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A country walk
09/06/2009, Lagos

I went on the first walk of the year today which was a short one to ease everyone in. It was a beautiful day and we had a relaxed saunter through the countryside with a stop midday at a local restaurant for lunch. It was about 5e a head including wine and a head I got to meet a few more folk, then back to Lagos. Apparently these walks are held once a fortnight on Wednesdays, sometimes using the very good value local buses, when they are not circular routes.

Another hiccup
09/04/2009, Portmao

04/09/09

Just as we were readying ourselves to depart and sail off into the blue yonder we have heard from home we need to return again and move my Mum into a downstairs flat, which will be much better for her. As this will take at least a fortnight, as we want to settle her in properly, we have decided to head westwards to Lagos, a safe place to leave the boat. Having changed our feelings about the place we have decided to probably over winter there or maybe Portmao.

So here we are in Portmao having a look at the marina. Not very impressed as the shops are a bike ride away and the showers are a trek for most boats. A couple on a nearby boat said that it gets quite windy in winter so there is a lot of chaffing on your ropes and you can get through a couple of lines a month. Don't think we'll be staying here.

Back on the boat
08/26/2009, Olhao

We arrived back from the UK the other day and are waiting for the mechanic to complete servicing the engine. Still extremely hot and looking forward to sailing again. Busy loading up with supplies from the Minipreco.

Enjoying some beautiful sunsets.

It's not as bad as it looks - honestly!
06/24/2009, Olhao

The view of the boatyard from the road looks dire but it was OK for a short stay, especially if you were not there all the time, leaving the boat to dry out etc. The cost was very attractive as I said before but prices went up if you stayed longer than 6 months (would you want to?). Root (that's how you pronounce her name but spelling wrong obviously) the girl in the office was lovely and very helpful and we got a mechanic to work on the engine fairly promptly compared to some places. On balance we'd go again.

Busy bees
06/21/2009, Olhao

Next to the boatyard is a public slipway used by pleasure craft at weekends and many fishermen and it is quite interesting watching them unload their catch. Unfortunately, people tie up all sorts of boats onto the blue floating pontoons used for mooring on to when you are lifted making it difficult to get in and avoid hitting them!

We have found a restaurant opposite the Fish Dock with a bar next to it on the corner. It looks unpromising but is nice and relatively inexpensive. On out travels we also found a Pingo Doce in the town near the front and an Intermarche signposted in the Fish Dock area.
Fishermen on the slipway.

Ria Formosa Boatyard
06/19/2009, Olhao

We will be relieved to be off home soon as we are melting now that we are out of the water and it's cooling effect. The boatyard is very dusty and it gets everywhere. The showers etc are new but no one cleans them and it is left up to the boat owners living in the yard but for 5e a day what do you expect! Sharing the shower with a small lizard again, not an experience you get at home. On the plus side the Minipreco is less than 500m away and the view from the cockpit across the bay is lovely.

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