Monday, November 28, 2016

Mutterings - Nov 28

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Frustrated :: Emotions
  2. Plaid :: Dead men(consistently - I see we had this recently - just checking...)
  3. Chips :: Bag (could be electronic or American)
  4. Wonder :: Horse
  5. Coat :: Colours
  6. Trust :: Certificate
  7. Shelves :: IKEA
  8. Sharp :: Double
  9. Lotion :: Camomile
  10. Anxious :: Parent

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Teaser Tuesday - Nov 22

Teaser Tuesday
The rules are:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) 'teaser' sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your 'teaser' from .. that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given!
The office moved out of London. Adelaide became a shop assistant in a very superior shop and hoped to become a buyer.
From Iris Murdoch's Bruno's Dream, I've head this on my to be re-read pile for a number of years and have just got around to it. A deeply frustrated Adelaide. A creepy but fascinating read!

Mutterings - Nov 22

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Diva :: de l'Empire (a line from a song by Erik Satie)
  2. Flipping :: Pancake
  3. Canon :: Law
  4. Bread pudding :: Sultanas
  5. Shocking :: Insulation
  6. Deep fry :: Burger (eugh!)
  7. Masterful :: Navigation
  8. Disgusting :: Beaviour
  9. Elastic :: Knicker
  10. Trowel :: Lay in on (with a )

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


We extended the holiday with a night's stay in Lisbon. These are some of the tiles in the Cervejaria Trindade a converted refectory of a monastery, you'd never know it was there from the street.
..the Cervejara Trinade
We spent much of the day walking in the centre, lots to see, we never made a tram ride - they always seemed to be packed to the doors even at 9am on Sunday morning!
Evening meal at Santo Antonio de Alfama down in the Moorish quarter - we'd had lots of soggy vegetables during our stay they were well cooked here - we just got in, I'd recommend booking! We stayed by the castle, busy - lots of street vendors selling selfie sticks(!) but the hotel was quiet and restful.

Mutterings - Nov 15

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Judges :: Ruth (old testament books)
  2. Notification :: Email
  3. Proof :: Pudding
  4. Charming :: Prince
  5. Candle :: Wind
  6. Salad :: Editor (when they highlight keywords, strings etc)
  7. Savings :: Life
  8. Ten minutes :: Countdown
  9. Concern :: Social
  10. Service :: Voluntary

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Three Palaces and a castle

At least that's what the Inn Travel writeup said as the itinerary for the day! This is the Pena Palace:
Pena Palaca
We only managed 2 palaces and the castle but we wandered outside the Regaliera. The Moorish castle (where we started) breathtaking views over the countryside (and vertiginous!) lots of helpful displays talking about the history. Then onto Pena, the composer Richard Strauss on a visit said
this is the true Garden of Klingsor and there, up above, is the Castle of the Holy Grail
I saw what he meant with this castle in the clouds. More photos in the album.
That night we ate at O Regional in Sintra, the guide claimed recommended by locals - I wasn't sure, it felt rather more touristy than many we'd been in, there were certainly large portions though!

The final walk to Sintra - faster than a snail!

The next day was the walk from Colina Flora to Sintra
On the way to Sintra
Through woods and gentle pathways, with views of what was to come! A stop to view the palace on Monserrate - spectacular, yes there wasn't much furniture in the palace but the architecture was wonderful, and the gardens too - look at the album for some pictures. We then took a bus to Sintra where we stayed at the Lawrence's Hotel, very comfortable and we ate out at Tulhas small and very busy, they were queuing outside at one point, we were close to the kitchen with good views, strongly recommended!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Convento dos Capuchos

The next day we took the easy route along the road and walked to the convento dos capuchos. A 16thC monastery for Franciscans and then Capuchins, this is the door of the dead - above an entrance that the new novices had to take to begin their lives under vows.
The door of death
Very small cells for the monks, cork lined for warmth, just about walkable into - you had to crouch though. The door of the novice's cell looked onto the exit - a reminder that they could yet leave! Very austere simple location.
We walked back to Colina Flora - we ate that evening at A Toca de Julio - more conventional restaurant than yesterday's Sisudo, and a lift back with one of the waiters - exciting speeds along narrow roads. We much enjoyed Colina Flora - Aasta and James are American who love Portugal very simple but comfortable and wonderful breakfasts. The photo in the album of us was taken by James - as part of their guest book.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

From the Westernmost .. inland

The next day we were given a lift to the Cabo da Roca, the most westerly point of mainland Europe. Lots of tourists but walk a little along the coast and you come very close to these dramatic rock formations of Ursa Cove.
Ursa Bay again
A lunchtime stop at Adraga beach and an easy day wandering through sand dunes. At one point there was a crashed car that had clearly been dumped and some locals attempted to buttonhole us - seeing our interest, hoping that we'd dumped it and would take it away!. We walked to the guest house of Colina Flora (of which more when I write the next entry) and in the evening we were taken to Sisudo restaurant in Almoçageme - very much a local place, a wide veggie choice and lots more too. There's a photo of the place mat and the wine in the album. I'd have gladly gone there another evening but there was so much choice between eating places!

Mutterings - Nov 9

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Reheat :: Casserole
  2. Electrified :: Wire
  3. Velvet :: Casserole - I sometimes cook a red-velvet casserole recipe, beef, beetroot and orange
  4. Half :: Cock
  5. Cheesiest :: Fondue
  6. Stale :: Odour
  7. Color :: Grey
  8. Printing :: Ink
  9. Strange :: Particle (Strangeness
  10. Shrimp :: Portuguese - who were very fond of translating what the English think of as prawns as shrimps

Sunday, November 06, 2016


The next day was a circular walk to the chapel of Peninha
From the chapel
As the book said there are stunning views over the area and as far as Lisbon, we had uncertain weather but it was still clear. Unfortunately the chapel isn't open for visitors so we had to look through the windows. We copped out of the walk around the top and instead walked back down (though a different route). Dinner was at the hotel, we weren't wildly keen but it was very atmospheric!

The picture is from a sheltered part of the Penhina chapel looking towards Lisbon.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Cascais to Azoia

We're back from a walking holiday in Portugal arranged (again!) by Inn Travel the walking was in the Sintra with a final day in Lisbon.
We flew to Lisbon got in rather late (around 11pm after the plane was delayed due to a medical problem on the incoming service)so our stop in Cascais was rather brief, we were taxied next morning to the Cabo Raso lighthouse where the host of our next 2 nights left us.
The start of the walkingWe had a pleasant morning walking along Guicho beach and after lunch at a beach cafe (very nice) the only Sangria of the week, we headed inland throughcountryside and hamlets to São Saturnino. This is allegedly a former monastery but had a distinctly spooky atmosphere due to the furnishings. We were driven to a local restaurant in Azoia for evening meal - meeting a couple who were a day ahead of us on the walk. I enjoyed an octopus dish the rest of the party were a little more conservative! A fairly restful first day of the walk.

Most of the photos are uploaded to flickr, a few more to do and I hope to sequence them in a better order. The sequence wasn't helped by my forgetting the camera sd card....

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Mutterings - Nov 1

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Referral :: Doctor's
  2. Stressed :: Syllable
  3. Apply :: Advertisment
  4. Inched :: Forward
  5. Zipper :: Stuck
  6. Plaid :: Dead men (don't wear..)
  7. Issues :: Conflict
  8. Orange :: Men (Northern Ireland)
  9. Cream :: Double
  10. Finish :: Line