Weekend Fun

Another weekend over and we seem to pack a lot into ours!
On Saturday we noticed that Ramos is getting on nicely with the redecoration of his restaurant Servi Vau, so we stopped to book a table for the first evening – next Wednesday.
He just has a little more to finish, including some decoration outside which will be made from Cork trees that are native to the region. He had the trunks of cork on the terrace and it’s great to see the cross cut which shows the wood vs the cork bark.

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On Sunday we were faithful to our rastro religion and went to the largest in the region at Lagoa which is only a 15 minute scooter ride away.

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It was extremely busy and filled a lovely sunny Sunday morning. On our way back to the aire we explored around the coast, finding some beautiful secluded beaches.

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Yesterday evening was our much awaited for trip to see the Hunan Chinese Acrobatic Circus at the Portimao arena.
It was amazing to see…about 90 minutes of a variety of different scenes, acrobatics, juggling, the new style of unicycles which are just a wheel with pedals either side (no saddle to sit on), and some flown acts with suspended hoop, and ribbons.
Sadly my photos do not do it justice but we both really enjoyed ourselves. It was made even better because there were a few errors but they immediately tried again, but you could see how much effort it took them to perform.
One couple in particular stood out when the guy lifted the woman up from the floor onto his shoulders and she stood on one point (ballet style) on his shoulder.

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Breda & Borut hit town.

Another few days have passed and we’ve been joined by our Slovenian friends Breda and Borut. We met them last year when they parked next to us at Mijas and immediately got on, passing quite a few hours chatting about this and that.
They even came and visited us at home when they were on their way through to Slovenia. So its lovely to see them again…. more beers and the odd glass of wine, not to mention the food….. special Slovenian desserts made by Breda, and I have introduced them to our favourite couscous.

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We’ve also had some great walks on the beach…. with beautiful sunsets.

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But I think the best view of the week was when another motor home parked to the side of us, and I managed to get this photo….. she was oblivious to anyone else looking at her hair……In rollers and a hair net!! I didn’t know that they still made them!!

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Runaway Car!

We did our usual Sunday morning thing of worshipping the great god Rastro…. luckily the weather held out but the numbers of stallholders was down I think because the sky was so threatening.

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But more exciting this afternoon was that as we were sat having a coffee in Praia de Rocha, a parked Mercedes decided to slip its handbrake and run away.
With the recent news from Glasgow and more recently Bath with runaway vehicles I think that it was incredibly lucky that in this instance which we were witness to, no one was injured.
The car was parked at the top of a road, which is a fairly steady hill.

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It smashed over 3 metal bollards.

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Then narrowly avoided a parked car, but hit another car which was coming up the hill.

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Then it proceeded to mount the kerb,  and stayed on it going down the hill.
Lucky there was no one on the pavement, or coming out of the small supermarket that it went past, but the car that had just turned into the road, to come up the hill, was a police car! 
Despite flashing their lights the Mercedes didn’t stop, but crashed straight into them.

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Needless to say that the owner looked fairly shocked when he made an appearance….. I think he’d just parked up for a few minutes while he popped into a local cafe.
Reckon that it’s the most expensive coffee he’ll have in a while!!

We’re going to the Circus!

Well… The Chinese Hunan acrobatic circus is here in Portimao next Sunday, so my wonderful husband has bought tickets for it! How exciting!!!
We had a lovely Valentines day yesterday, with beautiful cards and a BLT breakfast roll after our early morning dance to our song….. Roachford singing ‘Only to be with you’.
Then a trip to a local car boot and market followed by spending the rest of the day together and celebrating with a bottle of our favourite Jalon Valley wine in the evening.
Can’t quite believe that this was our 13th Valentines day together – but I am looking forward to many more!!

Where does the time go?

Several days since my last post…. not sure where they went…although we lost a whole day to rain on Tuesday, severe rain!
I had to pop out in between the downpours with Mutley who hates the wet. Our position on the aire means that we have the perfect view of incoming vans and also the water filling station which is always good with the morning dance of at least 4 big motor homes trying to manoeuvre and not crash, not to mention the queue jumpers! Keeps us amused anyway!
So the rest of the days we’ve done the usual…. trips out for coffee and toast, trips out for coffee and cake…..you can get the idea!

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Hubby at Alvor harbour.

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Sunset on the beach.

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Mutley on the beach!

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For Sale – slight work required!

A lot more to Portimao than you think.

As a prequel to the celery supermarket mission this morning we walked around the town centre of Portimao and discovered that it’s much nicer than the first impression.

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We stopped at a small cafe (just one of the many that line the streets), but at least this one had all the lights on. It seems to be a very popular way for the shops to save money by hardly ever having the shops and caf├ęs lit.
Some will turn on the lights once they have customers through the door – a significant sign of the ever present crisis that Portugal is going through.

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I particularly like the serviette holder…. very apt for us motor homers!!
We also found these cakes on display…. A pig with suckling piglets –

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And a fish! All very creative.

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We also stumbled across an exhibition of work by textile artist Lena Vansteelant. Amazing work on huge pieces, so detailed, I would have easily bought at least three of them.

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And this one which I think is my favourite….

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The celery hunt continues!

When we met up with Neil and Lesley in Spain we shared some tapas style evenings and celery was served as a dipping implement.
Celery is normally something I recall from my childhood as being tough and stringy…. but this was sweet and very tasty. So we found a new love!
However….for some strange reason, the Portuguese don’t seem to know about it. We managed to get some once, and to our shame can’t recall which of the many supermarkets we found it in…….so now we’re on a quest, which I have to admit has been going on for the past few days now to buy some more and make a note of where we bought it.
You’d think that as the Portuguese love their soups that you can buy it anywhere as it’s a feature of most basic stocks and stews.
So we will see…. more about it when we return!
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Right! Mission accomplished!! Thanks to Intermarche.

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