Questions arising from the Quinta
Recent lively family discussions over dinner abroad seem to lead to the following (unanswerable) questions. I am sharing them on here because there’s nowhere else obvious to put them. I may be doing Facebook and Twitter a disservice, but I don’t think they’re quite up to the job.
#1 If you put the same child to bed every night, as the one that wakes up in the morning, and the same one returns from school at the end of every day, that you sent out earlier… when is it exactly that they grow and change as they most indubitably do?
There was no especial answer. If I had my time again, I’d photograph mine every morning and evening for their first eighteen years That would give me 365 x 2 = 730 x 18 = 13,140 (+ 8 extra snaps for leap years) and a final total of 13,148 photos per child. Perhaps it’s not too late for someone, somewhere to start. It would really help us pinpoint the external changes at least.
The next question pertained to the saltiness of the oceans. Why? And how? And why water?
I am just easing myself back in to the blog, so I’ll leave that ‘answer’ for another time… Suffice to say, it involved the discussion of pastry and boiled eggs, as well as custard.
Here’s a photo of the local salt water down the hill and round the corner from where the extended family stayed. The locals have found a good use for it – in the production of dried salted cod. The Portugese riffle through great flattened stacks of these apparently identical fish in the supermarket with the same dedication one might muster for selecting expensive wallpaper from an outsized sample book in Colefax & Fowler. Their hands must absolutely ming by the time they get to the cashier. I am pretty glad we don’t have all that business down the Co-op as the smell makes me heave. Still, the Portugese might just have the edge over the Only Way is Essex vis a vis the sunset over the water at least…