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A Travel Back in Time

View across Guadiana to Sanlucar, Spain
Church in Querenca
Free camp between Pereiro and Alcoutim

One of the first trips we took in our new (to us) camper van, was to explore the area that borders Spain. Our route took in Loule, Querenca, Cachopo, Martinlongo and Alcoutim where we discovered a zip wire that is ‘The Only Cross-Border Zip line in the World’  and crosses the Guadiana river between Spain and Portugal. It also allows you to travel back in time!

Now ‘Her Outdoors’ has many wonderful traits, quirks and enlightened world  views. But what I really love is her sense of adventure and her ‘try anything’ attitude.  So her suggestion of “can we try the zip wire” came as no surprise. Here’s the result…

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Quinta Views

It’s quite a time since we were able to post any new blogs, due to being busy building a fire pit in the garden and also having a hugely enjoyable family visit from son Glenn, daughter Sam and partner Tony and their son Garak.

Glenn and I had a lot of fun playing with his new toy, a DJI Phantom Quadcopter. We have some rough cut pieces from a test flights we managed to do around our property, when the wind and the baking sun allowed us.

Goodbye Old Friend (the video)

It is with great sadness that we have to say a fond farewell to a dear old friend. Thankfully it was a swift end…

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Goodbye Old Friend

It is with a sad heart that Her Outdoors and I have to say goodbye to a much loved friend. She has been an important part of our lives for what seems a lifetime, but is actually only seven short years. But what a seven years! We’ve travelled together, slept together, upset our neighbours, had many a scrape and had lots of adventures. She gave me my ‘Sundance’ nickname (I’d gone 60 years without one before meeting her!). She even helped us move to Portugal.

Chefchouan Campsite, Morrocco

We have travelled  much with her. She’s taken us far and wide, since our first meeting in a very cold and wintery Wales in 2010. She’s been with us from the Western Highlands of Scotland to the most southwesterly point of Europe. even to Africa. And what adventures she’s seen and caused – besieged by drug dealers, getting lost many times, encounters with the police, getting stuck in tight places and the unforgettable bomb scare outside the Ministry of Justice in Seville, Spain.

She’s taken us to many interesting places; the French Alps, Italian Lakes, Scottish Highlands, Edinburgh Festival, Moroccan Souks, Slovenia, the Alhambra in Granada, the Palaces in Sintra. We’ve been skiing and even enjoyed a couple of music festivals with her.

The French Alps
Shelagh, Sundance & Natalie’s kids

She’s also been very kind to friends and family. She’s picked them up at the airport, housed them when our house was full, been there at family picnics, gone shopping. She’s provided excitement for Shelagh (sadly departed and much missed mother of ‘Her Outdoors’) and weekend trips for language students and Australian friends. She’s transported timber for sheds and patios, furniture, motorbikes not to mention what seems like thousands of plants.

Bomb Scare, Ministry of Justice, Seville

It’s not all been fun though. She was instrumental in causing the bomb scare in Seville and she’s let us down a few times. She stranded us on a remote beach in Portugal when we had to get assistance. There was that incident on the Moroccan motorway that caused some damage… the penalty charge for the Dartford crossing… and her annual checkups and charges. There was also that expensive ‘accident’ at Sainsbury’s, not to mention the latest encounter in Portuguese  car wash which ultimately caused the fatality…

We are going to miss you Sundance, our beloved motorhome. RIP (Rust in peace.)

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Palm Tree Pruning

We have a number of palm trees around the garden, but the one right in front of the house was unsightly, made a mess on the paths when it shed it’s fruit and was quite noisy in windy conditions. ‘Her Outdoors’ decided to call in the professionals as trimming palms can be quite dangerous as there have been several fatalities over the years. Also, my life insurance cover had lapsed, but she did say I that I will be allowed to trim the Dwarf Palms. I shot the pruning process and then produced a promo video for CCServicos.net.

College Videos – FMP’s ’99 – ’05

2003 – 2005
How to Boil an Egg Lifestyle Emily Zubak & Andrew Vickery
The Interview Drama James Townsend Peter Yianni
Reflections Drama John Farrand & Paul Clarkson
Hearts & Minds Experimental Kelly Zarins & Simon Curran
Magenta Music Vid Magenta Jordan Paul Clarkson
Black Milk Drama Michael Jump & Andrew Vickery
2004 – 2006
Class of 2006 Docu
Fairy Trail Live/Anim Rachel McCallion & Katie Orman
I Said Goodbye Drama Sam Ebrahim & Jake Ellis
Jims Day Out Comedy Tamar Riley & Carl Brown
Looking In… Comedy Katie Orman & Rachel McCallion
Roundabout Drama Liam Fitzpatrick & Ollie Gould
Stolen Drama Jack Smithies & James Futcher
Will I Forever Lie Drama Joe Lofthouse
2005 – 2007
Bruce Brill Spoof Doc Bruce Gill & Ben North
Dear Diary Drama Sharon Watson
Down To Earth Drama Jodie Dyson & Dan Petty
Inner Skin Photo Essay Zoe Hillas
My Name is Jack Drama Sarah Green & Levi Pinder
Parkour Docu Rob Sheard & Josh Haycock
Picture Perfect Drama Lauren Gibson & Kyle Warwick
The Batley Frontier Docu Debbie Crewe & Josh Haycock
2006 – 2008
Presentation intro Intro
Class of 2008 Docu Jess Chisolm & Tahran Sloan
Circle of Life Drama Jacob Armitage & Tom Burrows
Mirror Image Drama Simon Reilly, Kyle Augustine
Pick Up The Pieces Music Doc Jay Petherbridge & Dan Nicholson
Space Dust Sci-Fi
Time Starved Docu
2007 – 2009
Her Fathers Daughter Drama Nick Cawthra & Hugo Conroy
Half Biscuit Drama Ashley Walker & Graham Runton
Gamble Drama
Suits and Cases Docu Iola Dodd & Brendan Kenny
Justice Docu Louis Thelier & Owen Griffiths
Slideshow Photo Doc Sarah Heaton