Postcard from Portugal (not): Part II

If things had gone to plan, we would’ve been spending a few days exploring Lisbon while celebrating my beloved husband’s birthday. This is the second time in six months, we’ve not gone to Portugal. In the past few years, we’ve tended to make a habit of going away for his birthday and have twice visited Paris, while last year we were in Palma de Mallorca.

I decided that I would try to make the preceeding weekend special by cooking some of his favourite dishes. Accordingly, I was up with the lark on Saturday morning and ventured outside of my shopping limit to visit the fishmonger. He had plenty of glistening fresh fish just none of that which my beloved’s heart really desired. Nonetheless, I purchased some and returned home. Fresh fish would make a welcome change for us both. Although our local supermarket does sell fish, it’s not of the same quality as our fishmonger.

You might be wondering why I didn’t rustle up some Portugese dishes and, I’ll be honest, it didn’t occur to me. In addition to which I’d asked my beloved what he’d wanted to eat and while I couldn’t deliver the requested dishes which’ll have to wait, he did enjoy what I produced.

I did suggest that he didn’t do any work over the weekend but my entreaties fell on deaf ears as during the lockdown my beloved has been Zooming here, there and everywhere. He’s been giving presentations on all manner of matters dental. Of course, there’s never been a better time to take good care of one’s oral hygiene, goodness knows when it’ll be safe to visit the dentist and hygienist again!

Fortunately the weather was fine over the weekend and we were able to enjoy our daily perambulations around the Domaine and appreciate an apero on the terrace. Sunday morning my beloved rode with his cycle-club buddies from the terrace on Zoom. This could become a regular feature until we’re able to get properly out and about on our bikes.

We did vow that we wouldn’t watch more television during lockdown than we do normally and, by and large, we’ve stuck to this. Of course, with no live sport to watch, there’s been a big gaping hole in our lives. Typically, we’d now be looking forward to the Giro d’Italia and the French MotoGP and praying that my beloved boys in claret and blue had gained enough points to stay in the Premiership. Consequently, we’ve dived into some box sets. But we’ve not been binging, three episodes an evening has been our limit.

Of course, we’ve been much entertained with the ingenious virtual ways people have managed to get together while being apart with pub quizzes, gaming, karaoke nights, racing on Zwift and various athletic challenges. We’ve had no need of these, our own company has (fortunately) sufficed.

This morning my beloved declared that, given the circumstances, he’d had an enjoyable pre-birthday weekend which is probably the best I could’ve hoped for!


37 Comments on “Postcard from Portugal (not): Part II

  1. I have been forced to cancel our planned visit to Lisbon in June. I have rebooked the flights for next March but even that seems rather optimistic.
    The food looks wonderful and Happy Birthday!

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  2. This brought back fond memories of our trip to Portugal (Lisbon and Porto) a couple of years ago. My wanderlust is worse than ever these days, as I’m sure yours is as well. Happy Birthday to your beloved! Alisa xx

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  3. We were also going to Portugal this year but luckily not booked anything. I also had a lockdown birthday. Not sure when we will be able to travel again

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    • I cancelled the flight and hotel at no cost, so no problem. I will not be flying anywhere for some time, probably not before 2022.


  4. I’m glad I got away to Nice for my birthday last year, won’t be going anywhere this year for sure. Food looks great Sheree! Happy Birthday to your husband!! You both seem to be doing great during the lockdown. Have a wonderful day Sheree!😃😺🌞☕☕🥳🥳

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  5. Happy Bday,,,!!! Portugal is worth waiting for, all will be back. It always has.. I will go for a Feijoada and Francesinha to go please….cheers

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  6. Please tell your husband Happy Birthday from Cynthia and me. Pictures of the food and the outdoors look great. Maybe you’ll get to Portugal next year. Bob

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  7. so sorry it is your second time not coming to my beloved hometown… anyway, it is better, for now, remain at home 🙂 all the best, PedroL

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  8. I’d like some of everything from the asparagus down!!! It looks wonderful!! I’m sure the fish was too but I don’t like fish.

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  9. Oh my what a feast and how very sweet to hear you shower such love on your beloved. I wish you both very well. What you have is rare, and I’m happy to see how much you cherish it.

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  10. Only 3 episodes per evening! Wow, you all are far more disciplined than I could dream of being aha. I’m glad you had a great time on his birthday 🎂!

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