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Windy weather
02/02/2010

We have had some very windy, wet weather like we also had last year in Ayamonte. The water in the marina is really churned up and a very unhealthy looking orangey-brown and there is lots of bamboo, oranges and other debris carried down by the river. The other night it was spring tides and the pontoons got perilously close to floating off the piles - luckily they didn't!


Line dancing
01/15/2010, Lagos

I have never been attracted to Line Dancing because I am not a fan of Country music and it all looks so boring and slow. However when Sue said that was going to teach it one afternoon a week I thought - why not, I might meet some new folk and I may as well see if it is as awful as it looks! Also Sue was so enthusiastic I wanted to support her also.

Well I am surprised and exhausted. Terry persuaded the hotel to give us their aerobics studio every Tuesday afternoon and it was just the right size. Sue was a great teacher, breaking all the dances down into manageable sections with lots of repeating unlike a few teachers I have suffered with before. The music was not all country and the dances a mix of easy and more complex. And it was really a workout, legs only as few arm movements so far, I never thought I would end up bright red and sweating - I have clearly misjudged line dancing as there is more to it than I thought. Sadly we didn't get to shout "Yee Har" (don't know how to spell this). Will definitely go again as great fun and a real workout for the brain and body with good company as well.

Christmas lights in Lagos
11/18/2009, Lagos

Before we went home for Christmas we got to see the decorations around the town - very pretty.

A night at the Amuras
11/16/2009, Lagos

We are enjoying a great social life here having met lots of people and been out to a number of restaurants, some better than others! Our favourite bar is the Amuras Bar on the marina, Portuguese run with lovely comfortable seats and friendly staff. Very few other live-aboards frequent it as many have said that they think it is expensive but this is not the case actually. They play some live Rock music on Friday and Saturday nights starting around 11.30 - 12.00pm and finishing between 2 and 3am. Above is a picture of Black Puzzle, a Portuguese band, the other week we saw Ferro and foggo who packed the place out as they are more well known and kept saying they had come down from Lisbon. We were sat halfway from the stage and they were very loud so if we see them again we need to get a seat at the back!

A super view
10/27/2009, Sagres

Cape St Vincent from the fort at Sagres.

A visit to Sagres
10/27/2009, Lagos

Steve drove us to Sagres one afternoon and we visited the fort built on a windswept shelf-like headland about 3 km from Cape St. Vincent the south-western most tip of Europe. The promontory of Sagres was important for sailors because it offered a shelter for ships waiting for favourable winds before rounding Cape St. Vincent with it's potentially dangerous coastal rocks.

Like the fort in Lagos the entry fee was cheap as not much of the 16th century fortress remains with some restoration in the 20th century. Although it was a sunny day the wind was strong and the scene quite stark and atmospheric making it easy to imagine what it was like for the cold soldiers years ago keeping their lonely vigil, tirelessly pacing the fortress battlements with their sheer drop below and the sound of wild waves crashing on the jagged rocks. There are several interactive displays on various topics including a giant pebble compass rose - 43 m diameter, divided into 32 segments instead of the usual 40.

On the west side of the promontory there is a series of caves gouged out by wave power from the tall cliffs and the noise of the waves flowing in and out of them was deafening, with the resulting spray towering impressively high into the air - so we took a few snaps of it. Another reminder of the power of the sea.

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