Tag Archives: Portugal

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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Just in time…

(Ruby being winched backwards into van hospital) I’m exhausted. It’s 6am and I’ve been awake for an hour… Denis is snoring loudly this night/morning! I feel a huge fraud saying I’m exhausted when here I am here in a beautiful … Continue reading

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Everything is fine, just fine…

We had a bit of an adventure today…. Ruby broke! (Ruby on her way to the garage…) We moved this morning from the orange and lemon campsite during a thunder and lightening storm. We arrived in a small town with … 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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I can see our house (van) from here…

(Sunset last night in Portugal) We went to Spain! For twenty minutes. Met a man from Spain. He sold us gas. We are back in Portugal. We have used the gas for showers… our new neighbours are grateful. We are … 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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You can see Spain from here…

(The view today) We finally moved on from Serpa. We’d been there ten days, the longest time we’ve spent anywhere on this trip. We were still missing it when we arrived at our new spot on the Spanish border… until … Continue reading

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Inner Wellbeing

(Flower seen on the indirect route) The rain has stopped! I see the light! Well… not sunlight but light nonetheless. It’s time to get more input (I mean take more photos). So when I woke up this morning instead of … Continue reading

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Card Making Ninja

(A selection of my Ninja work) Ok, the situation is critical. I don’t want to complain… (no I actually do.) It’s raining again. I’m crafting like a Ninja, now. There’s steam coming out of my scissors. There won’t be enough … Continue reading

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A Question of Collage

(Close close-up of Cherry (or Apple?) Blossom) It’s been cold and wet here the last few days. Both of us are feeling less than 100% and the cracks are beginning to show! So I’ve returned to crafting and specifically to … Continue reading

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Cut and Paste

(Very close up of ice on the bike seat, northern Spain) Well wouldn’t you know it, I talk about taking photographs and then I completely stop taking them (it’s cold out…) Instead I’m doing something I’ve been meaning to do … Continue reading

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Crafting Sunday

(Surely no one would attempt to drive up this lane?) Today is an indoor day. The rain came back so it’s become Crafting Sunday. I brought a cupboard full of craft materials from Ireland. Not a big cupboard by house … Continue reading

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Are you feeling me?

(This feels sort of happy sad with spikes and magic) The reason I first started taking pictures was because at a workshop once we had to pick something we’d do in the following year. I didn’t know what to pick. … Continue reading

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Spending time with Vera…

(Notice the colour for the houses here is white and grey) I hear there’s more bad weather on it’s way to you. So I won’t mention that it’s been a lovely day here and I’m outside as I write watching … Continue reading

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Imagination…

(There’s a line of orange trees on our street!) Imagine fruit growing out on the street. Oranges. It’s possible they taste terrible but they look amazing. No one is picking them so maybe there are varieties that are just for … Continue reading

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Bubbles and Connection

(The tiles are like wrapping paper) Yesterday I went off exploring the town on my own with my camera. I took some pictures. I sat under a tree. I took some more pictures. I sat in a square. I walked … Continue reading

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For the Love of Portugal

(The cows have big horns here!) Two years ago when we first came to Portugal we stayed in campsites whenever we could. This year we only stay when we really need electricity or a shower. Today we have arrived at … Continue reading

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Road Trip

(There was an amazing sky last night) We went driving around the countryside today. That wasn’t the plan but that’s what happened. We woke early and my plan was to go take pictures at the beach 2km down the road. … Continue reading

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Storks deliver babies, right?

(A pair of storks) We’ve moved closer to the sea. Haven’t seen the sea yet today but we are in a near-the-seaside town. There’s a lot of blue and white-painted walls and houses. I went on a fact-finding mission. Wandering … Continue reading

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Free things… Free things…

(Good girl, waiting for the lights to change. Safety… free✔) Besides the idea that is gestating slowly in my belly (!) I had a previous great idea (no, Grahame, not the photographing people one, another one). It came to me … Continue reading

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Expectations and Surprises

(You might see some smoke coming from the street half way down and off to the right… there’s a woman barbecuing fish outside her house) I’ve been on walkabout in our new town today, inspired by another exercise from the … Continue reading

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Thanks Mam, for Picking my Dad

(Our bridge at Alcacer do Sal in the afternoon…) It’s my Dad’s birthday today. He died on this day 16 yeas ago, but he’s alive in everything I do. For instance this week he was at the Creativity Workshop with … Continue reading

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Beware of: Beware of Pickpockets!

(Black and white and red and green Lisbon…) It’s 4am. I’m awake. I think. This week has been like a dream, maybe I’m not awake… Here’s what happened at the workshop (and here’s a link to the website: thecreativityworkshop.com) Shelley … Continue reading

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The inevitable happened…

(I’ve run out of photos in Lisboa, so here’s even more narrow roads from Ericeira) Still having a great time at the workshop. Here’s more news about my travel experiences. I took the bus-metro combination again today so I was … Continue reading

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Is this morning sickness?

(I like this house in the middle of the city. It’s behind a big gate, I peeped in…) I think I might be pregnant or I’m a gardener… it’s one or the other, I’m not sure. (Who lives at 55?) … 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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Opportunity

(Welcome to Portugal) So it’s the week before my workshop in Lisboa and I thought it might be sensible to create some blog posts so I am doing some overtime to cover myself for the duration of the workshop. I … Continue reading

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