Many thanks to our great friend (and high-minded painter) Andy Baird, who both conceived and jump started this attempt to contemporaneously record at least some of the eventings of one move abroad. Regarding content, the narrower column on the left is the supposedly more timeless and reference stuff; ongoing entries are in the larger-width column on the right of the script below - following the (red)


by-line below. The plan is for these at least to be augmented over time.

It should also follow, therefore, that the most recently added post will always be at the top of this right-hand column; so if you want to get a flavour from earlier times, scroll and start NEARER TO or EVEN AT THE BOTTOM (only, please, please if you chose this option, allow yourself a series of snack-breaks; it can be repetitive, and boredom is guaranteed to increase with intensity of effort!)- but ANY comments are not only also welcomed ->but positively encouraged

Remember this folks ......

Remember this folks ......

Saturday, December 10, 2011

10TH Dec 2011

Here comes another temperature reference. Although we variously use a range, a fire, and a salamandra (sort-of `pot belly` stove thing), NOT TO MENTION MORE ELECTRIC HEATERS THAN YOU COULD SHAKE SEVERAL STICKS AT please do remember that here, Spring, and freeze your bo****ks off tend to go together!

For now, we`re still reasonably warm (nights rarely down below c.5C); so much so that, for the first time ever, we have been absolutely plagued by hordes of (dying) flies for the past fortnight, although the colder nights are finally taking more substantial tolls.

More contemporaneously ......
We`ve been `enjoying` 23% VaT now for over a year - and it`s getting worse; the products ranges to which that (one of three different rates here) applies is increasing as we speak. Electricity was included in the 23% band (up from 8%!) last month, and most edibles, including fast foods & Restaurant meals, are to be so rated from 1st January. (HAPPY NEW YEAR, my ar*e!). So don`t tell US about your scandalously expensive 5Euro pints of Guinness. Good thing we`re still tea-totalling - although we don`t rally have an accessible Guiness shop, and we do lie.

Howandever, ate out with friends yesterday; `few shots of Woods 100 Rum last night; weather-and directions-finding permitting, our first live Fado concert to-night**; Sunday Market; and then being taken by Geraldine to be doctored on Monday - all before our first-ever Christmas Dinner in Portugal on Tuesday evening. It`s dead boring here.

**In the event, the Fado night was cancelled due to a family bereavement within the organising Committee, so that pleasure awaits.

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