Saturday, November 09, 2019

Mutterings - Nov 9

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Cancel :: Delete
  2. Optimistic :: Outlook
  3. Surrogate :: Mother
  4. Tickle :: Fancy
  5. Amber :: Insect (in)
  6. Stuffy :: Old fashioned
  7. Chaos :: Theory
  8. Desktop :: Tidy (not mine!)
  9. Dynamite :: Stick
  10. Holidays :: Summer

Friday, October 25, 2019

Mutterings - Oct 25

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Conceive :: [a] child
  2. Exterminate :: Sink plunger (or a Dalek..!)
  3. Forest :: Peace
  4. Artistic :: Bent
  5. Compulsive :: Twitch
  6. Original :: Theme (Variations on... not sure which set I was thinking of! Elgar? Beethoven?)
  7. Excessive :: Bureaucracy
  8. Fancy! :: Free!
  9. English :: Language
  10. Conceit :: Artifice

Monday, October 21, 2019

Porto Meanderings

The full day we spent in Porto we followed the suggested InnTravel walks around the city. This picture is some of the tiles high up in São Bento, plenty more tiles there but I did like the ones up near the roof.
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Evening meal was again at Jimao Tapas e Vinhos - enjoyed on both occasions!

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Mutterings - Oct 13

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Say something :: Anything!
  2. Eventually :: Event-u-ally (said slowly) was it a John Cleese-ism?
  3. Contract :: Bridge
  4. Worth :: Harry (a UK comedian of the 50s)
  5. Nasty :: or Nice?
  6. Corrupt :: Politician
  7. Virus :: Noro-
  8. System :: Backup
  9. Supportive :: Friend
  10. Dictator :: Mussolini

Transfer to Porto

After enjoying another evening and breakfast at Calheiros we took an Inntravel arranged taxi to Porto for a few extra days stay at the Hotel Pestana . We'd arranged a trip to the Graham port lodge for a tasting that afternoon and so wandered over the river and a walk alongside admiring painted walls:
But those are fake buildings!

See the album for the rabbit! I'd rather gone off the sweetness of port but the tasting and introduction to the lodge was much enjoyed! That evening we ate at Jimao Tapas e Vinhos close to the hotel - busy I'd recommend booking (which we did).
Oh and at lunchtime we ate at da Terra - a vegetarian restaurant with a serve yourself infinite buffet!

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Mutterings - Oct 5

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Cold :: Fever
  2. Center :: Stillness
  3. Squared :: Root
  4. History :: Course
  5. Stiff :: Dead
  6. Computer :: Board
  7. Fold :: Tri(-fold) cord
  8. Trip :: Fall
  9. Away :: Manger (is it Christmas soon?)
  10. Stuffy :: Old-fashioned

Friday, October 04, 2019

Around Calheiros

A final day of the manor houses' walk was a very gentle walk around Calheiros with grandstand views of the house:
Paço de Calheiros in the distance

For the rest of the day we enjoyed walks around the grounds with extensive gardens.

Mutterings - Oct 4

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Care :: (in the) Community (allegedly!)
  2. Siblings :: Siegmund (Sieglinde) must have been provoked by Jessye Norman's deth
  3. Underpants :: Knickers!
  4. Compassion :: Alongside
  5. Best :: George - there is ancient football knowledge somewhere..
  6. Festive :: Hat
  7. Incomplete :: Specification - lots of those
  8. Educated :: Eton - not me!
  9. Similar :: Mirror..image
  10. Pretentious :: Tw*t

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Up to Paço de Calheiros

More on that even more receded holiday in May! The next day's walk was a very gently affair, we arrived at the final manor house around lunchtime. If you do this spend more time in Ponte de Lima - where by the way the lamp posts play brass band music at you - I think this was set off by motion detectors and they seemed to be still activating late into the evening, if you're allergic to brass band music walk down the middle of the road!

Outside our room in Paço de Calheiros

A slightly ascending route and we ended up in a wonderful room for 2 nights in the manor house - the picture is a view from the terrace outside the room. Extensive grounds and the house is worth the look around. There were quite a few groups for the evening meal in a grand dining room!

Mutterings - Sep 19

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Guest :: Account
  2. Intimidate :: Overbearing
  3. Flavor :: Vanilla
  4. Suspicious :: Glare
  5. Contaminate :: Pollute
  6. Bordering :: (on the ) absurd
  7. Language :: Watch (your)
  8. Corrupt :: Government
  9. Satisfy :: Wine bottle
  10. Monthly :: Pay cheque