Taking a Break

Well we have been busy! Moving house is not for the faint-hearted out here – but we are delighted with our move to the beautiful, unspoilt and peaceful west coast … and with beaches like this on our doorstep .. can you blame us?!

Monte Clerigo Beach - Dave Sheldrake Photography

We have been writing this blog for eight years now .. and we have decided to take a break for a while and then decide what to do next …

Fear not .. we will keep the blog ‘live’ and all of the content is still here for you to read and research through – why not use the search button or the categories on the right if you need to find out something specific?

Praia Amoreira - Dave Sheldrake Photography

Thank you to all of you that have supported us over the last eight years.

And we will be back in touch soon … hopefully with new plans, new ideas – and some exciting news!

 

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Kat the Dog at the vets

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.

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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.

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10 Facts about the Carnation Revolution you may not know

  1. The 25th April is a national holiday, also known as ‘Freedom Day’ (Portuguese:’Dia da Liberdade‘)

 

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

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Loulé Carnival 2018

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.

Loule Carnival 2018 Dave Sheldrake Algarve Blog

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

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Madrugada in the Algarve

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.

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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

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Algarve Art

New Website, Algarve Society of Artists and Algarve Art! Magazine Launched

You might have been wondering what we have been up to lately as the blog has been a bit quieter than normal (sorry about that – normal service is resuming!) – well Alyson has been extremely busy with the exciting launch of new arts project here in the Algarve.

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Her brand new ‘Algarve Art’ venture was launched here in the Algarve in the autumn, combining a new website promoting art and artists of all genres, a new Algarve Society of Artists, and a unique Algarve Art! quarterly online art magazine. Continue reading

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The Living Statues come to life again

The Rua 25 de Abril and the Largo 5 Outubro in Lagoa were once again filled with the magical spectacle of the Living Statues at Christmas.

The Estátuas Vivas no Natal project is now in its third year of visiting Lagoa, and we were happy to be there again and we also invited Dave’s Photography Walk group to join us too.

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Palm Beach Restaurant Exceeded our Expectations

We are big fans of the Holiday Inn Algarve, so we were obviously intrigued to hear they were responsible for refurbishing the old and dilapidated Palm Beach snack bar right on the beach at Armação de Pêra. Dave was asked to go along and photograph the fabulously re-built restaurant venue when it opened earlier this summer, and he reported back that they had done an amazing job – so we were doubly keen to go along with friends and see what all the fuss was about!

Palm Beach Restaurant Armação de Pêra.

We actually took friends along with us who had been huge fans of the old snack bar – a real litmus test for the new restaurant, which is obviously looking to cater to a different market, with a fine menu of delicious sounding food and an excellent wine menu to match. Continue reading

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Best Expat Blog Portugal Award

Well that was a nice surprise yesterday – we received an e-mail from MoneyTransferComparison.com letting us know that we had won their award of ‘Best Expat Blog – Portugal’ for 2017!

Here’s what they posted about our award:

Best Expat Blog Award Portugal 2017

Well how nice is that! Their website explained that “We have gathered the best expat blogs of 2017 below. For each destination, we have conducted extensive research and came up with one blog that we believe is the very best for expats relocating there.” Continue reading

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