We had eight fab nights at Armacao de Pera with several pleasant dune walks and a couple of cycle rides into the town for supermarket shopping. Food shopping is often a dull chore back in the UK, but for some reason I think it becomes far more entertaining overseas especially if I get to the shops and back under my own steam, and if I am buying food in a different language. There's all sorts of new packs and jars to investigate! We have noticed over the years though that globalisation has meant items are often packaged in exactly the same style regardless of the country we are in. For example a washing-up liquid bottle looks identical in England, France, Spain, Portugal,... On one hand this is good because it's easier to find what we need, but on the other hand much of the excitement of unexpected purchases has gone.
Our walks took us past now-abandoned and graffitied mills and storerooms from the wheat production that apparently used to be a major Algarve industry in the Arab era and beyond. Wheat was planted in between olive and carob trees so farmers could get three crops from the one piece of land. This still happens on a small scale, but I think it must be quite labour intensive to harvest wheat when there isn't room for large combine harvesters to manoeuvre. Probably not economically viable any more.
Giveaways closing soon
I don't have any giveaways closing this week, but please join me in congratulating Joanna who won the Unexpected America by Wanjiru Warama ebook giveaway. I hope you enjoy your prize Joanna!
(All current giveaways here)
On my blogs this week were:
2018 Reading Challenges WrapUp
Top 10s of 2018 signup
My new 2019 Reading Challenges
Derrick by Russell + #Giveaway + Excerpt
A la folie ... pas du tout! by Valerie-Anne Baglietto review
Trespass by Rose Tremain review
My Dream Woman by C H Clepitt review + #Giveaway
Taxi Tales: The Fragrant Lady by Ergun Gunduz graphic novel review
Aya Dane by Mhani Alaoui review + Author Interview
The Passion According To Carmela by Marcos Aguinis review
Campsite - Camping Canelas - Armacao De Pera - Algarve - Portugal