I can hear the waves much stronger this morning, even though thereâ€™s a block of trees between me and the water. I noticed it louder in the early evening last night and then checking on Toronto news I noticed that there was an earthquake in Buffalo area, just a mild one, and there was apparently a major one in Syria and Turkey. I was telling LuÃs about it and he said that thatâ€™s why the waves were louder here. I donâ€™t know that thatâ€™s true but thereâ€™s certainly a noticeable difference today with the strength and sound. The sky is overcast almost misty, like a fog not seeing any sun but it’s early yet. The weather app shows sun all day and only up to 16Â° with a mild weather warning. Iâ€™ll just make my tea and sit here and do some work.
An hour has passed, and the sun has broken through as bright as ever but itâ€™s only 8Â° so far. Iâ€™m not ready to open the doors yet. Iâ€™m looking forward to seeing the cat again.
My plan is to maybe get up to the small fishing area today. Itâ€™s about 2 km up the road I think. Iâ€™ve been intending to do that the last couple of days but I keep getting distracted by little side paths.
Today I walked north along the Rota Vincentina. Not far north,there was another pathway going in to the coast & within a minute I got a whole different cliff view. I must admit heights make me a little nervous. It is absolutely exquisite this view. I didnâ€™t think it could get better, but Iâ€™m feeling so close to the edge it makes me nervous.
At home I donâ€™t eat breakfast other than on Saturday and I rarely do eat more than twice in a day. I feel better that way. I had decided it was better to have one good meal a day and enjoy the food while here. I am trying to keep to a budget but I also want to enjoy the Portuguese cuisine!
Today I had Octopus stew with sweet potatoes. I never would have thought of that combination. And of course a beer. It was absolutely delicious. The restaurant, O Sacas, is down at the Fishermans’ wharf, which is about 2 to 3 km north of where Iâ€™m staying. Fabulous experience! I didn’t know people eat barnacles. Really!!!
After my belly was full, I went down to see the fishing boats. Some were still out on the water working away. The fisherman leave at 6:30 in the morning. Maybe when I get a car in March I’ll go and photograph them leaving.
The walk home was slow. My legs were stiffening up. I am so out of shape. At least now that I have been here 6 days I am improving. I am a good example of someone who let my good physical condition slide downhill in the last couple of years. And after my dog , Finn died in late April last year I didn’t have a dog that needed to be walked. Use it or lose it is true!
Back home again I had no intention of going back into town. Get the fire started and keep warm for the night!