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Albufeira – sunny November days

In Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal on November 6, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Monday 6th November at lunchtime. Sun loungers still out, people enjoying the beach in 21ºC of sunshine. Not bad at all for early November. The couple of rainy days last week are almost forgotten!

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It rained!

In Albufeira, Algarve, the weather and things on November 3, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Last night (November 2nd) we had the first noticeable rain here since the middle of May. There were two or three heavy showers, including one just when I was about to go out of the door to meet some people in town. The local weather bureau reported that October 2017 was the hottest and driest October since modern records began 87 years ago. There was barely a day when it didn’t hit 30ºc (86F) which pleased the record numbers of tourists but not us who live here, watching almost everything green going brown and dying.

We still need a lot more rain through the winter to avert possible water supply problems next year. We did have a couple of short showers here earlier and a fairly evil looking cloud passed by to the south on its way to rain on people to the east of Albufeira.

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Short visit to UK

In Pictures from England on October 25, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

I have spent a few days in the UK, staying with friends in Eastbourne. Unfortunately most of the weather has been grey, raining and generally not very nice at all. Not worth removing camera from bag since the Tonbridge visit on Saturday. Returning home this evening.

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Visit to Tonbridge 21st October 2017

In Pictures from England on October 22, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Back in the old home town to see the people, drink far too much beer and watch a football match. It was a very windy day with frequent heavy showers courtesy of Storm Brian.

Some pictures at https://1drv.ms/i/s!Am0w7qp9HCpqguwryr-6gcQDnRlUeQ

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Tonbridge Castle

The gatehouse is the substantial remains of the 11th Century castle that protected the important bridge that crosses the River Medway.

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Trip to Messines Saturday 14th October

In Algarve, Portugal on October 16, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , , ,

Trip to Messines Saturday 14th October

Off to Messines to see my local football team, Imortal Albufeira, play in a local League match. It’s an easy trip for me as I can take a bus 50 metres / yards from my apartment all the way there.

São Bartolomeu de Messines, to give it its full name, is a town of about 8,000 people 23km (14.5 miles) north of Albufeira. It’s decidedly not touristy! It is among wooded hills on the edge of the ‘populated’ area of the Algarve. There is not a lot further north.

The hills from the railway.

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The town itself has a very old part near the church, which dates from 1716 and thus survived the earthquake of 1755.

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See the cracks in the marble though!

This is a well kept building by the church.

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And there is this little place to sit.

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Narrow streets, with a lot of empty and derelict buildings as is so common in many small towns.

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The more modern parts are fairly well kept however. The town has a little railway station, four trains go every day to Lisbon, three come back. The old station building and platform are no longer used, there are no station staff. The building is now used to house communications equipment.

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The modern station is not much used and weeds are not being being cleared.

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The neat football ground is fairly new, having replaced an older more basic facility elsewhere in town. it has a synthetic grass surface with a bewildering array of markings for 11-a side and small side pitches for the boys (girls football? Not here!) to play their games on. Before the start, a few players warming up.

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The scene at the bar at half time.

The match itself was horrible, we lost 1-0 despite them having had a player sent off after 25 minutes. Always lose to them it seems.

High above the town, modern windmills swish around, generating electricity.

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If you have half a day to spare, the trip out by car or bus (even train!) is fairly pleasant. There is a small indoor market every morning except Sundays and religious holidays. The ‘main street’ has a few places in which to eat and drink should you so wish. There are two small supermarkets in the centre should you prefer to take a picnic into the wilds.

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Messines 14th October

In Algarve, Portugal on October 16, 2017 by cubsur51

Some words and a few pictures later from my Saturday trip to São Bartolomeu de Msssines (Messines) a town half an hour from here on the bus.

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Trip to Lagos Thursday 5th October 2017

In Algarve, Portugal, soccer on October 8, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

My trip to Lagos last Thursday (5th October, Republic Day holiday here) would have been better if :

(a) I had remembered to put a memory card in my new camera. It won’t take pictures without one not like the other one could;
(b) it hadn’t been quite so hot!
(c) we hadn’t lost 4-1!

Still I popped off a few of pictures of Lagos using my phone, just to give a small flavour of October in the sunshine. The weather here is still as in high summer, daytime temperatures are around 6º higher than the average for this time of year, even hitting 30ºC once or twice. As I write today from Albufeira at 1030am local it is 24ºC.

A couple of samples below, about 10 others at

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Lagos Marina

 

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The riverside ‘Esplanade’ in Lagos.