The “Safe Village – Safe People” programme has been launched which outlines self-protection measures for the population in the event of a rural fire affecting people and their homes.
Following a recent meeting between Safe Communities Portugal (SCP) and the Secretary of State for Civil Protection, a publication in English has been produced that covers a number of important topics including action to take: if a fire approaches your home; if you get surrounded by a fire; if you are near a fire; if you are confined inside a building, and action in case of evacuation. For those living in high risk areas the recommendation is to have an evacuation kit available.
Although this may sound dramatic, it is a fact that fires have been gradually encroaching into rural areas over the last few years hence the change of name from “forest” to “rural”. It’s therefore better to be prepared. Continue reading
For those of you that know us well – you will know that we adopted a little rescue dog over three years ago now. Kat is a Spanish Water Dog; she is a beautiful sweet girl, and she is a very important part of our family, and much loved.
We are sharing this post to give you some important links and recommendations, as well as letting you know what has happened as it may help someone else and their dog too.
We had used the same vets here in the Algarve since we adopted Kat. Almost a year ago we noticed a fatty lump appear on her back and mentioned it to the vet. “Oh, that’s ok, it’s just a fatty lump, just keep an eye on it” we were told. Fast forward to last November when her annual jabs were due, and a different vet at the practice glanced at it again but didn’t seem at all bothered by it, joking that as she was a ‘little bit’ overweight, that was where the fat had come from in the lump.
- The 25th April is a national holiday, also known as ‘Freedom Day’ (Portuguese:’Dia da Liberdade‘)
- On the 25th April 1974 what initially began as a military coup to overthrow the Estado Novo (‘New State’) regime, was supported by an unprecedented civil campaign of resistance, resulting in the fall of the Estado Novo, and ended the rule of Marcello Caetano, who had assumed the country’s leadership from dictator António Salazar five years earlier.
- The ‘Carnation Revolution’ (Portuguese ‘Revolução dos Cravos ‘) is so called because almost no shots were fired and when the people took to the streets to celebrate the end of the dictatorship, carnations were put into the muzzles of rifles and pinned onto the uniforms of the army.
Can it really be five years ago that we blogged about gaining our 5 year Certificado de Registo?! – see this post – R is for Residency – for more information about that process, as if you are a national of a European Union country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland and you remain in Portugal for a period of more than three months, you must request a Registration Certificate (Certificado de Registo) from the Local Câmara or Council of your area of residence. This document formalises your right to reside in Portugal.
After you have held a registration certificate for five consecutive years, you can request a Permanent Residence Certificate (Certificado de Residência Permanente) from the Foreigners and Borders Service or SEF (Serviço de Estrageiros e Fronteiras); which lasts for ten years and is renewable.
Well we knew that much information … so off we went to start the process .. and this post is the result of all of our research, teeth-grinding, hang-wringing and long periods of waiting. Be warned .. it’s a long post and that seems about right for the process we went through .. one that, in theory, should be quite simple to execute.
But the good news is … at the end of this … we are now ‘legal’ for the next ten years! So don’t give up hope!! Continue reading
The Oldest Carnival in the country – and surely the best! Loulé Carnival is back in town and it is as vibrant and colourful and lively as ever.
This year the dates were moved to the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday … and yes that caught us out! Dave was on hand as always to take photographs of the event for you all, and even managed to set up a Photo Walk at the same time.
Entry is still only 2€ which has to be the best value – over two and half hours of music, dancing, parades and floats, and the most amazing spectacle. Continue reading
The Madrugada Associação has provided palliative care and support to over 100 people and their loved ones in the Algarve since 2009. They are based in Praia da Luz, and they offer support throughout illness and beyond, to people in the Algarve who are affected by a life limiting illness. Their specialist clinical team provide home-based end of life care to those who prefer to spend their remaining days in their own home.
The Madrugada Centre in Praia da Luz helps people and those who are important to them, to manage the challenges of life limiting illness through counselling, therapeutic and creative activities, complementary therapies, advice and education.
We have chosen them to be our ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2018, so we went along to their centre to meet the President Carol Spires, and the Vice President, John Hough, to find out more about them and their work. Continue reading