Monday 4th January
Happy New Year to everyone, I know it’s been a while since the last blog but we’ve been soo busy!!
Christmas Day was spent sunbathing on the beach with a roast in the afternoon. I cracked open a few Old Speckled Hens to celebrate the occasion, even gave a can to the French guy next to us. By Saturday our batteries were hitting an all time low, I had to start the engine to put some power in so we could lower the electric bed so we moved on to a new aire called Mikki’s Place to Stay.
€5 per night, stay a week and get a free night plus €2.50 per night for electric. We booked in for one night because we had to take Mother to Faro airport Sunday morning but it was sunny, the site is quirky and we ended up booking until the 4th January (today, as I am writing).
Mikki’s Place to Stay is still being built, we’ve had some rain over the last week and pitches are getting soft, water is running through some pitches and there are some muddy bits.
But it’s got a bar and snack area.
And free wifi (most of the time). Nikki’s pottery is to the far left and all around the site are pots, and statuettes, you can buy stuff and it looks like you sign up for training courses.
We met up again with Mike and Di and went to a local restaurant in a group of nine (€78 for two courses and lots of wine). We were invited to join a group party going on two doors away from us, the occasion being that it was Tuesday afternoon and it was sunny! What more excuse do you need?
Mike and Di managed to get us booked into the New Years Eve party, lots of food and the best bit of music I have ever heard at a New Years Party. Normally I really dislike party music, in fact most music written in the last century does my head in, most of it has been played to death, I’d rather listen to something new. The best description of the music played New Years Eve would be Portuguese lift music, it was so bland, and to my ears inoffensive, I hardly noticed it, others were less kind.
Really enjoyed myself, walking up to the bar asking for two pints in a different language each time, saying hello to the Germans and French, thanking a Dutchman for building Canvey Island and asking him to come back and help the rest of England.
I left the bar at 1.30am and managed to find an after party party. Mark, Sam, Dave and Sue were sitting around a brazier and it would have been rude to walk on past. Shared some more Speckled Hen until 4am when Dave nearly fell off his chair when he dozed off.
Obviously New Years Day was spent horizontal with the blinds drawn and Saturday was wet and windy so I spent the morning sorting out my accounts and paying VAT.
And Sunday was spent looking lovingly at my last Old Speckled Hen. I’m pretty pleased with myself, I bought 48 cans on the ferry back in October and managed to save some, normally 48 cans would be polished off within a fortnight.
Frankies fleet is progressing, above is a part section through HMS Victory, any bits that look a bit squiffy are due to the camera angle of course.
And here is my longboat. This boat is less than 6” long at the moment but has taken hours to get to this stage. I reckon I have spent 30 hours on it so far, at least that much time left to go with the masts and rigging.
Today we were meant to be leaving but I put the laundry in for a service wash this morning and booked another 8 nights. The forecast is rotten for the next four days, we’ve been invited out for lunch again tomorrow so we might as well stay for a while.
Peter Borthwick has given me a link to some more stopping places, http://www.furgovw.org/mapa_furgoperfecto/ it’s mainly for the smaller motorhomes but looks like a good source of additional information, the more info we have the easier it is. Does anyone know a link to all the launderettes in Europe?