Day 3 on Maio
Wednesday 19th March 2014
Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
4am - the resident cockerel introduced himself to us. He is a proud little soul with a harem of about 12 flapping around him. What's so wonderful about our 4am alarm call is that he has taken the time and trouble to ensure he is as close to our bedroom window as possible. He makes about 10 "cock-a-doodle-dos" and then rests for approximately 10 minutes before he starts again. This went on for two and a half hours!!!
My question is, do you think cockerel tastes like chicken?
José our night security guard has told me that the chickens will be taken off the site tonight so that we can have a nice lie-in for the rest of our holiday.
Went to the Casa Blanca store in Morro to buy some groceries and met Annie who was very pleasant and made fun of my Portuguese, but we got on very well.
In the afternoon we thought we'd go to the beach in front of Villa Maris and try out our wind breaker and our sun umbrella for the first time that we'd brought over from the UK a couple of years ago. Unfortunately the breeze was a little too strong and blew the umbrella inside-out but we sort of improvised and made ourselves a little "tent".
Yet again we were the only people to be seen for miles, so we didn't care how it looked. The sky was blue, the sand golden, the temperature 28°C and our holiday on Maio was just starting - bliss...
Earlier, in the Casa Blanca store, I noticed a bottle of white wine priced at 250 escudos and it was surprisingly very tasty and we enjoyed it with a snack on our bungalow patio as the sun went down on an excellently relaxing day.
Before we left home in the UK we had downloaded a few films to our iPad and have already watched Captain Phillips with Tom Hanks and About Time with Bill Nighy. Well, we do need a bit of modern technology to end our day.
Day 4 on Maio
Thursday 20th March 2014
Hurray! No 4am wake up call, instead it was 6am. No matter how fast I ran, I couldn't turn that alarm off.
Today we are going to take a nice walk into Villa do Maio to buy a few things and look around the town and try to see a couple of acquaintances. Also, there are a few little jobs we need to do while we are at the bungalow and I always miss my electric hand drill from home so I finally had the chance to buy myself one today from Ramos DIY shop, along with a few other tools.
The walk into town and back took us 50 minutes each way. A nice walk really. In total, there and back again we probably saw 8 vehicles but plenty of cows, pigs, chickens and the odd goat. Thinking about it, there are far fewer goats roaming about Maio than a few years ago, I think the islanders keep them tethered now to protect the crops.
The temperature was in the mid 20°Cs but it got hotter as we approached mid-day. We desperately needed a drink, so we went onto the beach and visited the "Tropical bar" and had a very refreshing cool drink. We stayed there for about 40 minutes and the view was stunning.
Walking into town we passed the place above the beach where the cola hut used to be and now is a fitness area. At first glance it looks like a children's playground but reading the sign it definitely says "fitness park".
At the entrance to Villa do Maio there are some nice looking properties being built on each side of the road. None of them are occupied yet but they look near to being completed. We have noticed that that signs throughout Villa do Maio seem to be using the old name of Porto Inglês for the city. Even the new fitness park sign used Cidade do Porto Inglês, so we think the Câmera Municipal do Maio (City Council) have re-adopted the old name.
We tried to do the tourist thing and visit the Fort but unfortunately it was closed. We ventured around the back where a lot of building and landscaping is being done. It does look very nice but I do hope they finish it now that they've started! The photo shows the area I'm talking about.
Day 5 on Maio
Friday 21st March 2014
No cockerel this morning, José kept his word. Slept in until 7am, which is good for us as we are used to getting up early for work.
Whilst we were "speaking" to José yesterday, we ascertained that he fell and hurt his left knee, because he couldn't see where he was going when ensuring the security of the site at night. He doesn't possess a torch which is, I would have thought, the bare necessity of a night watchman. When we were in Porto Inglês (I must get used to calling it that), we purchased an LED torch for him. When we gave it to him, excuse the pun, but his face lit up.
Today is definitely a relaxing day for pottering around the bungalow. I have said it before and I'll say it again, this is a fantastic site for all of the property owners. It just needs to be completed, then we would own a prime spot of real estate on Maio.
I share the frustration of other owners who have visited the site, none of us are to blame for the world recession but we have all been unfortunate to have bought just before the recession started and promised so much but I know if I was a property developer then I would be able to "make a killing" on this lovely site.
Yesterday evening we both walked over to the Casa Blanca supermarket to place a daily order of quatro pão (4 bread rolls), for our breakfast. These are always ready for 7am. On the way there we gave the local boys one of the 4 footballs we brought from the UK. These came in our luggage deflated and I blow them up with a hand pump. Unfortunately one of the balls had a puncture so that one was thrown away in the site dustbin. I later found that it was taken out of the bin, by whom I don't know. Anyway the lads were over the moon with their new ball. We will give the other two balls away over the next few days.
This morning on the way back from the store we met a very nice Norwegian lady who spoke excellent English and lives in a white walled villa next to our complex. We had a laugh because she said that she was very cold! The temperature at that time in the morning was 22°C. I guess it is all relative.
This lady said that her property has solar panels and this gives her all of the electricity she requires. She also said that it was very expensive to install. We are contemplating this as a solution in the future on our own property. We have brought over a suitcase sized solar panel to help top up our battery when the wind drops too much for the wind turbine to charge it up. We shall be setting this up later so that we have lights, TV and chargers for the phones in the evenings. The battery is still being reconditioned and charged while the generator is on at the moment. If only we could be joined to the national grid!
In the afternoon we had a stroll on the north section of Morro beach, we were surprised to see a large number of jelly fish washed up on shore, Christine thinks they are Portuguese Man of War. After searching Google they certainly look the same.