Trip Start Mar 01, 2014
45Trip End Apr 05, 2014
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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 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
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.