Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
Saturday, August 31, 2013
I love a phone call which begins with a great friend telling you they are coming to visit. I especially love a phone call from said friend when she tells you that she is putting us up in the 5 star Pestana Palace hotel Lisbon and that we are meeting this Sunday!
This in mind I was watching some of the ‘Euro Rich’ at the hotel pool, when one woman caught my eye, as she pulled off her top to expose her bikini, the boobs didn’t move at all, an impressive piece of surgery I thought. This woman and her boyfriend took the sun loungers next to me and I thought no more off it as I dozed in the 38 degree heat. Upon waking up about an hour later she caught my eye again, those boobs didn’t have nipples – not such an impressive piece of surgery I thought, as I rubbed my eyes…hang on, that’s not her boobs that’s her bum! Yes a bum lift of extraordinary proportions, pointing sky high, tiny bikini bottoms hidden by the rise of the rump. I suggested to my friend that she have a look and confirm my thoughts ‘yeah, it’s a bum lift, but they should have sorted out her cellulite at the same time!’ - Ahhh, we all judge!
The fountain in the centre of the pool gave the perfect opportunity for posing. Starting with butt lady from Musings One….she swam out there, climbed up to the fountain and began some posing, which may have betrayed her previous career in the soft porn industry! Next person to swim out, to lay down across the side of the fountain and pose for pictures was a young man in a pair of ultra-tight Prada swimming trunks – ah the Euro Gay Man (more on them in Poolside Musings Three). He continued to pose for a few moments while photos were taken and everyone noticed. On our final morning, and all in the name of blogging, I swam out there. The pose isn’t quite the same, but my English reserve kicked in….it’s a shame I forgot to suck in my tummy though!
A group of five men, all with good hair, well kept, various ages all in the best swimwear known to man (and all of it quite tight fitting). Are they gay or European?
Obviously we did leave the pool area, I mean a girl’s got to eat! But this little holiday will always be remembered for the poolside people watching….that comes with the final thought of ‘if we all people watch, then what on earth are people saying about me?’ but that way madness lies so I’ll try not to give it another thought – now pass me some Sangria!
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013
In fact large towns like Figueira da Foz are without fibre optic because the law in Portugal has recently changed to allow any provider the opportunity to 'rent' the lines of PT. So, what have PT done? They've stopped putting in the lines of course! A law which is suppose to benefit everyone, gives consumers choice and adds some competition to the marketplace, has backfired a little and the result is a deadlock that ends up stalling progress!
Friday, May 31, 2013
OK, the tyres needed replacing, the petrol cap wouldn’t close, it took 10 kicks to start it up and the speedometer didn’t work but, hey, nothing insurmountable! 500 euros lighter we headed home, me in the car following closely behind…..about 10ks in the bike broke down. We called the guy, he came to collect us, said ‘call me next week’.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Today though the world has returned to normal, the sun has come out and it's lovely out there. So to celebrate I've been taking some garden pictures....
|Peter without realising gave me a complement; 'you couldn't wish for a better flower bed' he said...without realising that there is an awful lot of work, weeding, thinning and re-planting gone into it. I soon told him!|
|I love these flowers - no idea what they are|
|Peter and Lord. Everything in the garden is moving so Lord is hunting lizards, mice and snakes|
|These tiny flower-heads are the olives starting to grow|
|And our first lemon has appeared on our tiny tree|
|Depite hacking back the vines to an inch of their life, they are sprouting again. Tiny grapes are already forming|
|Complete with pollen covered bee/bug thing|
|Peter has been working hard in the veg patch|
|This is blooming for the first time. It's stunning.|
|The tulips and iris' are almost over already, but the rose buds are about to bloom|
|Our amazing Jasmin is stunning again this year - it's about to come into flower|
|Just one problem - MOLES - last count 23 mole hills|
Friday, March 29, 2013
Just as we’d given our order we had a phone call….Ingrid. Her phone had run out of battery. The spare battery they’d bought in a shop and spent an hour charging in the car had not worked, the second battery they’d bought and spent an hour charging in the car worked…..they were on their way downtown.
Mobile phones had let us down, like everyone these days we had no back up plan - no motherly, 'if we get split up, wait at the entrance for me to find you'.
Now there are worse places to be stranded, Botswana for example! The irony is, it only took ten mins in the Dutch Embassy, we should have just waited!
Friday, March 15, 2013
Rightful Castanheirense (those born in Castanheira de Pera) were a very proud bunch. In their lifetime they have seen the town change from flourishing to slightly sad (like Brighton about 30 years ago before it got good again – you know what I mean). Castanheria de Pera is a town built on wool, from socks to traditional hats the town was once full of mills powered by the Pera stream. Sadly, a walk along the stream at the back of town shows the decline of this industry, abandoned mills almost litter you pathway. The whole industry replaced by cheaper imports.
Some of the art is just mental…..(not strictly on a roundabout, but too good to pass up).
Thursday, January 24, 2013
It was a cold and windy night and the power went off. Plunged into darkness (well, we were asleep so it was dark anyway, but I’m trying to create a mood here).