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Subject:We're Off Again!!
Time:09:58 pm
We'll be going away tomorrow for a week. We're going on holiday to Vilamoura in the Algarve, Portugal. Hubby doesn't want to take his notebook as you have to pay for internet access per 30 mins at the hotel and access is only available in public areas. My laptop is too big to take. So it seems I'll be cut off for a whole week. Hopefully I'll still get Elijah's tweets on my mobile so I'll have some idea what he's up to!! And I'll have the 'Treasure Island' dvd waiting for me when I get back. (Obsessed? Moi?)

We went to Vilamoura in 2000 with friends but it was in April and rather cold. I always thought I'd like to return there at a warmer time of year. There's a huge marina there surrounded by lots of shops, cafes and restaurants and there are two lovely beaches, one either side of the marina. At the moment I'm just feeling stressed with all the packing and travel arrangements - I've never enjoyed that part of holidays - but I know once we're there I'll relax and enjoy it.

We're not long back from a 3 day break in Herefordshire - a really gorgeous part of our country -just think of The Shire at its most beautiful! We stayed at a huge country manor house that's been converted into a hotel. These are a few of the pics I took (behind the cut):



A shot taken through the car window on the journey:


The drive up to the house. It reminded me of one of my favourite books - 'Rebecca' by Daphne du Maurier. She described the long drive up to Mandalay as being lined with rhododendrons. Except those were scarlet and these are lilac:



This was Jubilee weekend so there were flags everywhere. Oddly enough I don't seem to have take a full shot of the front of the house.





A view from the lounge window (there's a little rabbit trying to climb up the netting round the flower bed):


Inside the lounge:


On the Sunday morning we took a walk down to the lake. There was a light rain and it was quite misty so there was hardly anyone else around. It was so peaceful:









The lake was covered with lilypads. There was a family of geese ambling along the path when we first got there and the field on the other side of the lake was full of sheep and lambs. We spent a long time sitting there just drinking it all in - it really was idyllic:



And this was a shot of the house from the back:



On the Saturday night there was a concert with Talon, an Eagles tribute band. They were really good.

And now we're off again! It'll be good to get away from this dreadful weather for a while - if the forecast can be relied on it should be very warm there. Bye for now:)
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ambree40
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Time:2012-06-11 09:20 pm (UTC)
Such wonderful pictures Paulie, a really Shire-like landscape. And those trimmed buxus hedges on the ground are so interesting and beautiful. Right now my partner is on his yearly (solo) hiking tour in the UK but he called today to tell me he's being "rained out" and is coming home early. So it's probably very wise of you to go to the south. And it's still early enough in the year for flowers down there. I hope you have a good journey and lots of fun and relaxation.
“Obsessed?” No more than the rest of us!
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not_alone
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Time:2012-06-24 04:56 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear your partner had to abandon his UK hike - understandable though, the weather rally has been atrocious and it's been going on for so long. It was good to have a break from it in Portugal but ... dare I say it ... it was actually a bit too hot for me!!! It was lovely when we were just sitting around, but overpowering when we walked out in it.
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mumis
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Time:2012-06-11 10:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the pictures they are great!:))

Have a good journey and fun!!

*hugs*
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not_alone
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Time:2012-06-24 04:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks Mumis - we did have a good holiday:)
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addie71
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Time:2012-06-11 10:29 pm (UTC)
What a lovely place. It is very Shire-like and the drive could be the one approaching Mandaly.

I hope you enjoy your next Adventure in a warmer climate. Have fun!
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not_alone
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Time:2012-06-24 04:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks Addie - we did enjoy our Portuguese adventure and it was extremely warm:)
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shirebound
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Time:2012-06-11 11:44 pm (UTC)
I hope you have a marvelous, relaxing week, with lovely weather.
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not_alone
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Time:2012-06-24 04:58 pm (UTC)
Many thanks SB - we did have a lovely week and it was really warm:)
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creekside12
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Time:2012-06-12 12:22 am (UTC)
Thanks for these = so beautiful. So, basically, you vacationed at the Great Smials?? ;-)
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not_alone
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Time:2012-06-24 05:00 pm (UTC)
>>So, basically, you vacationed at the Great Smials?? ;-)<<

Ha ha, yes I suppose we did - and very nice it was too:)
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yeuxdebleu
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Time:2012-06-12 12:36 am (UTC)
Wow! Gorgeous photos. And the first one does indeed look like Hobbiton.

Have a wonderful time on your trip. I hope the weather is warm and sunny this time.

