Imortal 2 -2 Quarteirense

In Albufeira, soccer on December 9, 2016 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Algarve Cup match Thursday 8th December. Imortal lost 7-6 on penalties after it finished 2-2 in regulation time. Below, Quarteirense goalkeeper thwarts Imortal.


Imortal in red foiled

And at the end of the 90 minutes this is what it all boils down to!


Ball on the spot


Goalkeeper waiting


Been ill, bad cold and chest infection!

In Albufeira on December 8, 2016 by cubsur51

Albufaira dawn 8th December 2016

Albufaira dawn 8th December 2016

Recovering now thanks. This morning in Albfeira at 0728am.


Sewer and drain works old town Albufeira

In Albufeira on November 30, 2016 by cubsur51

UPDATE 8th December

The local council has secured €15 million in funds for a two year project to completely rebuild the tunnel under the old town that takes the river and stormwater out to sea. The present tunnel  has deteriorated since it was built more than 50 years ago. Some repairs were made five years ago, but not sufficient to prevent the flood that devasted the old town centre in November 2015. The work will be mostly under ground, so pictures may be hard to come by!


Many of you will have read here and elsewhere of the devasting flash flood that hit the old town on 1st November 2015. Although the clean up work was quickly achieved, there remained the issue of the tunnel drain that carries the river and surface rain water through the middle of town.

The local council has started work on a scheme to improve various sections which means a lot of holes being dug!

This item on the forum will follow that work –

BUT they won’t get very far unless and until someone is made responsible for unblocking the roadside ditches, some of which have been clogged with mud and débris for years. Each time it rains hard, the water runs down the streets and into town instead of into the drains. Example :


Not so nice here today!

In Albufeira on November 30, 2016 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Albufeira Beach 30 November 2016

Albufeira Beach 30 November 2016

Blustery wind, grey skies and fairly big waves. Not cold though, 17.2C at 1pm.

Local wildlife wasn’t too happy!

Most of it anyway! This cat had found a nice spot out of the wind.

Click below to see some more pictures taken on this grey day.


Winter sunshine at Olhos D’Agua

In Albufeira on November 25, 2016 by cubsur51 Tagged:

Taken yesterday, not by me. Credit to regular visitor Dicey.


Afternoon trip to Salgados lagoon

In Albufeira on November 20, 2016 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Ages since I’ve been down there so took the bike out last Friday afternoon. The lagoon is quite full and I saw lots of big fish obviously now trapped in there. I will bet the bigger birds are fairly happy!

Sample picture below, the rest at!Am0w7qp9HCpqgq0_TGuuhD5-RKzm1g

There are no captions yet, being added a little later. At the end are a few pictures taken near Albufeira marina on my way back.

PS does anyone know know it takes up to an hour to actually log into WordPress? The site sometimes simply doesn’t respond.


Visit to São Bartolomeu Messines 121116

In Algarve, Portugal on November 15, 2016 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Off to the little town of São Bartolomeu Messines for a football match between them and my team, Imortal of Albufeira.

Messines is a neat town of about 8,000 people on the edge of the ‘populated’ zone of the Algarve about 24km north of Albufeira. Beyond there it is very thinly populated. In fact, the population of the town has declined by nearly a third since the 1940’s. Evidence of this is not hard to find, as there are many empty houses in the town and numerous abandoned farms and smallholdings outside. Two large reservoirs nearby in flooded valleys supply water to the region.

It’s quite agricultural up there plus some light industry, a long way removed from the tourist areas barely half an hour’s drive away.

Here are a few pictures I took on that Saturday afternoon, when not a lot goes on!

The least said about the game the better. My team, Imnortal, were beaten 3-0 by Messines, who were bottom of the league, we had a player sent off and our captain scored an own goal.