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Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
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Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 18 3:44 pm    Post subject: Portuguese Insects  Reply with quote    







Don't ask me exactly what they are.... I can get as far as possibly a funnel spider, a caterpillar and a big bug!

Tried to get the funnel web photo upright but it loads that way. It's the right way up on my computer.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
Posts: 6005
Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 18 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nice pictures Shan.

Are you all settled in over there now?

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
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Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 18 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Not living there yet... just back and forth a lot but at least the household is coming along.

buzzy



Joined: 04 Jan 2011
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Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 18 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think the 'big bug' is a type of bush cricket, but it may be a juvenile.

Seems as if you're going to have an interesting wildlife time!

Henry

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
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Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 18 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

There are a lot of bugs there....

I'm a bit worried if the big bug is a juvenile!

The bees are incredible. The buzzing is so loud you can hear them across the entire hillside! At first I thought it was a swarm.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 18 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I didn't know you were moving, where to?

Shan



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 18 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Not moving immediately. We have bought a place in Portugal and hope to retire there within a few years. At the moment we are back and forth sorting a few things out.... and trying to manage a few building projects from afar.... You'd think we'd have more common sense.

tahir



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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 18 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Love northern Portugal

Shan



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Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 18 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I love Northern Portugal too but as I get older, I think I will appreciate a climate a little less like Wales. Old and cold and damp is not something I aspire to! So we have bought in the East Algarve in the hills - less touristy than the West and Central Algarve and we have Tavira (charming town with a fabulous municipal market) within 20 minutes.

tahir



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 18 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sounds great

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 18 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I wouldn't be offended if you said "sounds shit".

tahir



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 18 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It does sound great, I hope you enjoy your new adventure

Shan



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 18 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks. So far so good. Been enjoying the mountains of fresh fish at the municipal market.... ahem... not to mention the wine....

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 6220
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 18 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Shan wrote:
I love Northern Portugal too but as I get older, I think I will appreciate a climate a little less like Wales. Old and cold and damp is not something I aspire to! So we have bought in the East Algarve in the hills - less touristy than the West and Central Algarve and we have Tavira (charming town with a fabulous municipal market) within 20 minutes.


Sounds good..and you have time to master the language before you move there properly.

What are winters like there?

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
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Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 18 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We rented a place for a couple of months (Nov - Feb) and quite enjoyed the bits of time we were able to spend there. The days were temperate with the nights being cooler. Apparently, it was a very unusual Winter in that it was quite dry because that area normally gets most of its rain during December/January. Having said that, it tends toward downpours as opposed to several days of drizzle, so plenty of time to spend outdoors. Temps get up to about 16/17 deg C, so quite pleasant.

As for Portuguese - yes, starting to develop the vocabulary. Regularly get the gender of words wrong.

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