Let me just start by saying that if you ever get the chance to go to Madeira just go, it's beautiful and largely unspoilt by tourism. The flowers are lovely, and even better if you go a month later than we did, and it's lovely to hear the canaries singing. We made a friend of a gecko who lived on our balcony (we affectionately called him Buddy).
.On Saturday, our last full day, we drove over the mountains to the North Coast, a lovely drive. We spent a couple of hours looking at the lovely little towns and we feasted on seafood and ice cream, which was probably a good thing because..... On the way back over the mountains our route was blocked - there had been quite a severe landslide and the road was going to be closed for a few days. We had to head north again up to the coast, so we followed the coast road for quite a distance before turning south again. What a journey! What we hadn't realised was that none of the EU money had been spent on the roads in the north east, the term "hairpin" was not enough to describe the roads, Karen used the word "curly" which seemed more appropriate. There were potholes large enough to lose a wheel in, so the going was slow, if scenic. To make matters even worse there were precious few road signs, which led to an interesting detour from our route into a precipitous village on a dead end road, I actually don't know how Dick turned the car round (I daren't look!). We eventually got back to our villa some three hours later. Definitely a day to remember.
I had intended to write a blog while we were away, but it was impossible on my phone, so I'm sorry for the delay. I have already placed an order for sterling silver bees, hummingbirds etc for new earrings, so I hope to have them on the site soon, along with new beaded necklaces.
The weekly ramblings of a self-employed jeweller and countrywoman based in the Waveney Valley.