Trains in the Algarve

In Algarve, Trains on May 20, 2015 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

I’ve been sent a few pictures of passenger and freight trains in the Algarve. For those like such things, you can see them at

Pictures are courtesy of Steve Widdowson. Please do not use them without permission.

Included are a few pictures taken from under the door at the rarely photographed museum building at Lagos station. There is apparently no money with which to maintain the building or its contents, which surely cannot remain undamaged for ever. The local vandals are sure to try.

This recent newspaper article in English describes the situation and has some additional pictures taken inside


A hot day here in Albufeira

In Albufeira on May 15, 2015 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

May 14th and we had an unseasonably hot day, with the temperature reaching 29C (84F). The beach yesterday afternoon. Click to see full-sized. A few more here.

Albufeira beach

Albufeira 14th May 2015


Hay fever, hot weather and a little trip

In Algarve on May 12, 2015 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

This past week or so has been very bad for hay fever sufferers here, including myself. The hot weather combined with a very dry airflow from the north means a lot of pollen and other sneeze inducing material is in the air.

The weather is unseasonably hot, even for here. Average mid may temperatures should be in the 23 or 24C range, we have had 27C over the weekend, it is 26.3C at almost 3 o’clock as I write with 30C + forecast later in the week.

Put together that begins to render me dysfunctional!

I did manage a day out on the train last Wednesday to Vila Real de Santo António and the beach there in the theory that there is less pollen etc by the sea. That worked to a certain extent but by the time I got home at 815pm It was bad again.

I managed a few pictures, nothing fantastic.

The rest here.


A walk along the beach

In Albufeira on May 1, 2015 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

It was a nice sunny day here yesterday, if a bit windy, 25C in the shade. I took a walk from Albufeira’s town beach along teh cliff path to Praia da Oura. Some more pictures here. The winter duvet is now in its cupboard for the next 6 months. Summer is here.

beach Albufeira main beach 30th April 2015


Some nice colours

In Albufeira on April 29, 2015 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

I walked from Páteo yesterday afternoon over to the cinema to see Russell Crowe’s latest and took some pictures along the way.

I am not a flower person as they give me hay fever, but the colours are very nice at this time of year. You gardening types probably see them as weeds though!


Not a good week!

In Uncategorized on April 24, 2015 by cubsur51 Tagged:

Last Friday I had my annual anti hay fever injection, having been suffering since my return from England a few days previously.

That always makes me feel less than wonderful for a day or two. But despite that, plus pills and potions, I have still been sneezing my way through the days.

On Tuesday I dropped a glass pan lid on the floor, fragments everywhere. It was tempered glass but those little cubes can get in your feet. Took ages to clean up.

Then I was really wrapped up in a job to proof read a large document for my UK based football colleagues.

Yesterday was the first sunny day for a while, so I decided to walk the 45 minutes or so through the back lanes to our local cinema. I didn’t take my camera. I should have done, as the recent damp weather has brought out all the wildflowers and weeds as well as the pollen. There are some really good colours, so perhaps I shall do that over the weekend, but rain is forecast!

The film I saw was Liam Neeson’s latest, Run All Night. It’s not too bad a film overall. But how does he manage to spend most of it getting into fights, leaping out of burning buildings, crashing cars etc etc and still manage to have his rather old fashioned revolver in his jacket pocket with a large supply of ammunition?

I forgot to mention the rats! We have rats in our building. They are in the ventilation shaft that runs the height of the small building. My neighbours and I can hear them scratching away at night when it’s quiet. In the last three weeks, we have twice reported this to the building managers who said they would get the local council’s pest controllers but so far nothing has happened.

Our building is cut into the side of a small hill and under the concrete platform is a void. Somehow the creatures have found their way, we suspect from the drains, into that void and are using it as a vertical escape tunnel. But it’s blocked at the top except for ducts connected to gas boilers etc, so they must be trying to find another way out.

Rats have very sharp teeth. I have read that they can eat their way though concrete. Let’s hope a way is found to stop their wanderings before that happens.


Tonbridge pictures second instalment

In Pictures from England on April 17, 2015 by cubsur51 Tagged:

Some totally unexciting pictures of my former home town taken on 8th April.


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