“My dear ladies and occasional gentleman, Ronald and I are enjoying a few days away in a COTTAGE in CORNWALL.
It is EL SCORCHIO! Aren’t we lucky to have such gorgeous weather?
We are taking full advantage of our heated SWIMMING POOL then lounging in the sun to dry off.
Had a bit of bother with Ronald he will insist on STRIPPING OFF his swim shorts when leaving the pool area and drying himself off whilst standing on the lawn.
What’s wrong with that you may well ask, the problem is there a quite a few SQUIRRELS.
One BOLD little chap clearly entranced with the sight, GLEEFULLY bounded at a pace straight for what he thought was a BANQUET of NUTS!
I don’t think he’d ever been TAKEN OUT with an INFLATABLE FLAMINGO before!
MELLOW LELLO, my dear ladies and occasional gentleman is just the right phrase.
Livraria Lello is the correct name for this wonderful bookshop.
If you are ever in PORTO, do take the time for a visit, it is well worth it.
However my dears, I would advise that you visit before partaking of any ALCOHOLIC BEVERIDGES.
The surreal staircases (think Harry Potter) are not to be tackled after imbibing LIQUID REFRESHMENTS.
I managed to ascend the first flight but on reaching that first SUMMIT. and having to decide to either turn left or right for the next flight, (I’m sure those stairs were moving) I FROZE.
Ronald who had already reached the top luckily peered over the balcony and spotted me on HANDS and KNEES, completely BLOCKING the stairs with a waiting group of camera snapping JAPANESE tourists behind me.
The only way was up and with Ronald’s support and eyes closed I made it.
I don’t think I can put all the blame on the PORT, I am just not very good with heights.
p.s. Thank you to all my dear ladies and occasional gentleman who have purchased my new book.
My dear ladies and occasional gentleman, if you consider a little SOJOURN to OPORTO, you might consider a stay in the OPORTO COSY.
Built in the 190o’s it retains many original features, the optional breakfast is more than enough to keep you going through the day. Tea, coffee and wine can be served in your room but the best part of the GUESTHOUSE is the warm welcome and the service.
It is also great value for money.
Oporto is built on a hill running down to the river. The position of the guesthouse towards the top has a big ADVANTAGE, it means you can enjoy your, FOOD, WINE & PORT then WALK it off on the way back.
p.s. LUCKY ESCAPE, my dear ladies and occasional gentleman in the NEWS today was a story about a poor LADY who tried to drink her MINIATURE BOTTLE of VODKA on an EASY JET FLIGHT.
The flight attendants told her that she couldn’t drink it and even called the POLICE and asked for her to be ARRESTED.
Thank goodness the police had more sense and REFUSED.
I’m thinking that VERONICA and I were very LUCKY not to be ARRESTED when she FILLED Her WATER BOTTLE with VODKA & TONIC and I filled mine with GIN & TONIC and we took them on our FLIGHT to MORROCCO.
PLEASING PORTO PLACES.
Yes my dear ladies and occasional gentleman OPORTO is WELL WORTH a visit. There certainly were some lovely and interesting buildings.
And the best bit you can WALK to most of them.
That means you can soak up the ATMOSPHERE and you don’t miss anything.
I lost Ronald for a moment, he was checking what was on at the CINEMA.
ORANGE FOOD MY DEAR LADIES AND OCCASIONAL GENTLEMAN? You may well ask.
They have an awful lot of orange food in PORTO.
SAO BENTO STATION, my dear ladies and occasional gentleman with its ART DECO tiles.
Isn’t it ASTONISHING?
Who on earth thought it was OK to put a WEIGHING MACHINE in PUBLIC VIEW!
My dear ladies and occasional gentleman, here is Ronald and me enjoying some WHITE PORT in the city of OPORTO on our holiday in October.
To make up for my absence I will be bombarding you with posts in order that you can catch up on events in the Ladygarden household.
P.s. I have been working with a very dear lady friend of mine on a project, I think you would call her a ‘GHOST WRITER’.
More news on that later .C x