After two very cold weeks, at least the sun is back, This afternoon was had 19C (67F) and for the first time for a long time it actually felt warm out there.
I had to go into town this afternoon and took my camera.
Albufeira beach 26th March 2015
Here just a few pictures of the beach and of the colours around.
Wednesday here in Albufeira was cold and wet. The daytime temperature maxed out at 13C (55F).
I checked back through the records and it was the coldest daytime bar one since 2nd February 2014. The only time it was colder in the daytime since then was February 7th this year, when we had only 12C (53F).
In fact early February this year had the longest run of cold days for a very long time, nothing above 16C for two weeks.
My day out in Silves for some sporting action!
A game of three penalties, two for Silves and the winning one for Imortal shortly before the end. Some pictures from the game http://1drv.ms/1GUm1aq
The synthetic grass pitch installed after the 2012 tornado damage was nice and welcoming. Parts of the stadium have, though, never been repaired. It has no roof and the ‘executive’ seats are in ruins. But they have installed a bar in the ground!
A reasonable crowd of about 100 enjoyed a pleasant afternoon in the sunshine.
This is the Algarve League, semi-professional and the fourth and lowest level of football in this region.
There are no ‘amateur’ leagues, no one here plays for fun and few beers afterwards. There is very little adult sport participation overall.
For an overview see http://www.algarvebus.info/football.htm
The two games at Albufeira were not as entertaining in many ways as those before, as they were so one-sided. But there was still some good football played.
Picture set from both games here
My thoughts on the games here
Brazil beat Switzerland 4-1 with two good goals by number 10 Marta Silva being the highlight. The Swiss were their rugged selves once again, conceding 21 free kicks and earning two yellow cards. Brazil weren’t far behind though in was at times a fairly tetchy encounter.
The second game between Norway and Denmark was so utterly one sided in the first half that I wondered what the Danes had been drinking the night before. Norway dominated proceedings to the extent that Denmark managed just one shot, miles wide, in the entire first half. Norway lead 3-0 at half time. Denmark played better in the second period but could hardly have been any worse.
Norway won 5-2 in the end.
Tournament winners were USA, who beat France 2-0 in the final.
Complete results here http://www.womenssoccerunited.com/algarve-cup-2015-fixtures/
This year’s tournament has provided some excellent entertainment featuring many of the top women’s teams in the world and all free of charge. This year it is essentially part of the preparation programme for the World Cup to be held in Canada later this year.
Here’s some words and pictures from the games I have seen so far. There are two more here tomorrow, featuring Brazil, Swizterland, Norway and Denmark. The final will be between France and USA at the Algarve Stadium
I managed to get down there yesterday afternoon after a bad few days of blocked air vents, broken glasses and an horrific bill from the dentist!
I was wondering why the air vent from my bathroom did not seem to be doing much. With a neighbour’s help, we prised the vent cover off the wall and all sorts of debris fell out. Digging around a bit inside we dragged out all manner of stuff, including the remains of two plastic bags, which seemed to have been chewed by rats or mice to make a nest.
The cowboys who built the place back in the 1970’s hadn’t properly installed the ductwork, leaving a gap between pipe and wall sufficiently large for creatures great and small to move around. Some several hours work of hacking and filling later, the duct is now properly sealed, terminated and behind a new grille cover. Up on the roof we made the pipes higher to get a better draw of air.
So seeking some respite from toil, I jumped on the bike yesterday afternoon and went back to Salgados. This time I made sure I had some charged batteries.
The lagoon is very full and there were lots of birds of different shapes, sizes and colours doing whatever birds do to enjoy themselves on a sunny day. There were plenty of people out as well, including two fairly brave souls on the beach in bikinis. It wasn’t that warm in fact it got quite windy.
The full set is here. I have not yet been able to caption them as the Microsoft One Drive site is messing me about.
I have been a bit busy lately plus having had a bad cold. I went down to the Salgados lagoon on Tuesday intending to take some pictures. Having arrived there, I realised I had forgotten to charge my camera batteries! I shall try again tomorrow, Friday.
For the time being, I can tell you that the lagoon is very full with a large number of birds of many species on and around the water. It was a nice sunny day. Plenty of people were down there enjoying a walk on the beach and watching the birds. The beach café was open.
Today, here is my mention of the mundanity of everyday life. Over the past couple of weeks I have come to realise that I have many socks in the drawer, but few pairs! So, this afternoon, I sat down in front of a huge pile of socks! About an hour later I have half the quantity and a plastic bag is filled with assorted items for the recycling bin.
Have you ever done that?