Outrageously good weather in Tunbridge Wells

In Pictures from England, sports cricket on May 26, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

We were dreading the move of the annual cricket event back to the end of May but fears today were unfounded. First day, sun beating down from clear blue sky and 28ºC

Scene shortly before 4pm. Beer was being consumed in very large quantities.

The scene is the Neville Cricket Ground in Tunbridge Wells, home of Tunbridge Wells Cricket Club and the venue for the match Kent CC v Sussex CC


Albufeira wildlife

In Albufeira on May 24, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Some of the tribe of cats that live up by the viewing platform over the Peneco beach. They were brought some food, which excited a few of them, but some were not too bothered!


Albufeira beach 24th May 2017

In Albufeira on May 24, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Hot and sunny day for late May, 26ºc but started to get a little cloudy around 430pm, which is when these pictures were taken on the main beach in town.


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Galé beach, Albufeira

In Albufeira on May 19, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Somer of you will know this area, which is about 3 miles to the west of Albufeira old town. I was going around the area, collecting information to update my area map (which shall be done over the weekend) and took some time out by the beach at Galé.

It was a sunny day, but quite windy. It was fairly busy for late May, temperature was around 24ºC when these pictures were taken at lunchtime.


Trip to Ferragudo 11th May 2017

In Algarve, Portugal on May 14, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

I needed a day out, so took the short trip over to Portimão and Ferragudo last Thursday. I have been to Portimão many times and taken a lot of pictures, so none of there. But I have been to Ferragudo only twice before, so decided to take a good look around.

The original fishing vllage is now dominated by a large amount of modern development up on the hill. Some of it is nice, some not, typical ‘urbanisations’ you can see almost anywhere. There are a couple of popular holiday resort complexes. Many people rent apartments and houses. There are two river beaches. A couple of km to the south is a large campsite and an ocean beach, the Praia dos Caneiros.

I have often wondered about the brown building that looks like a church that can be clearly seen from across the river. Now I know what it is!

It’s the Castelo São João de Arade. Originally built in the late 15th century, it was badly damaged in a storm in 1669. It was repaired in 1754 to once again serve as a fort protecting the port of Portimão. Some websites say it is open to the public, however it looked decidedly locked on the day of my visit. Certainly, with walls 5 or 6 metres high you won’t be jumping over into the garden.


It was a wet and windy day, although the worst held off until I was on my way back home. A couple of sample pictures below, the rest are in this album.


Ferragudo is on the River Arade, ‘opposite’ and a 10 – 15 minute bus ride from Portimão. There is also a little railway station called Ferragudo – Parchal about 1km from the village, a nice easy and flat walk. A water taxi connects the village with Praia da Rocha at Portimão Marina, also to the small quay at Portimão museum.


Back home, windy and cold in England

In Albufeira on May 11, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Back home after a few days in southern England, where it was very cold (never above 11ºC) and very windy AND my return flight was delayed 2hrs and 30 minutes.

Back here in Albufeira it is also very windy, but a lot warmer. A thunderstorm passed over this morning.


Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells May 2017

In Pictures from England on May 6, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,!Am0w7qp9HCpqgsJKnbzqJRfjn3i6Cg

A quick trip to the UK for a football related event and an excuse to drink huge amounts of proper beer. First few pictures are for rail fans. Taken on Friday 5th May at Tonbridge, they show the sidings at Tonbridge West Yard, which are mainly used as a base for infrastructure maintenance trains operated by GB Railfreight and Network Rail. Various trains were being assembled in advance a large project scheduled for the weekend. Four tracks are used to stable trains overnight.

There is also a snowplough based there, which probably hasn´t moved in years.

The actual station nearby sees twelve passenger trains every hour on weekdays and Saturdays heading to or from London, plus two on the cross country to Redhill.

The western end would be a modellers delight with two main tracks diverging sharply, a complicated set of points (switches) and the network of sidings between. The other direction would be rather more difficult as one set of tracks is dead straight for about 20 miles!

A couple of shots of Camden Road in Tunbridge Wells, one of the few remaining streets of independent shops in an English town of similar size.

In contrast, High Street has some very upmarket shops including a jewellers with £14,000 Cartier watches on display.