Santas and Pyjamas in the Sea!

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas now without the annual ‘ Swim for Shoes’ Charity Event at Armação de Pêra beach. Hosted by the wonderful Holiday Inn Algarve hotel, this event raises much needed funds for charity by asking people to come and have a swim – or even just dip a toe in the water on Christmas Day.

Santa Swim Christmas 2014

This year so far they have raised over €1000 for new shoes for children in care. The money will be divided between two charities; A Gaivota, Santa Casa in Albufeira and Espaço Amigos in Armação de Pêra. Each child at school needs a pair of trainers and plimsolls and the money will be used to buy shoes during the year for the teenagers.  Continue reading

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2014 was a good year!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. It was a good year … and we’ve got lots of plans to make 2015 even more exciting!

Here’s an excerpt:

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 61,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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A very merry recycled Christmas

Everyone knows that Portimão is a cash-strapped council – so it was really nice to see that they decided to do something different this Christmas that didn’t cost the earth – literally!

Portimao Christmas recycled 2014

All of their decorations were made out of recycled plastic bottles – and they looked amazing!  Continue reading

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Charity Christmas Cards

An unashamed plug here!

SOS Algarve Animals Charity logo

They’re here! I am very proud to share these Christmas Cards with you – they are all printed and ready for you to purchase … and all the profits go straight to the SOS Algarve Animals Charity which is the charity we have chosen to sponsor this year. I was delighted to be asked to design their Christmas Cards for 2014 .. and hope you like my chosen designs! Both are Pet Portraits of rescue animals that the charity have been able to re-home .. with a little festive addition!

The charity relies entirely on donations and support for their much needed sterilisation campaigns to street animals and animals at risk of getting pregnant. They also operate a re-homing centre and have dogs, puppies, cats and kittens all in need of new loving forever families. They are a registered charity here on the Algarve doing valuable work to protect animals – so you can rest assured that all the profits from the Christmas Cards will be well used.

SOS Algarve Animals Charity Christmas Cards The cards are large A5 size luxury cards printed on high quality paper with nice envelopes! There are 2 designs to choose from – Harvey the dog and Molly the cat!  Continue reading

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The People of the Silves Medieval Fair 2014

The Medieval Fair at Silves is a must-see on the annual Algarve calendar for us – and what makes it so special are the people that we meet there each year. Some of them have become like friends to us – and many belong the wonderful Viv’Arte troupe that deliver such authentic performances and bring such life to the Fair:

Silves Medieval Fair 2014

So we thought we would share with you this year many of the faces and characters of the Fair – starting with our friend Laura .. and some of her friends …  Continue reading

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Shopping at the Silves Medieval Fair 2014 Market Stalls

It’s our favourite time of year again! The Silves Medieval Fair is in town and the beautiful city of Silves has been transformed:

Silves Medieval Fair 2014 Algarve Blog

We have blogged about this wonderful extravaganza for several years – here’s last year’s post Spectacular Medieval Fair at Silves and here was our post from 2011 Silves Medieval Fair

This year the tickets are even cheaper – just 2 Euros will get you in for the evening – and 4 Euros will buy you a Pulseira wristband that will get you entry for all 10 nights of the Fair. Shows are extra but still only 5 Euros for a ticket – it’s great value for money!  Continue reading

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Classic Cars in the Algarve

As is often the way in the Algarve, you happen to stumble upon something that you haven’t seen advertised anywhere! This was the case for us last Thursday when we went up to Monchique for an afternoon stroll and found ourselves surrounded by old 2CV cars!

Classic cars Algarve Blog

The posters suggested that something was happening! The event was organised by ‘The Marafados’ club which brings together 2CV lovers all over the Algarve – and reports suggest that over 100 cars from Portugal, Spain, France and the UK were at the event, which included talks, live music and lots of food over 3 days!  Continue reading

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