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A Creative Spirit in Portugal

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Packing the suitcases and all the other 101 sundry items in the car is like trying to fit a quart into a pint pot. Mr P always insists on doing it his way. I watch as he tries to ram yet another square and oblong rigid shaped object into an oval-ish shape car boot. Of course, it won't fit. Not a...
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On Wednesday, in a moment of desperation, I took the brave decision to drive across Portugal and Spain, to France and then after a couple of weeks onto the UK. It's a three day trip to France with two overnight stops. You may wonder - why not fly? Since COVID I won't. Sardines in a tin can all...
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Cockney speak is rhyming slang and what we use when in the gang. So listen well my foreign friends, don’t think too much and just pretend this nonsense you don’t understand, is not planned - just rhyming slang. I’ll start my lesson so listen well and as for meaning - try not to dwell as to why...
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Jilted by summer, autumn leaves the confetti for winter’s virgin bride --stark beauty laid bare. Snow embraces her shame cloaks nakedness as squirrels search for buried nuts and birds perch on her frozen boughs their melancholy song the requiem of her desire. Spring’s voice an illusion in...
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When the media refer to the term 'NEW' normal what does it actually mean? I assume they are referring to the impact COVID has had on the world as a whole and how we must learn to adapt physically and mentally to our new lifestyle restrictions as individuals. It is probably the general term...
In February, I joined a local writing group which we managed to keep alive via Zoom once the Coronavirus struck. One of our assignments was to write a letter. Hi Mum, We have finally arrived in the Moorish town of Aljezur on the West Coast of Portugal. Despite Dad’s reservations, Jason’s...
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Two minutes silence marks your death as we the nation remember your sacrifice, with respect. The silence echoes our private grief while we the nation mourn our heroes. Heroes, born to die in far away places in battles old and new. Haunting bugles lament your loss while the Big Guns, salute you...
Does anyone else find senryu addictive? I have been working on this one for weeks and it still does not feel right tequila sunrise autumn colours in a glass - nature served with ice *** tequila sunrise sunset colours in a glass - nature served with ice *** tequila sunrise sunset flavours in...
or does it? State opening of Parliament Oct 2019 Until yesterday my feelings towards the Monarchy remained neutral. As I watched the pomp and ceremony at the state opening of Parliament and listened to the speech the Queen had to deliver (whether she believed it or not) I felt compassion...
A few weeks ago we went to our local beach for coffee and as we enjoyed the breathtaking views across the beach and rugged coastline beyond the sound of haunting music caught our attention. I turned to locate the source of this mystical sound I noticed a man playing what can only be loosely be...
OK, OK this is not my normal type of post and please don’t panic; PiPs is not branching out into pornography, but just sharing one of my French “adventures”.After the birth of our first grandchild one of our shopping forays for our daughter Piglet in France was to buy a whole list of obscure...
I can't/don't want to rant or moan at my friend so I am going to tether my goat here. My friend has been ill with a stomach bug for nearly two weeks. However, instead of staying at home she continues to socialise thereby sharing her germs. It's a nasty bug. Although the sickness and diarrhoea...
My baby grandson is highly allergic to mustard, lupin, lentils, cashew nuts and a whole host of other deadly foods. When I say highly allergic, I mean life-threatening. I've already witnessed an episode during a family holiday in Portugal last summer; one minute we are sitting at a beach cafe...
Today I went shopping with Mr. PiP to buy boring stuff like paint, screws and drill bits. As the checkout was taking forever and judging by the length of the queue, I decided I'd have time to nip to the restroom and be back before he noticed my absence. Or so I thought. I found the ladies...
Trying to find our hotel in Northern Portugal presented quite a challenge. Not only did our SatNav divert us from our route 25km early, i It directed us to an unknown location in the middle of nowhere via a single lane dirt track, and as it turned out in completely the wrong direction. Has your...
Living in an expat bubble is difficult enough as you try to rise above people's petty grievances, perceived hurts and playground fallouts (aka bitchfests) , but add politics to the mix, namely Brexit, and friendships become toxic. Today we went to lunch with some previously dear friends. I say...
Portugal is a poor country. Wages low and some people struggle to survive. The old country folk and farmers in the Alentajo live simply as they have for generations. It's tough for some but they get by ... just. Every month we go to a farmers' market in the Alentajo where you can buy...
I don't mind travelling by plane and I am quite happy to queue and be subjected to strict security checks but what I do object to is being made to arrive at the airport for a two hour check-in only to discover there is no where to sit while you wait. Yes, that's right: nowhere to sit. That...
There are moments when we feel truly proud of our children - this is one of them. Last November my daughter was watching the news on TV and the heartbreaking images of the plight of families fleeing Syria. Families with little more than the clothes on their back who risked life and limb to...

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