Memorial Day for all of you...A year ago...An unusual photo of us...See below...



Wild flowers growing in our garden
As most Americans celebrate Memorial Day today remembering our fallen heroes, families and friends gather together to enjoy the outdoors, cook on the grill and perhaps celebrate their first outdoor spring activity. 

The remembrance of those lost in defending our country is forefront in the hearts and minds of those who not only lost a loved one and for all the men and women who gave their lives with honor and dignity. 

Today's view welcoming us to another glorious day in Madeira.
Once again, it feels peculiar for us to be so far removed from the observation of yet another holiday.  However, with US news (English speaking) playing on the TV all day today, we can observe the holiday in our own way, watching stories and noting various gatherings throughout the country.

In our old lives, we too, would have gathered with family and friends, cooking up an array of delectable foods to hopefully be enjoyed outdoors on a lovely day. 
More wildflowers in our yard.
Instead, it's another lovely Monday here in Campanario, Madeira.  We have laundry going in the front loading washer and we're showered and dressed for the day, looking forward to dining out tonight.  

Still under the weather, having decided not to use any antibiotics, I'm unable to do any serious walking yet leaving us staying close to home for now. 
Colors in nature never cease to amaze us.
It's always surprising to us that we don't get bored with few household task to keep us busy each day other than laundry, cooking, dishes, making the bed and picking up after ourselves. 

The garden in our yard has a way to go.  It will be fun to watch it progress and to partake of its treasures.
Now that we're doing all of these household tasks again after the two and a half month reprieve in Marrakech, Morocco, we've found that we actually enjoy being in charge of running our household, each of us sharing an equal load. 

Several times each day we walk out onto the veranda to breathe in the fresh ocean air, swoon over the view of the sea and the hills and to embrace the ease and comfort we feel here on this beautiful island.

Terraces in the hills planted and ready for the season.
Have a safe, enjoyable and meaningful day together with family and friends!
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Photo from one year ago today, May 26, 2013:
With a story without photos posted on this date a year ago, we have included a photo from the next day, May 27, 2013.  Coincidentally, I was ill then with the same illness I have now and we had not choice but to cancel our plans to go sightseeing.  However, a few days later, we did go sightseeing in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi.  Here is a photo taken at that time with more to follow in the days to come.

OK, have a chuckle on me.  My sister Julie and I laughed so hard on Skype over how goofy I looked in my abaya.   Tom looked rather handsome in his thobe.  It was 108F, 42.2C.  I was still sick from the virus I got on the ship and was miserable wearing the hot silky black fabric while we toured the largest mosque in the world Sheikh Zayed Mosque located in Abu Dhabi, UAE, the richest city in the world.  See this article for a list of the richest cities on earth.  For the story from one year ago today, please click here.   Some amazing photos will follow over the next several days from our tour of Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

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