Green vest

There’s nothing quite like being beside the seaside, is there? Unless, perhaps it’s August, it’s mind-bogglingly hot and swarms of tourists can be found around every corner! But I’m not complaining, of course not ūüėČ We popped into Portimao yesterday to have a wander around and a refreshing glass of orange juice at Pastelaria Arade. Then we stopped for a little while to admire the boats. It really is wonderful down there. But oh so hot. So very hot. Because… Read more »

I love English garden centres and I really wish someone would open one here in the Algarve! You know the kind ‚Äď they’re usually huge, they sell everything (not just plants) and there’s always a fabulous coffee shop to boot. The closest thing we have to that is Giga Garden centre in Guia. There’s no coffee shop though (bummer). Anyway, we took a drive down there last week to buy a few plants for our new garden planter. We forgot… Read more »

Traditional Portuguese Architecture

A the moment, hubby and I are obsessed with traditional Portuguese architecture. The plans for our new house are currently being drawn up and so every time we spot something interesting, we simply must take photos. Last week, we took a stroll through the old part of Portimao (our nearest city), taking in the beauty of tiled exterior walls, pretty front doors, Juliette balconies and everything else associated with traditional Portuguese architecture. You might remember me mentioning lovely old buildings… Read more »

P√£o do Rogil

Follow my blog with Bloglovin A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that hubby and I, along with some good friends, headed up to the west coast for the day. Our first stop was to the¬†Cafe P√£o do Rogil, a cafe bakery in the small town of Rogil. If you’re ever in that neck of the woods, I would highly recommend this place, especially if you like cakes!   Cafe P√£o do Rogil specialises in¬†traditional custard tarts (pasteis de nata… Read more »

After a dodgy week, last weekend we had a lovely day out enjoying the warmth of the¬†sun on the Algarve’s west coast. The dodgy week was primarily due to me killing my MacBook Pro with beer.¬†Okay, so it’s not entirely dead. It’s currently in hospital having the keyboard replaced – which is going to cost around 600 euros. Eek! That’s a mistake I won’t make again. Note, keep bottles of beer away from computer while reading recipes online :/ Not… Read more »

A night in Lisbon

Last weekend we spent a night in Lisbon. We’d been invited to a friend’s place for a birthday party which was great fun. It was also the perfect opportunity to practise my Portuguese, considering most party-goers weren’t English speaking. I know, I know what you’re thinking. I’ve lived here 31 years, why does she need to practise her Portuguese? The thing is, I rarely get to speak the language. Sounds completely insane, right? Most of our close friends are foreigners… Read more »

Buying a car in Portugal

Buying a car in Portugal can be a little tedious. It’s not the buying process that’s a problem, it’s finding the right car at the right price that’s so tedious. You see, second hand cars (and new ones, actually) are notoriously expensive here. You certainly have to be prepared to travel to get the right vehicle. Buying a car in Portugal Last week we took a day trip to Oporto to have a look at a second hand car. Oporto… Read more »

After six weeks away on holiday, I‚Äôm finally home. I‚Äôve had the most wonderful time in Scotland¬†and England¬†and think I actually left a little bit of my heart in that part of the world (Scotland). It was the first time I‚Äôd ever visited and I was absolutely blown away by the place. It‚Äôs mind-blowingly beautiful – a bit like a smaller version of Canada (our other favourite place). During the first week, we started at Inverness and then took in… Read more »

I’m very late in doing this (it’s 11.30pm on Christmas Eve!), but I just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!¬†I’m having a blast visiting friends and family in England at the moment, before we head north in a few days. I’m super excited about our trip but I’m sure I’ll blog along the way and share some of the wonderful sights! But for now, enjoy this fabulous festive season – eat, drink and be merry. Oh and… Read more »

Living in the Algarve, I must admit to struggling with dressing for the intense summer heat. On days in July and August, the summer heat can reach (and occasionally exceeds) 40¬ļC. And¬†that’s seriously hot! Although I’ve lived here 30 years (exactly 30 years last month in fact), I’ve never quite come to terms with the Algarve summer heat. My body seems to heat up and stays hot like hell all the time. Basically I’m a wreck unless a) I’m indoors… Read more »