We now have a new video gallery page which we hope you’ll enjoy using. It includes How To videos, promotional pieces, some walking football pieces, travel clips and Algarve Festivals.
Apologies to any non football fans reading this, but I wanted to mark an occasion because of three key events;
- England scored six goals in a world cup match for the first time
- Harry Kane became only the third England player to score a hat-trick at a World Cup!
- Our friend’s daughter led the England and Panama teams out at the World Cup,
My friend Ravi entered his daughter Alysia into a competition run by KIA. There was a a total of 64 prizes to lead a team out in the 2018 World Cup in Russia spread throughout the world. They were amazed when Alysia actually won a place and she got the England/Panama gig!
Members of Brown’s Walking Football team (and WAG’s) were there (in Brown’s restaurant) to mark the event.
This is the result of a recent project – building a galvanised steel and polycarbonate sheet greenhouse. Originally intended for a xmas present for ‘Her Outdoors’ it took much longer to build than expected, mainly due to an injury sustained while playing walking football. Dangerous game!
Ask a question or leave a comment to let me know what you think of the greenhouse. Links to some of the materials bought from Leroy Merlin are provided below.
TOOLS AND MATERIALS
- Hammer drill
- Angle grinder
- Metal hole punch
- Assorted hand tools
We think we’ve been cheated. We have had over a week now with very little sun and not much in prospect in the next few days. Talking with friends, they are admitting to depression because of a lack of sun. I was wondering what I could do to bring some cheer to our friends and ourselves. Whilst looking through some old video material I’ve shot I found the solution. So here it is, enjoy!
Paderne is a typical village in the Algarve. To celebrate the history of the area, Paderne turns back the clock to Medieval times for four days over the festive period.
Thousands of visitors are attracted to the old centre of Paderne, where there’s a Medieval market, bars and stalls with delicious food, arts and crafts, exhibitions, musical performances, street theatre, a violent siege and a historical procession.
Where else can you travel back in time for the princely sum of a couple of euros!
We’ve had the pleasure of a visit from Glenn, son of Sundance for a few days, complete with his new DJI Mavic quadcopter. Good flying conditions in the UK are a rare occasion, particularly in the winter months, but here in Portugal we are much more fortunate.
The week provided some excellent opportunities; the Vilamoura Regatta and the Loule Carnaval the most notable. However, such public events are subject to restrictions on flying drones and indeed there are plans to bring in more regulations to control this emerging industry.
- Flight above 120 meters height
- Within controlled airspace
- Night flight (Sunset +25min till Sunrise -25min)
- Beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flight
- Drone weight +25Kg
- Over crowds (+12 persons).
No footage of the regatta or Carnival, but you can see some aerial footage of our garden…
THE OLDEST CARNIVAL IN PORTUGAL!
The flags were flying and the town was buzzing when we arrived on the third day of the Loulé Carnival. Steeped in more than a century of history the Carnaval is one of the must-see events of the Algarve calendar …. the riot of colour, vibrancy and spectacle is not to be missed even if the music can be deafening at times.
The theme for 2018 was “Carnaval Summit de Loulé”, a parody of the Lisbon Web Summit. But if you did miss it, here’s a little collaborative snapshot produced by Her Outdoors, Sundance and son of Sundance.
The Loulé Carnival has been held for more than a 100 years and was originally a pagan festival to herald the new spring. Carnival nowadays is celebrated predominantly by Catholics in the lead up to the start of Shrovetide (pre-Lent), the traditional Christian time for fasting.
The festivities these days are now mainly based on the style of the Brazilian Samba. However, the history of the event chronicles much mischief, offering people the opportunity to settle old scores, “by throwing cream pastries, eggs, flour and sandbags” designed to hurt or at least get the others dirty. There was also some elements of violence. including one person who burnt down a rival’s workshop!
The present day Carnival owes much to the Carnation Revolution of 1975 which got rid of the repressive system in place and opened up a more liberal climate in which the arts were able to flourish. Loulé Carnaval however, whilst embracing a style akin to Brazilian Samba, retains the essence of its historical traditions, focussing on political and “celebrity” caricatures and parodies. Among the characters parodied this year are Cristiano Ronaldo and his Golden Balls; Donald Trump and his Mexican Wall, Valdimir Putin hosting the 2018 World Cup, and Angela Merkel, dancing with the new Eurogroup president, Mário Centeno.
We’ve tried a number of times to make our own compost. Unfortunately the usual method of dumping all the garden waste, fruit and vegetable peelings into a pile and waiting is not very effective in the Portuguese climate. Even when Her Outdoors had me peeing on it every morning (urine as fertiliser!).
Her Outdoors therefore decided to do some research and discovered ‘hot composting’. Watch the video to see how we finally managed to produce high quality compost in 18 days.
With no significant rain from early May to November, Portugal has had it’s worst drought in over 20 years. Her Outdoors tried pleading, praying and dancing to break the dry spell. See her reaction as the heavens opened.
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