Edited at 2012-06-12 12:37 am (UTC)
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not_alone
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Time:2012-06-24 05:01 pm (UTC)
Many thanks Yeux. We did have a great trip and it was really hot the whole time.
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_celebrian
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Time:2012-06-12 02:07 am (UTC)
Wow! Fabulous pics. It looks absolutely lovely and quite Shire-like.

Funny that you mention Manderley. I listened to Rebecca on audio about a year ago. Now, there is a chapter-by-chapter discussion of it going on on a board where I post, so I've been participating even though I don't remember all the details. So, I literally read some comments about Rebecca about 5-10 minutes for reading this and I agree that your pic looks very like the drive up to Manderley. :-D
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_celebrian
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Time:2012-06-12 02:07 am (UTC)
Oh! And, enjoy your next trip soon. Sounds wonderful. I hope the weather is good.

And, I agree that the packing and prep stuff for a trip is no fun. ;-P
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not_alone
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Time:2012-06-24 05:02 pm (UTC)
That is a co-incidence!! I do love that book, also the old film with Lawrence Olivier.
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primula_baggins
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Time:2012-06-12 02:10 am (UTC)
That was a beautiful place, and very like Tolkien's Shire, it seems. I hope you have a fun trip!
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not_alone
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Time:2012-06-24 05:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, it really did feel like we were living in the Shire!
We had a great trip thanks - and it was very, very warm!
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ladysnaps
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Time:2012-06-12 02:15 am (UTC)
gosh! your photos are so relaxing. i had a blissful moment while looking at them. *sighs* you sure that first photo wasn't taken in the shire?

have a lovely trip and i won't be jealous of the splendid time you're going to have.
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not_alone
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Time:2012-06-24 05:06 pm (UTC)
>>you sure that first photo wasn't taken in the shire?<<

Ha ha! If only it was!

We had a great trip thanks - and it was really hot!
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newleaf31
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Time:2012-06-12 06:38 am (UTC)
Such amazing pictures. The flags for the jubilee make it even more picturesque. Oh, jeez, now I miss England and want to visit it again!!!

Have a great time in Portugal, Paulie. :)
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not_alone
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Time:2012-06-24 05:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks, glad you enjoyed the pics. The flags certainly added to the atmosphere of that place.

We had a wonderful time in Portugal, thanks:)
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spring200
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Time:2012-06-12 07:18 am (UTC)
Great pictures and it's not easy when you can't get internet access I had 26 trying days and it costs so much as well, but it soon goes.. it took me days to catch up though, Have a Wonderful time and just relax
*Hugs*
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not_alone
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Time:2012-06-24 05:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks Spring, glad you liked the pics. I do hate being without the internet - it's taking me so long to catch up after just a week, I can't imagine how long it'd take me after 26 days!!

We had a great time in Portugal, thanks:)
*hugs*
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jan_u_wine
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Time:2012-06-12 12:08 pm (UTC)
have a wonderful adventure, and *see* you when you return!
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not_alone
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Time:2012-06-24 05:11 pm (UTC)
Many thanks Jan - we did have a wonderful time in Portugal:)
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jan_u_wine
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Time:2012-06-24 11:41 pm (UTC)
looking forward to hearing about it!
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janejanejane
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Time:2012-06-12 08:10 pm (UTC)
Great photos! It certainly does look idyllic there, a truly beautiful place...

Hope you have a wonderful time in Vilamoura and I look forward to more photos from that trip!
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not_alone
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Time:2012-06-24 05:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks Jane - it is a gorgeous place, as is all the countryside round there, and not really all that far from where we live - I think it took us about 1hr 15mins to get there.

We did have a lovely time in Vilamoura thanks - I will post some pics although we didn't take many.
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elijahs_mumble
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Time:2012-06-12 11:09 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful place you've been to! Have a great time in Portugal!
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not_alone
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Time:2012-06-24 05:14 pm (UTC)
Many thanks Patrick - we did have a lovely holiday in Portugal:)
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mole_caz
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Time:2012-06-13 01:59 pm (UTC)
I feel I ought to know that house as it looks rather familiar. It looks a really relaxing place to stay despite the awful weather. Strange you should mention Rebecca as I was only thinking about the book over the weekend and trying to recall the whole story line. It's one of my favourites too and I would love to read it again. enjoy your next break in the sun!
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not_alone
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Time:2012-06-24 05:18 pm (UTC)
The house is called Holme Lacy House - you may well know it as I can just imagine them holding the type of event that you're sometimes involved with.

I love 'Rebecca' and have read it several times but the strange thing is I can never quite remember the exact ending until I get there! I think the reason is that I also really love the old film with Lawrence Olivier and the ending is a bit different to the book - that's why I get mixed up over it!!

Had a great time in Portugal, thanks:)
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