Silves Medieval – Part 2

We promised you that we would return and take more shots for you .. so here they are!

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This lovely lady – the enchanting Magda (above) – is going to find herself on the front cover of an Algarve magazine next month as a result of this photograph by Dave – it’s fabulous isn’t it!

Algarve Blog Silves Medieval Fair 2017

And one of our favourite actors (above) never fails us with a commanding shot with such a focused expression … so many of the actors have become friends now which makes it a real privilege to be allowed to photograph them all so easily. Continue reading

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The 2017 Silves Medieval Fair

It’s our favourite time of year (again!)

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The Silves Medieval Fair is up and running .. and of course we were there as soon as it opened with our cameras for you.

Algarve Blog Silves Medieval Fair 2017

We have blogged about this many times before, and to be honest the format and content is pretty much the same as in previous years, so if you want to know more about the nuts and bolts of it all, just use the Search facility on the right hand side of the page, type in Silves and you will find all of our previous posts. Continue reading

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ACCA’s annual charity request for children

Children’s charity ACCA has started its annual drive to ensure that youngsters across the Algarve can start the new school year with confidence … and with the basic essentials to help them achieve. And our help is needed!

Although the government here does provide text books for the poorest, it does not supply children with the simple, everyday materials that are also vital to support the learning process.

ACCA Back to School Charity poster

Every year, ACCA increases its back-to-school programme in an attempt to help as many children as possible – in 2016 the charity gave out 841 back packs, filled with those all-important essentials and this year hopes to beat that figure. Continue reading

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Centro de Saúde Healthcare in Portugal

“Ooh I couldn’t live abroad – what about healthcare?!” We have heard that said to us so many times before, and people often quote the need for having private healthcare as a pre-requisite for being able to live here in Portugal – which we have never had.

We’re just regular people on the normal state healthcare system here as residents .. although I have never actually had to use my ‘Documento de Identificação do Utente do SNS’ before .. until yesterday!

After a late night walk with our little dog on Sunday night, and having a shocking experience with two feral cats attacking us – my leg certainly came off worse with a series of nasty scratches and bites, and it was obvious that at the very least I knew that I would need a tetanus shot.

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Silves Medieval Mural art

The city of Silves has been busy brightening up its streets thanks to the brilliant grafitti art work of Hélder José (known as ‘Bamby’), and Filipe Gusmão, of Style Spectrum:

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They have been busy transforming the area in front of the Municipal Library, near to the Praca Al-Muthamid gardens – and the results are fabulous. Continue reading

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Cancer Charity Golf Day in June

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We would like to share a very special event with you which Dave Sheldrake Photography, together with our friends at Chilli Pepper Productions and other local companies, are proud to be sponsoring this June.

The event is organized by Niamh’s Next Step Neuroblastoma Cancer Charity. The charity was set up 5 years ago when the parents of Niamh Curry lost their little girl to this terrible disease. Niamh had battled tirelessly with her Mum, Dad and sister against this childhood cancer for the last 18 months of her life, but unfortunately lost her life. Her family decided that they wanted to set up a charity to provide a legacy for their daughter and to help other children and families who were going through the same terrible ordeal.

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The White Storks are nesting

The magnificent sight of a White Stork in full flight is one of the most amazing sights for us here in the Algarve.

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Although we know a little about these beautiful birds, who are believed to bring good luck and fertility to the home over which it built its nest, we thought we would research them a little more – and found out some very interesting facts about them. Continue reading

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