|Vegan Cataplana at Raizes|
We've moved further into Portugal from Tavira (did you see my Christmas lights post?) to Vilamoura which is further along the coast. I previously knew of Vilamoura for its marina where one of Dave's old friends had often kept his boat, but we hadn't visited before. We found a little campsite - Vilamoura Rustic - within cycling distance of the seafront and had a lovely day pottering along the promenade in the sunshine. The marina itself is much like any other Mediterranean marina, but the promenade is great with plenty of space and views out to sea. We went into the ajoining town, Quarteira, where I was delighted to spot a board advertising vegan restaurant Raizes. That was lunch sorted! Dave enjoyed his black bean burger and I loved the generous portion of Cataplana stew I was served.
All isn't great though. Getting our boiler seen to cost a pretty penny though it does seem to be working more smoothly now (fingers crossed). Then we discovered that the Spanish Repsol gas bottle that we thought we would be easily able to exchange when it was empty is going to be more difficult. There are seemingly identical Repsol fuel stations in Portugal, but apparently something about the bottle itself is different and the staff turned us away. We have been told of a gas bottle refilling place in Boliqueime. They were closed on Saturday when we drove past, but hopefully will be open later this week so we can get our English Calor and Spanish Repsol bottles topped up. Fingers crossed because otherwise we'll need to be heading back to Spain sharpish and I'm starting to like the idea of Christmas in Portugal!
In bookish news, I won a book this week! Huge thanks to author Liza Perrat and blogger Jo at Jaffa Reads Too for my copy of The Swooping Magpie. I'm looking forward to reading it soon :-)
You might have spotted my review of The Diary by Vikki Patis being enthusiastically shared all over Twitter yesterday? It was my turn as @TheWriteReads blog of the day and I loved being the centre of attention!!
The blog of the day is run by @Stephanie_Jne and she’s reviewing a book that hooked her from the first page to the last- ‘The Diary’ by @PatisVikki Just one cracking review among the loads on Stephanie's site. Check her out!#thewritereads #blogofthedayhttps://t.co/9uO9k3hQL0— TheWriteReads (@The_WriteReads) December 8, 2018
Giveaways closing soon
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On my blogs this week were:
November Challenges Wrap-Up: Bookish Bingo and Goodreads
#WorldReads - Five Books From Switzerland
Christmas lights at Tavira
Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2019 signup
The Storm by Tomas Gonzalez review
Nutcracker Sweets at Moonglow by Deborah Garner review + Giveaway
Unexpected America by Wanjiru Warama review + #Giveaway
The Darkness That Divides Us by Renate Dorrestein review
Tangled Vines by Megan Mayfair spotlight
The Light Of The Fireflies by Paul Pen review
Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm review
Campsite - Vilamoura Rustic - Algarve - Portugal