Category Archives: Culture

Mushroom Festival

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Knowing that I am a big fan of fungus, I had been kindly invited to go along to the Alcaide Mushroom Festival        …with my good friends Mike and Julie.  I say ‘good friends’, as the journey there was long … Continue reading

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CBBH Photo Challenge – Windows

October’s CBBH Photo Challenge already long gone, I personally believe it’s better late than never!  This is one of my lounge windows out onto the street. I think this photo speaks for itself.  (But only in Portuguese). I once overheard … Continue reading

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After The Fire

It’s over two weeks now since the fire. It’s the first time I’ve ventured out to try to see the extent of the damage, having attempted it on day three and fled back home at the disturbing sights and smells … Continue reading

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A Wake-up Call

What do you do when somebody shouts up at your bedroom window at six-thirty in the morning the word: ‘FOGO!’? … when you race out of the front gates and are faced with a wall of fire? You don’t panic, … Continue reading

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Now THAT’S a Potato Harvest!

MORNING SESSION: Antonio & Ermelinda’s Field (yield: 36 sacks of potatoes each weighing 30-40 kilos); Breakfast; Our field (yield: 18 sacks); two trips on top of trailor full of potatoes to unload as respective houses; eat, drink & be merry … Continue reading

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My Little Pony

For my 40th birthday I wanted to do something I’ve always wanted to do. I wanted to go horse riding. I collect manure from a nearby alternative equestrian centre/holiday retreat run by Leisje and Joao. Ever envious of the comings … Continue reading

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The Illumination of Laughter

And so it was… …that on the Wednesday they did arrive at The Blue Gates Of The House Of The Estrangeiros.  And they did proclaim themselves The Bringers of the Good News. And I did say: “Cool!  Whassat then?!” And … Continue reading

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