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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Organic Produce in the Park

Organic produce market Portimão

Following on from our recent blog post about Yarn Bombing in Portimão in the small but pretty Largo December 1 gardens in Portimão, we were contacted about an organic produce market that takes place there every Saturday from 9.30 to 2pm. We were intrigued, and so the next free Saturday morning that we had, we went over to Portimão to have a look.  Continue reading

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Keeping cool on a hot day in the Monchique

The temperature here has been soaring lately – it’s regularly 32 – 34 degrees – and it’s only the beginning of May!

Sometimes it can be nice to go and lie on a beach and enjoy the sun – but equally it can be a real treat to find somewhere cooler to go and relax for while. When the temperature starts to soar, you can usually find us in our car driving up to Monchique to cool off a bit! I’ve previously blogged about the town of Monchique before – you can read about it here Spotlight on Monchique

Algarve Blog Caldas de Monchique

This time we decided to drop off at Caldas de Monchique on the way, and avoiding the usual tourist venues, we walked up to the peaceful and tranquil wooded picnic area above the main square.  Continue reading

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