Greetings

Greetings

Monday, 31 December 2012

New Entertainment at the Club

Something new is coming to the Social Club in January along with some old favourites. This Thursday 3rd January is Open Mic night and all musicians are welcome.
On Saturday 12th January local girl Georgia Rolls will be doing her first gig at the Club. She is a great new talent and those who saw her at Watersports this year will remember her fantastic voice.
Saturday 26th January sees a new format: from 6:30pm to 8:30pm there will be a children's karakoe session. Following on from this will be the adult karakoe session. Children's karakoe is a new session and it is open to non-members as well, so bring your child down to sing their favourite songs!

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Pub Closes for Refurbishment

The Olde Plough will be closed from 2nd to 10th January for Sarah and Ted to have a short break and for the pub to have its annual spring-clean! The first major event after re-opening will be Curry Night on 15th January.

Carol Singing Raises Funds

The carol singing around the village just before Christmas raised £185.04 for Children's Hospice South West. Thanks to Christine Poole for organising the event.

Friday, 28 December 2012

New Year's Eve in the Village

SOCIAL CLUB
There will be a New Year's Eve disco at the club with a fantastic raffle. The prizes are from Thimbsanks, Downings the butcher, No.12 the hair dresser and many more. £1 for raffle tickets and these are on sale from the club at the moment.
OLDE PLOUGH
The pub are holding a fancy dress themed evening. Come along in fancy dress, the theme is something beginning with 'B'.
CHURCH
Ring out the old, ring in the new, just before midnight at the bell tower.

Winter Apple Pruning Day


Do you have apple trees that need pruning and you aren’t quite sure how to do it? Now’s your chance to be shown how – by an expert!
The Tavy & Tamar Apple Group has arranged a Winter Apple Pruning Day on Saturday 26 January 2013 in two orchards in the Tavy Valley near Bere Alston.  The first orchard has trees up to ten years old, whereas the second has some very mature thriving apple trees planted in 1926.  In this way we will cater for apple tree owners with a variety of trees. This will give you the confidence to tackle your trees and will cover the pruning of neglected trees and formative pruning of younger trees. No ladder climbing required!
The tutor will be Charles Staniland, who has many years of experience with such courses throughout Devon and ensures that it is a “hands-on” day.
The day starts at 10am and finishes at 3pm. You will need to bring outdoor clothing, strong boots, gloves and a packed lunch.  You can bring any useful pruning tools, secateurs, saws, etc.
The cost is £14.00 to Tavy & Tamar Apple Group members (non-members £19.00 but includes two years’ free membership of the Group). To book your place, go to our web site www.tavyapples.org.uk or email briankay1@tiscali.co.uk

Wassailing Approaches!


The Tavy & Tamar Apple Group will be holding their annual Wassailing evening on Saturday 12 January 2013 at the Bere Ferrers Church Hall and adjoining orchard.

The Apple Wassail is a traditional form of wassailing practiced in the cider orchards of South West England during the winter. The first recorded mention was at Fordwich, Kent, in 1585, by which time groups of young men would go between orchards performing the rite for a reward. On Twelfth Night, men would go with their wassail bowl into the orchard and go about the trees. Slices of bread or toast were laid at the roots and sometimes tied to branches. Cider was also poured over the tree roots. The ceremony is said to "bless" the trees to produce a good crop in the forthcoming season.

After the poor crop of 2012, renewed efforts will be made at the Bere Ferrers Wassailing to ensure that the ancient ceremonies are complied with to the letter!

The evening will start with a short story about Wassailing, followed by dancing and singing by the Dartmoor Border Morris and  the Tavy Tars, who will then process from the Hall to the adjacent orchard.  There the Tars will exhort those present to sing various Wassailing songs, with much shouting and banging of drums and cans to frighten away evil spirits. This is followed by hanging of toast to attract the insect-loving birds and the solemn pouring of cider around the trees.

The evening then continues in the Hall with music and dancing with drinks and pasties!

Entry is by ticket only, from Margaret’s Hairdressing, tel. 01822 840380

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Fantastic 70th Birthday Party

The Social Club was filled last night when the Ferret celebrated his 70th birthday. Appropriately, about 70 friends enjoyed a musical evening, interspersed with a buffet and the cutting of TWO cakes! Guests came from far and wide, with some folk from America.
The Bere Ukes started the musical part of the evening, very ably assisted by Rob, Lesley and Clive, who kicked the session off with a very brief history of the origins of the ukulele. The group began with 'Ten Dollar Bill', followed by 'In The Pines', 'Wooden Heart', 'Tamar Train' and 'You Are My Sunshine'.
There followed a surprise musical item from many of the Tavy Tars, who sang a very humorous song about the Birthday Boy and his activities in the village!
 
