The recent showers followed by a few hours of sunshine have transformed the landscape within a matter of days – tiny shoots of greenery can be seen, rather the baked dry landscape signalling a long dry summer.

I commented on Facebook this week at the large amount of quality restaurants that are opening at various locations around the island – high quality cuisine in stylish surroundings .. the island is definitely waking up again and it’s encouraging to see, not only new businesses – but high quality, especially on the new and smarter Avenida. Could the green shoots of recovery be happening for the economy here too, as well as the landscape?

There is always the pessimist who grumbles how all-inclusive is killing the island .. but our friends from Ryanair and other budget airlines for independent travellers have definitely reversed the trend resulting in higher than expected tourist numbers for September and October and this seems to be the case for November too.

Yes, there are still problems .. no denying that, but things are definitely looking greener!!

Cautiously optimistic ….