Sunday, 13 January 2019

I made lemonade!

I'm linking up with The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Reviewer.

I know making homemade lemonade is a staple of American childhoods and I've often read of characters doing so or seen it on TV programmes. I'd never thought to try making it myself though. However, this week, a Belgian woman who lives in the hamlet nearest our current Portuguese campsite wandered over to visit friends and brought a bag full of lemons from the tree in her garden. She handed a couple out to everyone she could find, including us! Basically the tree has produced so much fruit that she had no chance of using it all up herself, especially seeing as the lemons are huge!

So I popped online to find a basic recipe and was amazed at how easy lemonade is to make. We only usually see the commercial fizzy stuff in the UK which is far too artificial-tasting for me. Fresh homemade lemonade I now know is delicious - and perfectly refreshing after one of our daily hikes.


We're on the move back into Spain today having spent ten nights in rural Portugal. I'm going to miss hiking out in the hills every afternoon and the gloriously fresh, clean air here. Instead, we're hoping to get onto the motorhome aire at Seville marina which I expect will be quite the culture shock after our current isolated location! Hopefully it won't be too noisy when we are ready to sleep?

I found a couple of photos on my phone from Armacao de Pera. I forgot to share them when we were there. This adorable little hedgehog and the Spring narcissi were at Armacao, all the other photos were taken at Almada de Ouro. The long views are a bit of a challenge for my antiquated phone camera, but I hope you get the idea. I love the mix of trees around here. The hillside pictured below has tall cypress trees which always remind us of ancient Rome, and pretty pines. There are also thousands of orange trees and olive trees, plus the occasional carob and stand of eucalyptus. Despite the climate being so hot and dry over the summer months - and warm and dry through much of the winter - there is miles of beautifully green countryside.


In bookish news, I've just finished reading Chilean novel Seeing Red by Lina Meruane which is about a woman abruptly losing her sight. It's not medically grisly, fortunately for me, and I loved the first-person narration style which I felt suited the novel very well. My full review is up on Literary Flits today.


Giveaways closing soon
No giveaways closing this week, but I've added three new ones in the past couple of days!
(All current giveaways here)

On my blogs this week were:

Stephanie Jane
#Veganuary Food Diary 2019 - Week One
Cover Characteristics - Stairs

Literary Flits
Accessible Fine Dining by Noam Kostucki spotlight + #Giveaway
We That Are Left by Clare Clark review
The History Of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave review
Music Love Drugs War by Geraldine Quigley review
A Sky So Close To Us by Shahla Ujayli review
Witch's Moonstone Locket by Marsha A Moore spotlight + #Giveaway + Q and A
Seeing Red by Lina Meruane review

Airing Out
Campsite - Almada de Ouro Club - near Odeleite - Portugal




24 comments:

  1. It must be nice to just take off on your travels like that and do what you want when you want. I used to imagine doing more travel but real life got in the way!

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    1. We're lucky that Dave being sufficiently aged to get his pension allows to travel :-) It's partly possible because not being in the UK saves us a lot of money though, campsite fees especially!

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  2. Oh, I'm looking forward to the Seville pictures! It's such a beautiful city!

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    1. It'll be fun to go back again. We loved Seville :-)

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  3. Homemade lemonade is good. So is fresh squeezed orange juice.

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  4. Such gorgeous photos! My mom used to make lemonade all the time, but I don't know if it's the same recipe as the American ones. I'm curious how they make it, though. What recipe did you use? I agree though, the lemonade drinks you find in stores are usually not that tasty. Have a great week and have fun on your travels!

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    1. I started by juicing one of the lemons into a measuring jug, then added the same amount of sugar syrup. Then I diluted it with four times as much water.

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  5. I love the traveling you are doing..so lovely. Yes, homemade lemonade is wonderful . That was nice of the local woman.

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    1. It was so lovely, especially as we'd never even met her before!

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  6. Oh, how wonderful you got the lemons and you made finally your own homemade lemonade! I'm absolutely sure that your homemade lemonade is really refreshing after your hikes and I see the area there is extremely beautiful. Maybe it will be really a shock in the marina after your time in this wonderful isolated area :) Thanks for the pictures!
    xx Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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    1. We popped into Gibraltar for the afternoon today. Niw that really was weird!

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  7. You really can't go wrong with fresh lemonade. I love the photos you shared. I am just amazed by how much of the world you are exploring. Have a great week!

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    1. I wish I'd learned to make it years ago! So easy and delicious :-)

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  8. Aww, a hedgehog! My mom always made lemonade when I was a kid, but I didn’t like how sour it was, so I never drank it. I guess I’m a terrible American because everybody here drinks it. It seems to be part of the culture. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I added enough sugar syrup so that my OH would drink it. He has a very sweet tooth!

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  9. How fun you got to make your very own lemonade. I'm glad you found it tasty!!! :)

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  10. I had lemonade stands when I was young and the reality is most US kids' stands have lemonade made from Wyler's or Kool-Aid drink mix packets; where you just add sugar and water. Tv and movies romanticize it so. 😁 I did finally make it from scratch in college for a bridal shower and you are right, there's nothing better! 🍋

    Your landscape and nature photos are stellar. 😍 I love the mixture of trees, too. 👍✨

    Have a wonderful new week. 🌞

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    1. Oh no, that's destroyed my imaginings! Why on earth use a packet mix when the real thing is so easy?!

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  11. Looks like a beautiful area. And aww cute hedgehog pic! Hope the new location in Spain works out well!

    I love fresh lemonade- so refreshing.

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    1. It was glorious there and we didn't really want to move on!

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  12. Oh how exciting to have lemonade. Lovely pictures. Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. If I'd known how easy and delicious it is, I'd have started making it years ago. I guess fresh Mediterranean lemons make all the difference!

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