Day 9 on Maio
Tuesday 25th March 2014
Oh dear I'm in trouble, over the last few days Christine has been worrying about her hair and how it seems to be turning into straw with the climate here. When she asked me how it looked this morning all I said was "there's probably a needle in there some where"!
I don't know, you're damned if you do and damned if you don't!
We may go onto the beach later on, or just sit and read our Kindles. I'm reading "Wolf Hall" and "Bring up the Bodies" by Hilary Mantel, two books into one. Although they're good, it does feel like I've been reading them forever! Christine gave up on them but has just started reading them again from where she left off.
Anyway it is slightly cooler this morning, the temperature gauge says 22°C, and there is a refreshing breeze coming through the windows.
We took a look around the Villa Maris site this afternoon and took a few photos to show TOPA (The Overseas Property Agency Ltd). I know they would like to be able to complete the site and we think, if we can help them out in any small way then it has to be good for all of the owners. We also stopped to admire Frank's garden.
We have noticed a "settlement crack" on one corner of our property and I will be speaking to TOPA about getting this fixed. Hopefully they will be obliging and the builders will honour the contract.
Day 10 on Maio
Wednesday 26th March 2014
It's colder today, only 21°C! I may have to put on my thermal flip-flops. I thought I would show you the "footpath" we take to the store.
Go past the well and the charcoal stoves which provide a much needed income for the locals.
Then walk past the low square stone enclosure with the surprise inside - baby pigs.
Head towards the Morro football ground with Casablanca store in sight.
We saw the local children who came to our door the other night, looking rather dejected by the football ground. They soon brightened up when we gave them our last football to share.
Just a little sad today because we only have another 2 full days left on this lovely island of Maio.
Steve, Jeanette from Sunfish Scuba and Anwar came to Villa Maris at noon to check over Jo's bungalow, it was really great to see them and to have a good chat. Anwar is Jeanette's son and is on a holiday visiting for a couple of weeks from Manchester, he is a really nice guy. They are taking Anwar on an island tour so that he can see the sights.
We are thinking about having the Cape Verde stone-work put onto our property and I have asked Steve and Jeanette to try and get us a quote.
I have also asked if I can give their details to TOPA for the work to be completed on the settlement crack. They were very happy to do this for us which is a great help because, let's face it, we will be in the UK for at least 50 weeks of the year. It feels reassuring that someone here is willing to act on your behalf.
Day 11 on Maio (my birthday)
Thursday 27th March 2014
Woke up to happy birthday being sung by Christine. She brought over a Battenberg cake with a candle on the top. I love Battenburg cake! The picture shows it half eaten.
After opening all of my cards we had a Cadburys flake each which was another birthday treat from the UK. Then after a bit of a lie-in, we tidied up and returned the vacuum cleaner we'd borrowed from our neighbour's bungalow and made sure everything was securely locked up over there as we probably wouldn't have time later today. It may be my birthday, but it is also our last full day on the island before an early flight back to Praia tomorrow morning.
Benvindo picked us up about 11am and had a look at our wind turbine an solar panel before taking us into Porto Inglês to confirm tomorrow's flight at the TACV office.
Benvindo showed us the wholesale warehouse for beer, water and soft drinks. We didn't buy any, but it's interesting to find out that Porto Inglês (still can't get used to calling it that) has one.
More birthday celebrations followed with a delicious beer and chocolate cake and drink in Stephen & Janette's café on the top floor of the Mercado Municipal in the town centre. Stephen told us a few snippets of Island news; how they had stopped work on the sea-front wall but were forging ahead with the new main square. The trees and shrubs from the square had only been taken away until the work is completed, then they will be brought back and re-planted.
I'm sure it will be amazing when it's finished. We thought how nice the distinctive Maio decorative stone work would look round the lower half of our bungalow, rather than flaking orange paintwork.
To continue our day of high sugar, high calorie birthday food, we had another almond and caramel magnum ice cream from Pick Pay. We bumped into Anwar and he wished me a happy birthday. We told him how much we envied him having another week on the island. Every time we visit Porto Inglês it is hard to resist an ice cream. But feeling guilty, we did a few exercises on the sea-front fitness factory to wear off the calories. After all, there is still some Battenberg cake back at the bungalow, which needs to be eaten before our early flight tomorrow.
After some final sight-seeing in Porto Inglês, we went back to Vila Maris and tidied, packed and cleaned while we still had daylight. Someone came to our door with a young boy asking for something. We only understood "cerveja" beer and "dineiro" money, so I think they were beggars, but we said "nāo" and they left. The evening was spent relaxing by watching a video on our TV. The battery power lasted all night despite the fact we had taken down the wind turbine and solar panel.