Tag Archives: outdoors

The shredder is all mine…

The gardening continues. I’ve just realised this might be why my dabbling in the garden previously didn’t bear fruit (pun intended.) It’s a continuous game, gardening. Persistence is rewarded and popping in and out once a month is very much … Continue reading

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My Summer Residence…

(Driving into Chambord) We drove for hours after we left the policeman in Fontenay-le-Comte through beautiful countryside. The avoid toll roads was on again but this time everything worked out and we arrived at my Château in Chambord. (Not actually … Continue reading

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Just hanging around…

(Reflecting) We stayed a second night by the canal. Just being. Walking along the paths. Taking pictures. Getting by without butter, we do have the five litres of olive oil after all… (The neighbours) It’s so peaceful here. I might … Continue reading

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Bird Song and Frog Croaks

(Park here… this one’s in Spanish but the picture is always the same) Sunday is the day we travel the longest so from Évora we travelled three hours to a camper van parking spot called Penamacor in Benquerença which is … Continue reading

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Looking for the Sea Glass

(Early morning pilgrim on Praia da Falésia) When I wasn’t watching the waves down at the beach I was watching where I walked for interesting treasure. The sea provides plenty of gifts if you keep your eyes open for them. … Continue reading

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Silves’ elusive things

(A glimpse of the wall) There are two things you see a lot of in Silves – the old moorish walls and the storks. Funny enough both are hard to photograph as you walk around. The storks are always too … Continue reading

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Off to the Beach

(Nice flowers in the dunes) One of the great things about Portugal is that no matter how hot it gets there’s always (almost always) a breeze near the coast. So when it got really hot by the river we moved … Continue reading

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How to sit in nature…

(I loved this place) After Lisbon we went to Setúbal, the place the train would have brought us to if we’d stayed on board. We arrived on a decent sized road and as often happens our sat-nav system decided we … Continue reading

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The stars aligned

(The cathedral which is built on the site of the original church. The original tomb is in the basement) We’re leaving Santiago de Compostela today. My friend and I went on a free tour of the town yesterday. It was … Continue reading

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Camino’s End

(Bit wet here) We have arrived in Santiago de Compostela! Not the arduous journey that most people take. We were warm and cozy and sitting in Ruby as we entered the city. (Courtyard greenery) This is the end point of … Continue reading

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Back to normal…

(French aire) We crossed the border into France on Saturday and stayed at a French vineyard that night. We thought it might be nice to do a wine tasting and then stay the night but wine tasting happens on Monday … Continue reading

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On the Rocks

(The Clock Tower at Mȇda) Continuing on our journey out of Portugal, two days ago we reached the town Mȇda. We are still in the land of huge rocks and it may not be clear from the photos how huge they really … Continue reading

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The Olive Farm

(One of the olive groves) There’s an Olive Farm in our adopted town and you can go on a tour. I went along on Friday. It’s just across the road from our garage so we had spotted it last Sunday … Continue reading

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Kittens and Coffee

(Spring, spring, spring) We are still at the house of the oranges in the garden. Ruby is still at the garage. We have fallen into a different routine here. Normally we have breakfast and lunch in the van and get … Continue reading

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Thank you, Portugal!

(Normally closed these shutters keep the house cool. Can you see the thickness of the wall?) We are staying in a house on the edge of town, did I tell you that? It’s a very cute traditional Portuguese house. It … Continue reading

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Oranges and Lemon

(A gift from our French hosts) We are moving slowly along the Algarve again today… about 15 kilometres from last night’s spot. In the middle of the countryside again at a French campsite… well the owners are French with very … Continue reading

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Life’s a beach…

(There was a boardwalk to the beach so we took a quick look…) The Algarve area of Portugal is very popular. We’ve been officially in the Algarve for three days now but most people (or maybe just me?) think of … Continue reading

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Sunshine and Breeze in the Countryside

(Sunset by the lake near the mining town) We’ve moved on again, just 90 minutes south of the mining town to the middle of the countryside. There’s no town nearby just sheep, although they could be goats, they are very … Continue reading

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The Mining Town

(The lake near our car park) It’s sunny! In fact it might be a little too sunny…. just joking! It’s just perfect, perfect. We have moved to a new location beside a very peaceful lake, it’s also near an old … Continue reading

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The Portuguese Cafe God

(Yesterday morning I had to cross this scary bridge, it goes over two dual carriageways! I sang Christmas songs to myself to stop me closing my eyes and lying down. I went back today to take pictures for you.. you’re … Continue reading

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The view is blue…

(The view from the bedroom, blue sea, blue sky, blue bunting) Every stitch of clothing had been washed and the sun came out so we went for a walk down town. When we arrived yesterday it was too wet to … Continue reading

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To Lisbon by river…

(Art in the park… looks like LEGO but made from plastic crates) After the ruins we moved an hour further south to a small town called Villa Nova da Barquinha. It is right on the river Tagus. That’s the river … Continue reading

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Do. Or do not. There is no try. – Yoda

(Today we went to see the ruins!) The rain stopped and sun came out…and off we went to the roman ruins at Monografico de Conimbriga. These are the ruins of the old city (about 1800 years old!) of Conimbriga and the … Continue reading

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Watercolour Clouds

(Look at that amazing fluffy cloud!) We stayed a second night by the sea and now we’re at a different aire with electricity. The rain stopped, long enough for me to take some pictures, well of course it did. Every … Continue reading

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Furadouro by the sea

(That’s the Atlantic Sea out there) We’ve travelled a little further south and now we’re in a car park behind the sand dunes at Furadouro. It rained when we got here. It rained all night. Really. All. Night. It’s raining now. But … Continue reading

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Communing with Deer

(There’s a big map in reception showing the path through the park) I woke up early this morning to birdsong. The rain had stopped and I had an idea. Before I could change my mind I had popped on some … Continue reading

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It’s not a Zoo!

(He’s in a bit of a hurry) Turns out the Zoo I thought we were staying at is more a nature reserve with botanical park, called Parque Biológico de Gaia. There are no elephants but there is a dinosaur… (There … Continue reading

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We are up in the hills…

(Sunrise this morning) Do you remember the first time we took Ruby to Portugal? (I’ve put a link here if you want to remind yourself.) We ended up on teeny tiny roads searching for internet access. Well we’ve done it … Continue reading

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Warm hugs from the south…

(Our car park tonight is just around the corner from this beach) We’ve moved again further into Portugal… just a little bit. To a town called Viana do Castelo, less than 100km north of Porto. There was a temptation to … Continue reading

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Discomfort Zone

(Freezing grass) It was absolutely freezing when we got up this morning. It was also literally freezing… outside the van. Luckily it was over the 4℃ necessary inside to keep the drinking water inside the tank. We decided in spite … Continue reading

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