Lagos Market

Posted ago by Leanne Reid

Bom Dia!

Its starting to heat up and the holiday season is almost upon us. We managed to get over to the Lagos monthly market in the municipal stadium last weekend. It is on the first Saturday of every month so if you happen to be here at that time it’s well worth a look. Its quite a big market selling everything you could think of and more. Homewares, giant knickers, food, plants and jewellery…the list is endless. We had a good look around and settled on buying some new plants for the garden.

On the approach to the stadium

On the approach to the stadium

Plants and Oranges

Plants and Oranges

Plant Power!

Plant Power!

There is also a daily fish market in Lagos centre which is fantastic and a weekly farmers market every Saturday by the bus station. Excellent if you want to sample the true taste of Portugal. Yummy!

 

Luz Triathlon and craft fair

Posted ago by Leanne Reid

Hello everyone. How are you all doing?

This weekend we had the chance to get out and about and enjoy the sunshine. We headed down to Praia Da Luz to catch some of the triathlon on Saturday and take some photos to share with you. But in true Reid fashion we missed it, well we saw one athlete run past us and didn’t manage to get a picture.

It was a beautiful day and as part of the Triathlon celebrations there was a craft fair in the gardens of the Fortaleza Restaurant. We had a good old mooch around there. There was everything crafty you could think of, soaps, jewellery, art canvasses, stuffed toys, local herbs and spices. We bought a fig and almond roll which was delicious. We’re hoping to be able to make some ourselves from the figs from our tree in the summer.

There was a live band and some singing which made for a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon out. We could have been on holiday!

Singing at the fair

Singing at the fair

We capped it off with an ice cream from the stall next to the Fortaleza. Yum yum, delicious!

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Local herbs and spices

Local herbs and spices

Stalls at the fair

Stalls at the fair

The beach was looking good!

The beach was looking good!

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Posted ago by Leanne Reid

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In the garden

In the garden

 

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Posted ago by Leanne Reid

Some may argue that Christmas is the best time of year but we disagree (well not completely as Christmas is magical). SPRING is here and she’s putting on a great show. The wild flowers are in full bloom showing all of their fantastic colours, the Swallows are back and are trying to nest above our kitchen door. Our Wisteria plant is out, this only happens for one week of the year. The grape vine that runs across the tops of the apartments has started sprouting vine leaves and the fig tree in the garden is now full of leaves and dropping fruit already. The stork nests have baby storks in them aww. The streams are full and with the green grass and rolling hills it reminds us of the countryside back home.

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Wisteria

 

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Dasies in the garden

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Wild flowers

Wisteria overlooking Vine apartment

Wisteria overlooking Vine apartment

 

Lagos

Posted ago by Leanne Reid

Hello all, hope you are ok?

Everything is going well here, we are looking forward to meeting our first guests of the season in a weeks time.

We don’t have a lot to report this week so we’d like to share some pics with you of the gorgeous town of Lagos. Only 15 minutes away by car and for those who don’t have access to a car there is a bus stop in our local village which will take you there.

Sunrise near the fort, Lagos

Sunrise near the fort, Lagos

It’s quite a happening place with something for everyone.

For those who like to shop there are plenty of stores selling unique items. There are many accessories shops with handmade jewellery and craft items being sold on little market stalls in the summer.

For those who like a bit of history there is almost too much to see, the beautiful ‘Golden church’ Igreja de Santo António, Europes first slave market Mercado de Escravos, the city walls which date from the 16th century, the Fortaleza Ponta da Bandeira (small military fortress located at the end of the promenade) and the Governers Castle are to name but a few.

For any foodies there are some fantastic restaurants serving everything you could wish for including traditional Portuguese food, sea food, pizza and a good old english breakfast!

For those who want to take a slice of portuguese cuisine back home with them the fish market has a fresh produce section upstairs and sells oils, wines, varieties of sea salt, chillies and of course Piri Piri sauce!

The Marina is a great place to take the kids out on a tour for the day, you can go Dolphin watching, on a sailing boat and pass the time looking out at the dramatic coast line of the Algarve.

Oooh, I think it’s time for a day off. Lagos it is!

Old Lagos doors

Old Lagos doors

Tiles

Tiles

Strange goings on

Posted ago by Leanne Reid

Hello everyone

Hope you are all ok?

It’s been pouring down for most of this week. Luckily we have plenty of ‘inside jobs’ to be getting on with. That makes us sound dangerous doesn’t it!

The rain has brought all sorts of odd animal behaviour with it.

We have swallows trying to nest above our kitchen door and saw a baby snake at the weekend.

The cat brought in a little shrew to show us. As soon as he was dropped he scurried off into the kitchen and into the tiniest hole. Luckily Kath (resident zoo keeper) was on hand to coax him out and set him free. He was completely unharmed and set about finishing his day off.

shrew

And this little fellow showed up in the pool this morning. He must be on holiday. Once again Kath is out there putting him back in the pond where he belongs

Reggie the crayfish

Reggie the crayfish

Have a great week everyone

 

It’s our anniversary!

Posted ago by Leanne Reid

Can you believe it? 5 years ago this month we upped sticks and moved out here to the Algarve? Looking back, what a journey it’s been. Full of highs and lows and plenty of hard work.

We love meeting new people every year and of course seeing our regular guests return. It’s so nice to read all of your comments in our comments books and see what you enjoyed most about your holiday here.

We couldn’t have done this without the support of our family, friends and guests so a special thanks to all of you.

Hope to see you soon!

Kathy and Alan

 

Share your best holiday photos with us

Posted ago by Leanne Reid

We bet you folks have got some cracking photos of your holidays here at PJ! So come on and share your best snaps from your holidays here including the surrounding areas for example Burgau, Luz, Lagos and the west coast.

Post them on our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/paraisojardim and lets get a fantastic photo album together

 

The Authentic Algarve

Posted ago by Leanne Reid

Spotted this little beauty of an article, it makes you want to book a flight right away doesn’t it.

Praia do Beliche, Sagres, Portugal Credit: Anders Schønnemann

Praia do Beliche, Sagres, Portugal
Credit: Anders Schønnemann

Clicky here for more http://bit.ly/1EuaFrC

(Ignore page 9 and come and stay with us, we’re great!)

 

 

We missed it…Volta

Posted ago by Leanne Reid

After all of the promises to finally see the Volta race we only went and missed it! Thats not strictly true, we saw it fly by but it caught us by surprise and so we didn’t get any photos…booo!

As a diversion I’m going to tell you all about a stroll on the beach we had yesterday. Its not often we get time off out of season because we’re busy making improvements to the apartments and gardens.

We had a bit of running round to do so thought we might take in some of the scenery while we were out and about. Spring is such a nice time of year here, it’s warm but not too hot or cold and the wild flowers are all in bloom so there’s plenty to see.

It’s hard to believe all this is only 5 minutes away from our house!

Hope you enjoy the pics

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