|Mater Dei - the best view over Ponta Delgada since 1500|
We have been back to Furnas for cozido with Marco and Marcia, this time with bacalhao (cod fish) instead of meat. Considerably lighter on the stomach but equally delicious. After the meal, we were up for a visit to the Poca da beija - a very tastefully developed hot spring - where we soaked away a delightful couple of hours after dark.
We've also helped a friend with some heavy landscaping work and done several boat jobs, including the installation of a set of permanent mast steps with Thomas of Boat and Sail Service, who had the steps made specially at a local metalworking shop. I can now climb the mast comfortably any time without setup - should be very handy for maintenance and lookout purposes.
|Mast steps! They're made from patterned|
(treadmaster) aluminium sheet, cut into strips
and folded to spec.