Posts Tagged ‘personal’


I have been not well!

In Albufeira on January 16, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged:

A week of ‘flu like symptoms, unable to eat or even drink without extreme throat pain. The only advantage of being ill like this is that you spend no money and lose a lot of weight. I am starting to feel better and hope to return to normal by the weekend.


New machine!

In Uncategorized on December 22, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

What an exciting life us retired people lead! Anyway, I went to the store on Tuesday. Saw what I had found on their website, a very helpful staff member had everything arranged within a few minutes.

New machine in and working. I cannot fault the store service. Delivery was scheduled for Thursday afternoon, had my ‘warning’ text message saying they would be there in half an hour and they were, exactly. New machine unpacked, moved into very tight space, all sorted, old one removed.

Did an empty test run early as advised and a wash load later, all seems very efficient and electronic not clockwork like the old one and it has a bigger drum within the same size box. Now for the 27 page operating manual! There are 15 washing programs plus a few other control buttons. It’s a Becken (an in-house brand of that store chain) and the manual is in numerous languages including English.

Hours of harmless fun coming up, not that I am fit enough to do anything else just now. Early over indulgence has had its effect. Must take it easy for a few days.


Very good weather coming to an end?

In Albufeira,Sports general on March 13, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

We have had several days of very good weather, daytime temperature reached 26ºC on Saturday, way above average for the time of year. Our visitors from Crediton Bowls Club on Friday enjoyed a similar day .

Today is a little cooler at only 15.6ºC at 1135am (about average for the time of year) and there is rain coming for tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday.


More soon!

In Computers and Internet on March 1, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged:

WordPress has been messing me about, as has Google Chrome which arbitrarily decides I have ‘no internet connection’ every so often, usually when I am the middle of doing something. A ‘known issue’ I have read.


Lunchtime in the Algarve, January 2017

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

A group of us went for lunch on Wednesday at a place in Algoz. After the main courses(s) we moved out onto the terrace for more wine, desserts and coffee. Very nice it was too.

Lunch in Algoz 8 January 2017


Not much going on, I am still alive!

In Albufeira,Computers and Internet on January 16, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

It’s a quiet time of year, people slowly recovering from the excesses of Christmas and New year celebrations. There are a few long stay winter holidaymakers here, currently enjoying the sunshine. It hasn’t rained here for a month and although it getting colder (14C today as iw rite) it is still a lot better than Northern Europe and Canada.

On more mundane notes, my laptop ncomputer has failed and is currently being repaired. More money,more expense. And Hewlett Packard’s devious method of preventing the use of replacement print cartridges means I cannot print until I go to the shop and fork out €€ € for a genuine one.

Oh and why is so slow to respond at times? First log in often takes three or four minutes.

Added – there must be something wrong with the sea today! I went down to the bus stop and the ornamental pond thing was full of gulls, washing their feathers and having a paddle. That dolphin will need another cleaning job soon. (The fountains were switched off by the way.) Apologies for quality, taken with phone. The white buildings behind are the doomed Oceanville resort complex.




Last day of 2016 – updated again

In Albufeira on December 31, 2016 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Horrible scenes in the Cavern on New Year’s Eve and some shots of the firwork display.


I had to go out for a a short while this afternoon so I took the camera with me. Bright sunshine, about 15C, a little windy and the light was very good. In town, final preparations were under way for the big New Year’s Eve event. A few pictures I took.

The rest here :

An eventful year! Thanks to everyone who visits for the many positive comments and feedback. I hope your 2017 will be a good one. For me, the milestone of birthday number 65 will be reached in September and Her Majesty’s Government will be giving me lots of extra money to spend on beer!

The big New Year’s Eve event here in Albufeira attracts tens of thousands for the music and midnight firework show. The weather forecast is good, so depending on the amount of this I get down tonight, I may have some pictures to show tomorrow.


Happy New Year in advance.