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Charitable support for our local Fire Brigade

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

Charitable support for our local Fire Brigade

Albufeira’s local fire brigade are mostly volunteers and part-timers. They do not receive anything like the required funds from the local authorities, so must embark on their own fund raising efforts.

I am a member of Balaia Bowls Club. That’s outdoor bowling on grass, not ten pin!

The Club’s chosen charity is that fire brigade. Most club members are permanent residents, so appreciate the work the firefighters do for the community. Several of Albufeira’s firefighters were recently drafted and sent to the centre and north of the country to assist local teams during the mass outbreaks of forest fires. All is now calm thankfully. But it goes to show how valuable they are to us

This year, the Club raised just over €10,000 for that cause. Here’s a picture from the official presentation at the end of October. The cheque was for monies raised during a 24 hour bowling marathon. The balance was made up through club fines (wrong bias!) also donations, raffles etc.

There’s some background and more pictures at http://www.albufeirabowls.com/News-and-Events/Balaia-Bowls-Club-Presentation-Bombeiros-311017-pictures.html

If you are a bowler looking for a game while on holiday, or just want to try your hand, we welcome visitors on Tuesdays and Friday mornings at 0945am for a 1000am start. We are open almost all year around. More information, contact details, location map etc at http://www.albufeirabowls.com/

We are located at Balaia Golf Village, a little to the east of Albufeira itself.

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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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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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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

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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.