I love going away and exploring new climes but I'm always glad to return home, despite the pile of washing I have waiting for the weather to improve.
We have been to Madeira a small Portuguese island off the coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean on a fortnights holiday. The island is small at 309 square miles and has an approximate population of 209,000. A huge percentage of these live in the main town of Funchal. We stayed in a district of Funchal approximately 5 miles form the centre of the town. Its a beautiful island, very clean, very safe and very,very hilly! Oh boy you need legs of steel as the slopes just keep going and going! I do feel at lot fitter having been there which is a bonus. But the all inclusive food has taken its toll, so back to the grind stone to loose a stone before Christmas. Now I'm retired I am determined to have regular exercise, meal times and me time!
Having thoroughly enjoyed this years increased home grown produce I found myself looking at the 'locals' gardens. Madeira's main industries are: 1. TOURISM 2. MADEIRA WINE 3. BANANAS. Bananas are everywhere you look, they're slightly smaller and sweeter than the ones we import into the UK but delicious. Fancy going down the garden to pick bananas and grapes. I passed some allotments and they were growing melons, grapes, various squash, bananas and tomatoes. Despite the steep slopes every inch of the highly nutritional volcanic soil is used, every inch of land is terraced to allow mass cultivation.