Coming back to the cold, wind and rain was a bit of a shock after a lovely week in Madeira. The clocks going back an hour and the long, dark nights certainly hasn’t helped either. Every holiday I go on makes me want to live abroad even more; unfortunately Brexit has made that very difficult, if not impossible. But I won’t get started on my feelings about that! On a more positive note, we did some of my favourite things in Madeira, including having afternoon tea in the beautiful Jardins do Lago botanical gardens.
We did this when we holidayed in Madeira two years ago and I knew I had to go back on my next visit. As well as the beautiful flowers, the gardens are home to Colombo the Galapagos tortoise (who you’ll see further down). With lifespans in the wild of over 100 years, they are one of the longest-lived vertebrates. In captivity these tortoises can live up to 177 years! As a result of our visit Pete has agreed to let Isobel have a tortoise…not one this big though!
Colombo certainly has a magnificent place to roam though – the garden covers an area of more than 2.5 hectares with 500 different species of plants. There are wonderful examples of rare species and old trees as well as many colourful and delicate flowers. I’m not very knowledgeable about plants but I have a great app on my phone called Seek, which identifies plants from a photo. Isobel needed it for homework and it proved to be very useful wandering around the gardens.
It was one of the warmest, sunniest days of the holiday so I wanted to wear something airy. This orange tiered maxi dress is one of my favourite holiday dresses for both the style and the colour. You may remember that I wore it on my trip to Spain in July. (It’s still available at Asos in most sizes, and it’s on sale). Orange and green is one of my favourite colour combinations so it seemed like a good choice with so much foliage around me!
Colombo seemed pleased to see us, although he didn’t want the banana I took for him – I think he’d just had lunch! They really are extraordinary creatures, I could sit and watch him all day. However, afternoon tea was waiting and we were hungry!
SHOP THE LOOK
My stepmother and dad are on the left, Isobel is at the head of the table, and my mother-in-law is sitting next to me. Pete took the photo so he’s not in it (that’s his empty chair). The food was delicious and they do a vegan afternoon tea too with warm scones and delicious gooey cake. We walked it off the following day with a visit to Monte on the cable car followed by a basket ride and a steep descent on foot back to Funchal!
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