The Volta á Portugal, 2014

A couple of weeks after the Volta á Portugal do Futuro passes through Oiã and Carris, the big race, the Volta á Portugal, starts. Normally, the smaller race takes the same route as the main race, which means that we get two national races passing by within a couple of weeks, and few can sayContinue reading “The Volta á Portugal, 2014”

Volta á Portugal do Futuro 2014

Every year the Volta á Portugal, the Portuguese equivalent of the Tour de France, passes our house in the stage that starts or finishes at Oliveira do Bairro. A couple of weeks earlier, the Volta a´Portugal do Futuro, for new racing cyclists, passes on the same route. This afternoon, we were delighted to see theContinue reading “Volta á Portugal do Futuro 2014”

Interlude: A visitor to the garden

Last year we had a cricket, I think it was a cricket, that was hurt and spent weeks in the rose bush in our garden. This morning I found another, who I followed around the garden, from the house wall to the same rosebush. For a brief time, s/he also found a little friend, beforeContinue reading “Interlude: A visitor to the garden”

A busy couple of weeks…

These last two weeks have been pleasantly busy. First of all we were approached by the local council, the Junta da Freguesia de Oiã, to provide images for an exhibition about the area, then there was the festivities themselves. So we were covering musicians, unveiling ceremonies, Zumba sessions, a fashion show and an Oiã versionContinue reading “A busy couple of weeks…”

My first exhibition in Portugal

We were delighted to be asked by the local council to provide images for an exhibition celebrating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the local council for Oiã. We have exhibited individual photographs before, the last was for the 25th anniversary of ViveArte, a local medieval reenactment company, but this was the first timeContinue reading “My first exhibition in Portugal”

Volta a Portugal – 5th Stage, Carris and Oiã

We were lucky enough this year that the Volta a Portugal passed right outside our office. Sadly, when it came to TV coverage, they missed us out, but fortunately we were there to cover the historic day that the Volta a Portugal passed through Carris…

Geek moment of the day…

For the past few days we have been on an enforced sabbatical from the Internet, brought on from the fact that thieves stole the telephone cables supplying broadband, TV and telephone to our house (and many other houses in the area). Of course, this provided a grand opportunity to catch up (or re-watch) a loadContinue reading “Geek moment of the day…”

Helicopters exercising over Oiã

The Portuguese military is hosting an exercise in Ovar, near Porto, and each day the helicopters are flying over Oiã. There are only about 8 or 10, but it is fascinating to watch them go over. When you flick through these images, see if you can spot the airmen sitting on the edge of theContinue reading “Helicopters exercising over Oiã”