Category Archives: Miscellany

Earth Day

Nothing more beautiful, or more expressive of hope…

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Merry Christmas – Feliz Natal

Natal, com rabanadas e vinho do porto tawny. Christmas, with french toast and tawny port. Continue reading

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A visit to a chicken-keeping friend in England is unexpectedly entertaining. Continue reading

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No, I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth, nor have I forgotten I have this blog…  I do have a half dozen articles half written, three of which pertain to quinta visits in November – I am deeply … Continue reading

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Portuguese Comprehension

Have spent three days at a ViniPortugal conference, with many of the presentations in Portuguese.  This is actually the best thing for me – intensive listening for a fairly extended period of time, to real voices and real conversations.  Language … Continue reading

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Typical Day With the Portuguese Language

I have written before about trying to adjust to the Portuguese language, and my listening comprehension difficulties.  This morning I had a typical conversation – or effort thereat. Coming home from a weekend in Lisbon I found a notice in … Continue reading

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Lisboa Find: Kolovrat 79

There is a street in Lisboa which I visited on my very first trip to Portugal, and to which I have returned every time I go to Lisboa.  It starts in Chiado at the Largo Camões as Rua Misericordia, turns … Continue reading

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Colour and Texture in the Douro

My other loves, besides writing, are all needlework related – since I was a child I have been sewing clothing and soft furnishings as well as knitting, quilting, and embroidering.  I pretty quickly gave up on commercial patterns and by … Continue reading

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Adjusting to Life In Portugal – Language

In the prior entry I wrote about some of the motivations and logistical challenges of moving and settling into Portugal, as well as some of the culture-shock reactions.  Probably the single biggest challenge, but fun anyway, is the language (well, … Continue reading

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Adjusting to Life in Portugal

This one is for all the friends who have worried, and all the strangers who have asked slightly incredulous questions about my decision to move … how are you adjusting to Portugal?  It’s so… different…. Short answers:  Just fine, thank … Continue reading

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