Trip Start Mar 01, 2014
Trip End Apr 05, 2014

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Flag of Portugal  , Lisbon,
Thursday, March 27, 2014

When you decide to travel from your home and head to another country and borrow someone else's home, one cannot help but be nervous. Is it all going to fall into place, is it just like they portrayed it to be, is it going to be right for us for this long length of time? Is it going to be clean?
Casa do Leao has been our home and more during the last month. We leave tomorrow.

We have enjoyed this strong house. We knew after our first very comfortable night, that we could relax and make it ours, borrowing it for the time we are here. We are thankful that the owners are trusting and will allow us to embrace their space and let us live here like it is ours. We have. 

We have used all of the outdoor spaces reading, dining or just sitting and watching, lost in our thoughts. We have burned more wood than we thought we would but on a chilly night it was comforting. I have enjoyed the kitchen, equipped with more than everything necessary to enjoy the process and then serve our meals on beautiful dishes at a table that can be nicely set. We have curled up in the living room with its large windows looking out over the hill, Tony on the couch and I in a big cozy chair. I even managed to doze off a few minutes in that chair a couple of times...surprising for me. Candles can be lit in many nooks and crannies but I bring them to where we can see them and enjoy the glow. The bathrooms are warmed by heaters and towel warmers, necessary as the cold seeps in and stays within the thick walls when nights are cool.

We have met Fernanda who comes once a week with fresh linens. The linens are beautiful crisp and the duvets plump up and provide cozy sleeps. They too are changed once a week. My favourite set is white with hand embroidered flowers. In the other bedroom the shams now have huge linen covered buttons and a duvet with fresh yellow and white daisies that look like they are just sprouting from a garden. Fernanda brightens up the place. She is lovely and lives around the corner in a sunshine painted house. It looks like a happy cheerful place, like her. Manuela, who I feel I have known for a long time because of our communications over the winter, is there for us if we need anything. We have everything we need. She too brings cheer. The owners are fortunate to have these two women who also take pride in this house. I have filled every vase with flowers from the gardens, yes this has been our home.

This has been a day of laundry, packing, put everything away, and leave this place the way we found it day - clean, fresh and ready for the next borrower, or maybe the owners will arrive for their earned holiday time? The fridge is empty except for a half bottle of wine, a beer and some lettuce. The cupboards will have an extra bottle of olive oil and some pasta. It has been a great 26 days.

We are early to bed as we will leave for Porto in the morning, heading north. Rain is here, coming down heavily and the winds are blowing.  It looks like it will be in the forecast for awhile. 
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Katie on

Hand embroidered sheets!?!! I feel like I've stayed there cause of your beautiful descriptions mom, so nice! Sounds like you were there at just the right time!

Deb on

It truly is a wonderful place and we'll always associate it with "lions". You done good!

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