Yes, you read that right.
I used to have a wall clock that had two clear plastic hands and little black flies at the end of each one. Underneath the hands, it said Time Flies. Love me a good play on words.
And time flies when you are having fun. Time has flown, even though fun has been in short supply for the past few months.
Between the rainy weather and having a sick, aged dog, among other things, it has been more of a hell ride.
Despite the tough times, there have been a few bright moments.
A wine tasting, a chocolate tasting, and a wee dram of Irish whiskey have helped deal with the dark side.
There were some great finds at the Simplesmente Vinho wine event.
The wines from Tras-os-Montes, Veneto, Italy, and Lisboa were standouts.
Daughters of Madness had some really innovative offerings. They included wine made with one percent seawater and some wine and cider combinations that were very good.
Daughters of Madness cider/wine and Feito de Joa wine from Tras-os Montes, Portugal.
Du Bom chocolatier and wine bar is a find in Porto. Magically delicious chocolates and wine and cocktails too!
They are just a few doors down from Eddie´s Klub Whiskey Bar. Bonus round! I am
In the cosmic rebate department, I won a candle and a tea towel from the Companhia Portugueza do Chá. companhiaportuguezadocha.com
Whoo hoo! Thanks, Lisette Creuxquette, the French influencer in Lisboa who held the contest.
The citrus and white flower candle smells sublime. The tea towel has the word saudade and a poetic definition in Portuguese.
Saudade means longing, yearning for things past, nostalgia. (It is a feminine noun.)
Missing what was, the time that was, the image that lingered.
Feeling, flavor, sensation.
That was saudade, the sun that never set.
How did I win it, you ask? The question was, for what do you have saudade?
I said that I had saudade for simpler times.
No doubt, ´eh?