The Beauty of Spring

20 thoughts on “The Beauty of Spring”

  1. Damn, I don’t know whether I’m happy for you and Won or sad for Chris and I! It looks so perfect I wish I could see it person and spend time taking it in. Enjoy every minute Beth-you and Won deserve it!


  2. Sooo lovely! And you sure that bottom flower isn’t digitalis (foxglove)? Thanks for sharing these gorgeous pics!


  3. Damn, BETH, great post for the plant lovers! I have to look up some of those that I’m not sure of but the orange one and the yellows around it are gazinias. Your readers might like to know that the century plant once it throws up that huge tall spike in blooms is the end of the plant. It dies but produces many many babies during the process. The tall one that you say looks like lambs ears is mullen.


    1. You’re right!! I just looked up gazanias (African daisies) and sure enough, that would be the flowers I didn’t know. Thanks! Also, I have seen some dead century plants with the large stalk and wondered if they died after “giving birth” and you’ve answered that question for me too. I appreciate the confirmation on the mullein guess. Really appreciate it and super happy you liked this post. 🙂


  4. Beth,
    Your description of NJ winters as soul sucking is so true! I was about to buy some annuals to put in pots outside, on May 7, then heard it was gonna get really cold and might snow…
    Anyway, I enjoyed your flower pics.


    1. My son, Matthew, sent a picture this morning that showed a dusting of snow on the ground. Groan…. I’m glad the pictures I included brightened your day, though! I’m sure you will be able to get those annuals in the ground soon. Sending you warm hugs.


  5. Hi Beth!
    Did you know that Thistle is called “Cardo” in Portuguese? The flowers are picked, dried and ground in a mortar and pestle and used as a way to curdle sheep’s milk. The traditional shepards still use this old fashioned way to make the authentic, stinky, gooey and oh so yummy cheese. And now… I’m craving it again!!!
    I’m beginning to see a pattern here…your latest posts are all reminding me of Portuguese cheese lol.
    Maybe it’s telling me a trip is in order!

    Love the pictures!!


    1. Thanks for the background, Liz! I think your intuition is right…a trip should be on the planner as soon as things stabilize around the world. It would be great to have you here to help us learn more about Portugal. Hugs to all. Stay safe and healthy!


  6. The yellow one looks like scots broom (we say brem in Holland). Great plant for dry ground. I remember the other plants but forgot their names. Will see if I can find it. Great pictures!! I can feel the wind and the sun and smell the sea!!


    1. You may be right about the scots broom. The images I found on the internet look very similar, except that the scots broom pictures have long stems and the bushes I saw were all close to the ground. It’s entirely possible, though!! Thanks!


  7. OK, a bit more info on the plants! The silver plant (right after the gazinias) frustrates me too. I tried to find it…maybe use a plant app. I use plant snap. Then the 3 succulents you posted: the 1st is cotyledon, the second is probably an echeveria (there are 1000s of varieties), and the 3rd is a euphorbia (rigida) or gopher plant.

    BTW, that second to the last photo of the whole posts, the clifts from a distance, what a knock-out photo!! Are you taking these with your phone??


    1. Wow!! You’ve done some research and I’ve updated the post accordingly! I’m so impressed. Thank you! I have taken all the photos with my cell phone. It’s a Google Pixel 3. Sometimes I can’t even see what I’m taking because the sun is so bright. 😅😎🇵🇹. Everything is so pretty it’s hard NOT to get a good shot!


  8. Beth
    Wow, just wow. I’ve immensely enjoyed your blog; great read – from the nascent relocation idea, the preparation & research, the Sweet Pea adventure (what an adorable dog), surmounting bureaucracy with aplomb, and having the most positive outlook imaginable.

    As Tina Fey said, “I want to go to there”! We are contemplating living part-time in Malaga, Spain upon retirement, but now maybe we should consider Portugal? I speak Spanish not Portuguese. We’ve visited Portugal twice: The Algarve coast driving north to Evora, the second time Lisbon, traveling north to Fatima, Porto & Braga.

    I really appreciated all the planning, documents & logistics of your adventure. This is my kind of approach to such a multifaceted endeavor. It’s truly inspiring to think that you did this at this stage of your life, not the same as a gap year abroad before embarking on college studies.

    The photos are amazing: gardens, beaches, plants, museums & buildings. You notice & appreciate the beauty and design in the seemingly mundane: mosaic tiles in sidewalks, architecture of houses from mansions to modest homes, even street signs. The food is so enticing: fish, the mega-store with all the selections of seafood, cheeses, prosciutto, breads all make it so much better to be able to cook at home. What a wonderful cornucopia of options to explore. You posted such great photos of your dad, a handsome man with a great smile. You obviously share many of his traits – love of food and a sense of adventure.

    Since you posted some YouTube links (yes, the Ozzy Reviews…cheese race made me laugh so hard I got cramps in my cheeks), you might enjoy Netflix, The Great British Baking show, where one of the challenges was to make pasteis de natas! The museums capture only so much of the rich history of Portugal and Manueline style is so attractive. We stayed in a pousada in the Alentejo district that was in the Manueline style and we were transported back in time.

    Keep up the blogs and photos. Are you learning a bit of Portuguese? I wish you luck in getting the permanent resident visas.



    1. I Leslie! Wow…I’m totally impressed that you slogged through all my blog posts and retained so much detail. Seriously! I’m delighted you are finding them interesting and informative. Thank you so much for your kind and generous compliments. To answer your question about learning Portuguese; yes. We are doing our best with resources on YouTube (like the Portuguese Lab, which also has a great podcast too). I have heard that the Portuguese are not happy if you default to Spanish, but so many people here speak English we haven’t really had too many problems. Regardless, we do plan to get a tutor when it is safe and appropriate to do so. Please keep me posted on how things go with your plans. Would love to stay in touch!


  9. You took all these awesome pictures…wow
    Loved the ocean ones the best….I can see Won cliff diving


    1. Thanks! The pictures in all my posts are taken with my Google Pixel 3 mobile phone. The technology is so good and so easy to use, it’s hard NOT to get a good picture. My biggest challenge is sorting through and then choosing a few from the gazillion pictures I have taken once I have to write a post. That’s what takes the most time for me.

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