 
A large buffet was enjoyed by guests, while special musical guest Fionnula played some delightful melodies on her harp during the break before the cutting of the two cakes and the toasts.
 After a suitable interval, the evening's headline 'act' took to the stage - The Summerhouse Strummers, who sang a medley of songs, many of which the audience sang along with. These included the popular 'Champion Dung Spreader', 'Pick a Bale of Cotton', 'Dirty Old Town', 'A Lovely Pint of Cider'. The finale was 'San Francisco Bay Blues' after which the audience gave the group a stirring round of applause.
The Ferret would like to thank all those friends who made the evening such a terrific success, thoroughly enjoyed by all!




 
 
 

Busy Time at the Saturday Shop

As you would expect, the Saturday Shop was packed yesterday for the last shop before Christmas, although the promise of free mulled wine might have had something to do with it! The cafe staff seemed to have been taken over by a bunch of Santa's elves.




Saturday, 22 December 2012

Road Blocked

The heavy rains of the last twelve hours have caused problems locally: the Denham Bridge road is completely blocked following a landslip.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Carol Singing

Despite the atrocious weather (though not as bad as it was earlier in the day!) the annual carol singing around the village took place as usual. After a hot toddy and a quick vocal warm-up at the Old Chapel, the large group set off round the village, eventually ending up in the pub for more singing and seasonal offerings.




Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Someone's 70th Birthday

It was someone's 70th birthday in the village today and the Friday Rules gang (minus Lizzie and Gordon who were elsewhere) gathered at the Olde Plough for a lovely lunch. The pub had been suitably decorated by Sarah, Juli and Caroline.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Christmas Goodies On THe Way

Christmas is getting nearer and various activities will be happening soon:
Village Carol Singing
This Thursday 20th, starting off as usual at the Old Chapel, thanks to David and Caroline Clark. Wrap up warm for a walk around the village singing carols and collecting for a charity, ending up at the pub for more carols and some seasonal sustenance.
Gig Club Quiz
Same night, in the Club from 8pm.
Saturday Shop
10am till noon, with all the usual seasonal goodies on offer, including mulled wine and a glimpse of an elf or two, so I hear!
Carol Concert
The customary carol service at St Andrew's.
Christmas Eve
Nativity at St Andrew's at 2.30pm and 4pm. All welcome.

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Gig Club Quiz Clash

The Tamar & Tavy Gig Club are holding a quiz at 8pm in the Bere Ferrers Social Club on Thursday 20th December and all are welcome.
The Big Question is: why is it on the same night as the popular carol singing round the village and afterwards in the pub?

Friday, 14 December 2012

Red Herring Christmas Dinner

Members of the Red Herring Club held their annual Christmas Dinner at the Olde Plough last night. Also on hand was Father Christmas, masquerading as Nelson Bowden, who handed out presents later in the evening.
The event started with a Fishy Quiz, twenty questions of a fishy nature; the winners were Daphne and Ken.
The Herrings then tucked in to a two- or three-course meal, followed by the presents opening.

Quiz time.

Quiz champions: Daphne and Ken.



Cracker jokes!



Monday, 10 December 2012

Bright and Crisp

It's a beautiful winter's morning today. There has been a sharp frost, but the sky is clear and the sun has risen. The lanes are slippery with ice and some new-born lambs are wearing a protective covering!



Sunday, 9 December 2012

Country at the Club

Local band A Bit On The Country Side played at the Social Club last night to an enthusiastic audience. A highlight of the performance was Lizzie 'riding' coconuts, simulating a horse!





Saturday, 8 December 2012

Wildlife Area Vandalised by Network Rail

Last week Brian Lamb, whose property backs onto the railway station, heard the sound of chain saws at the station; upon investigation he found that a gang of men from Network Rail had cut back all the foliage on the old up platform, well past the back edge of the platform.
This is a well-known wildlife area, home to numerous birds, butterflies, etc. and had been designated as such at the Railway Forum meeting recently.
Apparently, a local resident, also a member of the Forum, had given permission for the gang to to do the work. Brian immediately phoned the local Network Rail manager and got the work stopped. But not before the gang had already cut the new GSM train control cable in two places!

Friday, 7 December 2012

Some Yuletide Events

Some Yuletide dates for the diary:
Thursday 20th December  Carol singing around the village and after in the Olde Plough. Starts at 6pm at the Old Chapel, thanks to David and Caroline, then continuing through the village, ending up at the pub.
Sunday 23rd December  Carol service at St Andrew's.
Monday 24th December   Nativity at St Andrew's: 2.30pm and 4pm.
Saturday 12th January  Wassail at the church hall and the orchard, from 6pm. Tickets soon from Margaret's Hairdressing.


