Living the dream

It was an emotional rollercoaster, that first year. How did I end up here? Let me remind you of the story so far.

Three months on….

The beauty of the salinas in late Spring

Six months on…

The drama of shadows in strong sunlight

A year on…

Who’d have thought the prickly pear could be so pretty?

When living the dream goes pear-shaped

Subtle, but interesting

The dream was given a good hard shake. I’m still here, in the Algarve, but with a few more doubts.

10 thoughts on “Living the dream

  1. I’ve found you again. I used to get an email each time you posted but they stopped when you changed your blog and although I’d seen a couple of posts I’ve missed all the others. I’ve just spend an enjoyable hour or so reading all your blogs that I’ve missed but there’s nowhere there to comment. I take it that’s deliberate? I wanted to praise the photography (I have a feeling you’ve been working on this as I see a vast difference in some of these photographs and your earlier ones. The colours are more vibrant and the composition definitely more professional. Loved them all, and also your layout. Now that takes time. I love how your reflections on the move are ambiguous (not sure if ambiguous is the word I’m looking for here but you know what I mean). I can imagine how the pull of both places can make a wee bit of heartache. Nick wanted to move to Spain many years ago but I wouldn’t agree, a) because I felt if we did that we’d never go anywhere else and b) because I felt I couldn’t risk the good life we had together in the UK for the possible good/better life in the sunshine. Then when he died I had a similar decision to make, stay on here where I had friends or move to another place with more life and culture but fewer friends. I still don’t know if I made the right decision, possibly not as 4 of my friends have died in the past 2 years, two have left to live with family on the mainland and one is mainly housebound. I’m the oldest one of our group, but the fittest, but I can’t drive any more so life can be tedious. Still, let’s not worry about small things, life is still good.
    I shall have to use the Reader more often, I’m too inclined to rely on emails from WP letting me know when an post is up.

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    • So lovely to hear from you, Mari! I’ve been following your posts and never knew whether I should leave links back to mine, as we all know how unreliable WP can be. All of the posts have a comment box, Mari, so perhaps you’ve not visited the individual posts. It really doesn’t matter because I’m so glad to have you here.
      I never am sure that I’ve done the right thing, either in moving abroad or starting a new blog. The world is still out there but somehow we seem less inclined to explore it since we moved here so you were probably right on that score. The initial idea was to see much more of Portugal, but even that stalled with Covid. I’m currently planning a trip to Braga and the north next Easter, and would love to get back to the Azores. Beyond that I’m not desperate to see Europe because getting back to the UK is paramount, and getting more difficult all the time. As you say, life is good. The alternative, maybe not… Take good care of yourself. I’ll be around.

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  2. Yes, friends you’ve known from youth, or even early married life, can’t be replaced. I think a lot of us have learned these lessons through Covid, and learned to appreciate family more as well. It is so difficult to follow the dream these days in the face of some faceless thing that can come along to destroy that dream.

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  3. sorry, one more thought! We also have our daughter to consider. She had said that she might be moving to California next year. So I thought, well, she’s moving anyway, we may as well move too……yea, so many things to consider. At this moment in time, I don’t see us moving to Spain. I guess we’ll see what the next year brings. We’re definitely going to make a trip after I retire next spring and I can’t wait!!

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    • I thought people were moving away from California and that there are a number of problems there, but it’s a different world if you’re young and you go where the work is. Good luck with your decision, whatever you choose. 🤗💕

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  4. ah, why didn’t I see this last night? I was probably too tired. anyhoo, I read through your posts here and boy can I relate! Not to the moving abroad but the feelings that you shared, that pit in your stomach. I picture myself having that pit in my stomach and it really scares me 😦 I didn’t build up friendships for 15 years like you did and I hardly know anyone. There was a man I had befriended on TripAdvisor but he died this year 😦 I have another blogging friend but she lives in Madrid. It’s so much farther for me to move to Spain and then we have our cat which further complicates things. We keep going back and forth between either moving or staying here and then just go to Spain for three months during the winter(and bring our cat with us?). And do that for as long as we can? Hire our neighbor to remove the snow from our roof and make sure our pipes don’t burst? So many questions…….For you, I wonder if the pandemic hadn’t separated you from your family, would you feel differently? So many things to consider……we’ve had this dream for so long and now that the time is upon us, we’re just not sure.

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    • Certainly Covid has changed my outlook. Not only that but Brexit too. We made so many friends through our walking community and feel lucky that we did because group activities need much more care and caution now. We have lovely neighbours but friends you have known from your youth can’t be replaced, Toby. The Algarve has given us a wonderful lifestyle but most people we know still have a place ‘back home’. I can’t remember where in Spain your place is but it’s certainly a long way from the States. I have some lovely American friends too 🤗💕

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      • We don’t have a place in Spain but we’re in love with Malaga and that’s where we thought we wanted to retire. Definitely a long way from here! My friends from my youth are scattered but I do have a few close friends here that I would definitely miss. So much to consider……I said that already didn’t I? 😁

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