My last walk around the pool area before sunset last night. I noticed that I had flowers on my little 'Madronho' tree. A friend gave it to me over nearly 2 years ago. I was delighted. for at one time, I thought i might just take it up.
Its been raining on and off, and I really didn't take much notice of it, Its blossomed with this weird weather. They take a long time to grow. Its still about the same size as when it was given to me. I was delighted to see that the fruit is growing.
There are a couple of species of the Madrono tree.. But all grow in warmer climates.. Mediterranean, Western Europe -North America, where its warmer areas.
The fruit is edible.. but not really nice .
I am sure that most have you have seen or know about the Madrona tree.... In Portugal its 'Madronho' .
The hills of the Monchique area of The Algarve, is where most of the production is distilled. Some people distill the madronho from the fruit of their own trees. A very old tradition.
This is what my friend did .. 2 bottles of home made Modronho was produced..
Its been a long time since i had a shot of this potent drink.. This last weekend. My eldest son and family together with me... we all had a toast to Mr. M. We could see him laughing at us all. We had all had a little shot of Madronha and an extra for M.
Christmas is closing in, and after I took the photos of my little tree. Thoughts of what drinks my family like at christmas came to mind..
Drinks with christmas lunch , a starter drink and then afters!! Christmas Eve, Boxing day.
I think everyone does it their own way.
We all drink mainly red wine so I am stocked up with that. Some like now and again a white.. I have that too.
I get a warm feeling, when we all make a toast around the christmas table.. The fire burning bright, and the laughter of my grandchildren. Can't wait.
Baileys.. sometimes with coffee.. sometimes with chocolate.. or just on the rocks. Sounds like I am an alcoholic!!! but not so. When together with the family we all enjoy our wine.
After all its Christmas.
Christmas -opening presents.. with a nice hot home made mince pie..!
Our free range enormous Turkey will arrive wed morning.. I will then prepare it for the oven, for christmas lunch. A very large bowl with water , mix in the spices and let the turkey rest in it all day and night.
- Traditional English stuffing- (I make my own ) no packet made. i have all the herbs needed. Fresh rosemary, from my garden, thyme and parsley from a friends veggie garden in village.
This year, Filipe has asked to be with me, while I prepare the stuffing and get the turkey ready. Its his first year, that he wants to be in the kitchen with me. Looking forward to that.. with a little tipple to get us in the mood. );-
This year , as some of my daughter in law's family will be with me.. we have delegated some of the desserts.
My sprouts are blanched and in the freezer.. carrots tomorrow, and the rest on Thursday.
When i was at my apartment last month .. I was able to take a visit to the english shop. I bought lots of goodies.
I have never rushed at christmas time. Living in the country is perfect. Life goes at a different pace than the city. I get my fresh produce that is grown locally .. fresh fish on a wed at the little market..
Its a relaxing way to get prepared for christmas.
A Portuguese tradition for centuries. Christmas Eve is all Portuguese goodies.. good cheer and toasts all around.
But most of all dear friends. Its not the Tree- or the food- or the drinks- Its being together with family and remembering what Christmas is all about.
Wishing you all a happy week.