So, Madeira. It´s a lovely island, really lovely - green and lush and dramatic and the views, oh the views. The people are nice, the food is good, the weather is mild. However, you should like to hike when you go there. Because, you know, there´s really not much else to do.
I should´ve known when we boarded the flight and I kid you not, we were among the youngest and everyone except us wore hiking boots. Oops.
So we hiked! And it was great! You can do so many different tours on Madeira, from easy walks to difficult mountain hikes. We didn´t do the really difficult ones because we´re not really experienced hikers, but still our walks were spectacular. Also, I discovered that walking is somewhat therapeutic and is in fact very relaxing.
I also sunbathed and read (6 books in 12 days!) and cooked (oh those tiny and underequipped holiday cottage kitchens!) and watched way too much Food Network on TV (Paula Deen, really?) and it was a great holiday all in all. Just what we needed.
Back at home though, things weren´t going so great. Our brave houssitters had to face some challenges and we ended up flying home 4 days early to help them out. Which wasn´t so bad because we had the loveliest autumn weather and got to explore our region a bit (something we really only do when we have visitors, duh).
As of next weekend, the renovation craziness will continue. I´ve alreay ordered some Farrow & Ball paint for the upstairs doors. Exciting, right? I actually do think so.