The wanderers return…

I start with profound apologies for the long gap in postings, a result of Mike and I taking a wonderful 10 day break in sunny Madeira.  We tried to keep it a bit quiet before we left, just in case people rushed to take advantage of our absence and visit the café whilst we were away, which would have added to the workload for Jane, Philly and Hugo…or at least that’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it!

So I hope this post won’t disappoint, being very little to do with our restoration work and more to do with sharing the delights of a little R&R.  In no particular order, we thought we would show you a small selection of our holiday pics.  To set the scene, we left the UK at stupid-o’clock on an icy morning, and arrived in Madeira around 12 noon to this:

View of the island taken from the car hire building
View of the island taken from the car hire building

and later that afternoon, I withdrew to the shade as I could feel my skin telling me it was too hot, even in early February.  I did warn Mike, who didn’t believe me, but I’m not sure the world is ready for the humorous shot of his legs burnt on one side only.

Carrie cowering on the balcony
Cowering on our apartment balcony

We did a lot of sleeping and reading, with the occasional bit of walking…

The view from the crazy golf course
The view from the crazy golf course

and garden visiting, naturally

Carrie in the Palheiro gardens, admiring the flora...
Carrie in the Palheiro gardens, admiring the flora…

 

...and Mike trying to remember one of the name labels
…and Mike trying to remember one of the name labels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and also

Just for a change, a shot of Mike in the Botanic Gardens of Madeira
Just for a change of activity, a shot of Mike in the Botanic Gardens of Madeira

 

A couple of wrinklies, trying to work out this modern phenomenon of selfies....
A shot of a couple of wrinklies, trying to work out how this modern phenomenon of selfies works….

 

On a more conventional note, I offer you a lovely seascape

View from over Mike's shoulder when we stopped for lunch
View from over Mike’s shoulder when we stopped for lunch

along with a picture of Mike at the restaurant, who marked his latest birthday whilst we were away but doesn’t appear to have suffered unduly

Mike anticipating the arrival of food (it was gone 1pm you know...)
Mike anticipating the arrival of food (it was gone 1pm you know…)

To show it wasn’t all beer and skittles

Also showing the view from our balcony
Showing the view from our balcony on a less sunny day (although this was the afternoon of the day we sat at the restaurant)

 

Anyway, enough of our holiday.

We got back late last Thursday.  On Saturday, we held our second quiz night which we hope was enjoyed by all.  During Friday and Saturday, Mike and I completed laying the slate chippings on the labyrinth, which is now finished, with only the access path to complete:

view of the labyrinth, showing the first small patch of landscape gardening in place
View of the finished labyrinth along with the first small patch of garden landscaping in place

Hope to have more refurbishment news in the next day or so.