This is where I was. 21ºC, sun beaming down from a cloudless sky. A lawn bowls match at Alvor, Portugal. It wasn’t as nice today (Thursday), stayed foggy and damp!
This annual 5 day event started in Albufeira on Wednesday and continues until Sunday. It’s not on the scale of the Tour De France, but attracts several of the top teams and this year 194 riders. The official website is at http://voltaaoalgarve.com/en/home-2/
Here are a few pictures I grabbed a few minutes after the start as the riders headed out of Albufeira northwards. Click to see larger size.
The final game of England’s U-17 short tournament down here in the Algarve. They had lost to Portugal and beaten Germany before this game.
The scene was rather a contrast to the paddy fields of Saturday! A crowd of about 250 watched an interesting but not spectacular game, which ended in a 1-0 win for England. The only goal was a short-range header by Stephen Walker of Middlesbrough FC after 31 minutes. England had by far the better of the game until the final few minutes, when a Dutch rally almost created an equaliser.
Here is the team sheet. Keep it for 4 or 5 years and see then how many are playing in the Premier League. Bet you no more than one or two!
I took a few pictures, not very good as I only had my small camera.
A few moments later, England’s goalkeeper made a fine save from a long range shot to give Englna a fairly well deserved win.
I am told it is a mole cricket, that mostly lives underground. Which is why I have never seen one!
Does anyone know what this is please? Spotted this morning while I was walking down a track just back of where I live in Albufeira. I have never seen anything looking like this. I woudl say it was about 5cm (2″) long. It was moving slowly but fairly steadily, pausing to rummage around in the gravel. A few seconds later is vanished into some long grass.
Friday and especially Saturday were very wet and windy here. This is the local football pitch at half time on Saturday afternoon. Imortal Albufeira v Messinense, Algarve League Division One.
Yes, half time. The football authorities here care not at all concerned about the welfare of players nor that fact the people pay to watch in such conditions.
The only good thing about the afternoon was that we won 1-0. A token crowd of about 50 fans huddled in the deepest recesses of the main stand to escape the driving rain which fell almost constantly until just before the end of the game.
In contrast to the fairly decent weather here in the Algarve, I have been sent these two pictures!
Tanvald, Czech Republic
Algorfa (Near Alicante) Spain, brown floodwater pouring through orchards.
Since last Thursday we have had some very rainy days. Today has, so far, been an exception but rain is on the way for later. Gales and rain are forecst for the weekend.
Last Wednesday (25th January) my local bowls club hosted a touring team from near Leicester. Nice warm day, here’s the scene just before the start. We have seventeen more such visits already booked in this year.
Work continues in town laying new drainage pipes under the streets. I did have some pictures, but accidentally deleted them! I will try to get some more in a couple of days.
Some of you have have visted here may remember the shop in the little alleyway just off the square in the old town that sold linen, towels and similar. Gone! I don’t know yet what it will become, probably yet another tourist restaurant or bar. Much higher rental profit for the owner!