Albufeira beach 10th March 2019

In Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal on March 11, 2019 by cubsur51 Tagged:

With the temperature 21ºC, it was more like early summer than the middle of March. There were plenty of people on the beach and in the sea.


Marina and Windmill Hill

In Albufeira on February 27, 2019 by cubsur51 Tagged:

Marina and Windmill Hill from the far side of Cerro D’Águia taken yesterday afternoon. It was slightly misty.


Albufeira in mid summer?

In Albufeira on February 25, 2019 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

No, today 25th February.


One more picture from Larne

In Northern Ireland on February 25, 2019 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Sunday morning 17th February. Probably what a lot of you think Ireland is like most of the time!



Belfast visit – a few more pictures

In Northern Ireland on February 21, 2019 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Although most of the weekend was spent partying, we did as part of the proceedings enjoy a walking ‘Tour and Taste’ walk around Belfast city centre.  Starting at St George´s Market, pictured below on a Sunday afternoon.

There was a quick visit to City Hall

Where we saw this poster from many years ago. For many years, Irish politics was bitterly divided over the question of ‘Home Rule’ and to some extent still is.

Belfast has its own ‘leaning tower’ – the Albert clock tower.

And yes it was a rainy day when we tried to get to the Giant’s Causeway. Another day perhaps. A lot of people would think this typical of Ireland

but later in the day the weather improved and I was able to take a short walk along the Coast Road north of Larne.


Giant’s Causeway – nearly!

In Northern Ireland on February 20, 2019 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Our ‘free’ day in Northern Ireland on Monday and we arranged a trip to the Giant’s Causeway. Started off in nice weather but by the time we got there the wind was howling and the rain coming in horizontal. This was as close as we managed. The site itself is around that headland, almost a mile from where we were already getting very wet.


Some more pictures of my trip, including some of Belfast, later.


White squirrel seen and more of Eastbourne

In Animals, Pictures from England on February 14, 2019 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

I had heard of albino white squirrels but until yesterday had never seen one. This one was skittering about all over the place, but eventually remained still long enough for me to grab this picture.


Several of its grey cousins were around. They are so used to humans that they approach visitors, holding out their paws. This one was soon devouring its reward.

Pictures taken in Gildredge Park in Eastbourne, Sussex. It was a sunny February day, about 9ºC.



After that, the Lamb Inn which dates from the year 1180 although obviously this is not the original building!


Just along the road is the parish church of Eastbourne, St Mary the Virgin, parts of which date from the late 12th century.

Eastbourne-130219-010Some more Eastbourne. The area to the west of the town centre has the more agreeable suburbs that grew in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Part of the town history says that during that time the townspeople lobbied the railway company not to have cheap fares to Eastbourne so as to deter the low classes from coming down.

Eastbourne-130219-013Also west of the town is the Royal Eastbourne golf course, founded in 1887. Parts of the course offer fine views over the town.

Eastbourne-130219-015Eastbourne-130219-016The old and the new side by side. Having taken this picture, I cannot figure out which church this on the skyline!


The seafront and pier were busy with people enjoying the very pleasant afternoon sunshine.