I hereby invite you to join me on a roadtrip BACK from Vilamoura, Portugal

Do you mind if I make a cauliflower cheese while we chat about the itinery and list of clothing you’ll need to pack?

Assuming the airports have sorted the backlog of flights this snow will have caused, we fly out of the UK next Wednesday – I’ll save you a seat although cannot promise a window.

This trip is not a holiday as such, although my dear friend has told me I’ll need to pack shorts and T-shirts (can you picture wearing those right now?? πŸ˜ƒ)

I’m so hungry but look! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the smaller lasagne I froze from last week – result!! πŸ’ƒπŸΌ

Cauliflower cheese should not be served with this, of that I’m fairly certain. But this football size innocent vegetable needs cooking so cheese overload we shall have today… (don’t start a sentence with ‘but’ I’ve told you before).

My friend has asked if I might accompany her on a flight to Portugal and destination Vilamoura (which is the southern edge of the country), where her 16 year old son is presently show jumping some wonderfully bred horses alongside and under the watchful eye of his UK-based but Portuguese trainer. Exciting times! (This is the same family to whose home we drove to Kent last month with that sticky toffee pudding).

The idea is we arrive and watch him for a couple of days; I’m taking my laptop so am hoping for lots of time to type and the sunshine will help me picture Lucy in Tuscany πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

When the final jumping weekend is over… we load up the lorry (in which we will be staying by the way) and drive home. That’s through to Spain and through to France and through the channel tunnel!!!!

I fancy chopped spring onions in the cheese sauce.

She asked me to bring my driving licence so we could share the driving. We have scheduled stops en route for the horses (we continue to sleep in the lorry). I am simultaneously excited and nervous, but I am a 21st century citizen and a modern woman who wants to explore the world. Β What better way to cover this european corner?

I ADORE being out of my comfort zone and trying new things. Luckily I have driven in Spain many times over the past three years, but a big lorry on the outskirts of Paris could well be something else.

Having drained the cauliflower (and I like to keep much of the greenery too) I am pouring over the thickened cheese and onion sauce before popping it back in to crisp up…


like this…

You HAVE to come. Iinsist. πŸ₯‚


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