants and encouraging them with a few soft words.

Whenever I can I’m outdoors. This is the loveliest time of year, almond blossom caressing the trees, as the ocean caresses the beach. Fields glowing with golden oxalis, the leggy Bermuda buttercup. Yesterday I saw my first poppy of the year, a splash of crimson in amongst the yellow. Elsewhere a mare nuzzling her foal, who skittered a few steps, then subsided at her feet. We spent a glorious day around the estuary at Alvor. Families picnicked and worked together on the beach, gathering molluscs while their dogs raced excitedly back and forth. Pruning the trees is brutal here, but everywhere new life burgeons. In town the streets are quiet. A smiling welcome in restaurants is assured. Gradually folk will return. There is no hurry.

That’s a little how I feel about Still Restlessjo. More mellow? I’m not sure. But enjoying the moment, and the friends that gather around me. Making gentle plans for the future and sharing a few stories here.

100 thoughts on “Not dreaming… just living!

  1. Such a beautiful post Jo – you set a beautiful tranquil scene with your poetic writing! The photos are beautiful – Spring in the Algarve must be so lovely (I know it’s not quite there yet but on its way). Glad all is well and have a lovely weekend! xx

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  2. Just living. It’s the way of life, right? I know each time I lived abroad, no matter how exotic the place, life did settle into a routine, and just became living after a while. I’m so glad you’re enjoying your home, Jo.

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  3. There are days when we allow ourselves to slow down long enough to truly appreciate the beauty before us & the joy filling our heart with love. Sounds like you have found just that my friend.πŸ’•

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  4. It must be such a wonderful feeling to look back on the time you’ve been in your beautiful Tavira and know that you made the right decision. You have lovely patterns and I think you’ve optimized a life that contributes to your well-being. Fantastic! πŸ™‚

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    • Darn lucky, in other words, Debbie! I can never know how it would have worked out to stay in the UK but life has been very kind to us. We have met such lovely people, and things seem to be going ok for the youngsters (ha- Lisa is 51 tomorrow!). That’s more than half the battle.

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  5. …And your dream is your reality with its ups and downs, Jo! I see more ups than downs where you live and you’ve embraced it fully! I bet seeing a poppy was fun! Logn ways away for us to see any–maybe in May, LOL! I love the idea of you hanging out on your roof terrace, sounds delightful!

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    • I love that combination of sky and sea, Terri. A day isn’t complete without a trip to the roof. By May the temperatures will be starting to soar so I relish this time of the year, when I can be active. Very soon the poppies will be overwhelming those fields of yellow. I love it!

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  6. I still think you are living the dream! And those blue skies and wonderful vistas go to prove it. Time to rename the blog then. “NoMoreRestlessJo” πŸ˜†
    Just kidding, I bet you will be on your travels again before long and dreaming of pastures new.

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  7. Your contentment is something we can all envy. Even if we are content in our own lives, you’ve managed to break the pattern, take the risk and move home to another, sunnier country, and that takes guts. I’m so glad it’s worked out so well and that despite the awfulness of the last two years, that you are in a good place now. Keep smilin’.

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    • People have their reasons for not doing what we have done, Mari, and often it’s grandkids. I’m not entirely convinced that we’ve got it right. At this time of year there are lots of arrivals and the social life is wonderful. Sometimes too much so! We have been so lucky in the people we have met. Today I had a Portuguese class and then we went walking in the salinas with a couple who love bird watching. 20C. Lemon drizzle cake and a long chat afterwards. Can’t fault it, can you?

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  8. Isn’t it wonderful to enjoy the moment? And yours sounds blissful. Your descriptions are so rich, I feel I’m up with you on that rooftop. Wish I was. 😁 Enjoy all your moments living joyfully. Beautiful pics too Jo.

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  9. What a wonderful feeling! I’ve felt the same about my home in Ireland, although during the very rough 2021 I sometimes forgot about that feeling. Now I’m getting back to counting my blessings, and one of them is to see the green fields and daisies in February.
    Lovely photos from your new home!

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  10. β€œLife can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards” (according to the danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard). Our next step will be our future, always looks at the bright side of life. πŸ™‚

    Wonderful inspring captures. πŸ™‚

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  11. Beautiful photos to wake up to on a Monday morning Jo. I’m pleased to read that you now feel more settled and content living in the sunny climes of the Algarve and especially with it now being easier again to return to the U.K. to visit your family.

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  12. Such a wonderful collection of beautiful photos, Jo πŸ™‚ learning how to enjoy life takes practice. We need to cultivate a positive mindset, develop good habits, and fill our life with meaning. Still, there’s probably no better skill to practice than learning how to enjoy life to the fullest, right? Thanks for sharing and have a good day πŸ™‚ Aiva xx

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