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Still bone dry here in Albufeira

In Albufeira,Algarve,Portugal on September 22, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

A couple of pictures I took yesterday when I walked across from Páteo to the Algarve Shopping mall. There has been no rain for months, it’s just straw and dust underfoot. Click picture to see larger size.

 

 

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Albufeira 20th September 2017

In Albufeira,Algarve,Portugal on September 20, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

A normal day, went to a charity shop with some surplus items which they can sell to help the doggies and pussycats of town, then off to get my hair cut (looked terrible in the mirror this morning!) then to the supermarket to get some wine as birthday present for a friend. When I saw €9,99 bottles of this and that on sale for €2,99 I could not resist having a couple for myself. I feel the need to return without too much delay.

I had time to take a few pictures. It has been a fairly sunny day except that when you look out to sea it is quite misty. Temperature was up around 25ºC, the town is quite busy mainly with those who have no children at school, there are a lot of golfing parties here also.

Largo 25 de Abril and main town beach

The beach with all kinds of watery fun being had, including the inflatable water park.

Picture below taken at lunchtime 20th September 2107. For those who may not know the area, to the right are Turial Park apartments and to the left is the large building called Edificio Albufeira. The top end of the Avenida opens out into the main old town square, Largo Dr Enginheiro Duarte Pacheco. On the skyline at the right is the ill-fated Oceanville hotel and to the left is Albufeira Jardim 2.

Albufeira Rua Dom Afonso III, in the heart of the oldest part of town. The kind of pretty touristy picture that gets in the guidebooks. Reality check is a few yards further down the hill!

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Albufeira beach Wednesday 6th September

In Albufeira on September 10, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Almost forgot this! School holidays coming to an end, this picture was taken on Wednesday 6th September in the afternoon, air temperature around 31ºC.

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Windmill restored in Albufeira

In Albufeira,Algarve,Portugal on September 10, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged:

Windmills were once very common across the Algarve, grinding not just grain but other agricultural produce. None remain in commercial use.

Some have been converted into holiday homes. Others have been cosmetically restored, as has recently this one in the centre of Albufeira. If you want to go and see it, it is located on the Cerro Malpique, high above the old town, near the Cerro Mar Gardens resort complex.

The sails don’t go round, although canvas rigging can be seen tied to the struts of the wheel. Some complicated carpentry was involved I think!

This is the back. Sorry about the modernity in the shape of the mobile phone mast!

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Still very dry here.

In Albufeira,Algarve on August 30, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Still very dry here.

It hasn’t rained for months. Although some of the deep rooted trees and evergreen shrubs are still green, the grass has long since turned to straw. I went out for a couple of hours walk this afternoon, just out the back into the one-time sheep and goat territory. Dry thorn leaves cracked underfoot, long scratchy things attacked. Bamboo seems also to be growing quite well. I thought bamboo was a tropical plant.

It’s a mystery why there have not been more fires with all those careless people around. There is a ban on outdoor fires, barbecues, roasts etc anywhere there is grass and trees.

It is still quite warm, 26ºC today, not so hot as it was a couple of weeks ago. Up here 110 metres (330 feet) above sea level it was quite windy. Blue sky overhead, but some fairly large clouds were piling up over the hills to the north. but there seems no danger of any rain any time soon.

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Clouds over the Algarve Hills 30th August 2017

A few pictures of the semi desert of Albufeira, all taken this afternoon 30th August.


Does anyone have a recipe for cactus? It will be all that’s growing here soon!


We always know when it’s election time. The minor roads are suddenly repaired and re-surfaced. But did they run out of money before they finished the centre line? Or was it just they ran out of paint or, more likely I think, it was going home time. And of course they don’t go back to complete unfinished work. Those guiding dots continued for a considerable distance.

On a different topic, I don’t know whether to call this art or not. This grafitti on an abandoned bridgework must have taken a very long time! it’s over 20 feet (6 metres) high at the left hand end.

I have asked elsewhere, but do you know what these plants are? They were very conspicuous among the brown because of their grey / green colour. But I am almost completely ignorant about plants.

Have a nice day.

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Albufeira in the height of summer.

In Albufeira,Algarve,Portugal on August 22, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Albufeira in the height of summer.

These are not the best pictures I have ever taken. Forgot to put the memory card in!. But I hope they convey some of the ambience of the town beach at the height of summer.

And in contrast, a short distance from that scene, is one of very barren and brown aridity.
We need some rain, a lot, soon.

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Albufeira hot and busy, no fires here!

In Albufeira,Algarve,Portugal on August 21, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

Many days now of temperatures between 32ºC and 35ºC, beaches and towns are very busy. Here’s a picture taken a few days ago by a friend of Galé beach, about 5km west of Albufeira.

Luckily we have been spared the brushfires and more serious that have badly affected parts of the centre and north of Portugal. There were two small fires a few days ago a about 6 miles west of here, near Armção de Pêra, the smoke from which drifted over our way for a few hours.

Fingers are still crossed. All the grass and small shrubs are brown, trees are still green.

Portugal has an excellent website, updated in real time, showing the status of the fires. It’s only in Portguese but is very easy to understand. Click on a fire and a box will open up telling you how many firefighters are involved, how many appliances, how many aircraft and for the very biggest fires (shown as red flames) the scope of the fire and the location of the command centre and who’s in charge.

It’s www.fogos.pt