Ukuleles Hit Albaston

The cream of the Peninsula's ukulele players invaded Albaston in Cornwall last night for a short concert at the Albaston W.I. Christmas party at the Methodist church.
Most of the Bere Ukes attended, aided and abetted by their Musical Director for this event, Rob Smith, who was accompanied, in more ways than one, by his wife Lesley. Glive Charlton gave a descriptive account of the history of the uke, before an offshoot of the Ukies, the Summerhouse Strummers, started the evening with 'Folsom Prison Blues', 'Black Velvet Band' and 'San Francisco Bay Blues'.
The Ukies were joined by Rob, Lesley and Clive on 'Two Dollar Bill', 'In The Pines', 'Wooden Heart', 'Tamar Train' and 'You Are My Sunshine', with everyone joining in singing the last one.
Thanks go to the ladies of Albaston W.I. (and one gentleman) for their appreciation and the refreshments after (particularly the walnut cake!). Thanks also to Rob, Lesley and Clive for their support.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Local Band at the Club

Local band 'A Bit On The Country Side' will be playing at the Social Club this Saturday 8th December - don't miss it!


Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Monumental Disaster at the War Memorial

Those people who attended the Remembrance Service at the War Memorial earlier this month may have noticed a new addition. A granite step had been recently positioned, at a cost of about £350, to enable wreath-layers to easily access the War Memorial itself. Unfortunately it was put in the wrong place! It should have been put directly in front of the cross, not 90 degrees to the left. No-one used it as it was very awkward to get to. Now the whole step has to be repositioned to its correct spot.
This was done by monumental stonemasons, but it turned into a monumental cock-up!

Another Dismal Village Turn-out

A special meeting was held tonight for villagers to decide how to commemorate the Queen's Jubilee, but only eleven people turned up - and seven of those were Villagers' Group committee members! Another dismal turn-out by villagers!
Before the main discussion of the evening, thanks were given to David Mills's father-in-law Joe, who had built the new Villagers' Group notice board; to John Gallagher for his work in restoring some of the posts near the zip slide, and Margaret Ball, who raised over £300 for funds.
Recreation Field
The bird hide is getting out of control and it was agreed that it be coppiced and the scaffolding and flooring removed.
The Scouts will come in March and do some work. Volunteers to help should let Diana Mitchell know when they are free.
The hedgerow will be trimmed with a hedge cutter this year, possibly in February.
Ian Lindsay has offered to spray the actual track in the cycle track to keep the weeds down. Ken Sheaf has offered to strim the remainder.
Tennis Court
The court need cleaning and re-marking. Tricia Wilks has obtained estimates of around £2,000 to do this, which should last for another five years. Resurfacing will cost about £10,000 and although it does not need doing yet a careful watch needs to be kept on funds, which currently stand at just over £5,000. All this money has been raised from income from the tennis court and not from Group funds.
Cleaning and re-marking cannot start until the weather gets warmer, so about April/May time.
Jubilee Commemoration
Daphne suggested planting bulbs in the grass verges throughout the village. There could be small signs at each end of the village saying that this was a commemoration of the Queen's Jubilee.
Roger suggested that a seat be placed in the open part of the barn in the Recreation Field.
It was thought that, with the £500 available from the Parish Council, that both suggestions could be done. This was passed by a unanimous vote and this will now proceed.
As the verges in the village are most likely the property of Devon County Highways, it was agreed that they be contacted for their approval. Varying types of bulbs (daffodils, tulips, etc) will be planted next July.The seat in the barn would be of a posts and plank construction, securely embedded in the ground.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Ladies' Netball Team Thriving

From Sue Chadwick
All that was needed to get the new Bere Peninsula netball group going was a sunny afternoon, a couple of chairs in the garden, and Lizzie Spiers and Penny Grimshaw sharing a glass of wine!
Next, at a meeting in the BF Social Club attended by around 30 enthusiastic ladies across the full age spectrum, it was agreed that sessions of approximately an hour and a half would take place on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings. It was agreed at the meeting that the Bere Ferrers tennis and basket ball court could be utilised for the netball sessions, and the (now unused) basketball court could be re-marked out as a netball court.
A few emails determined the date of the first session and, with the brilliant help from Dave Mills, we quickly performed some warming-up exercises ready to get on to more technical stuff. Dave designed some passing exercises and shooting tuition to get everyone in the swing and supervised a friendly game. It wasn’t long before we all agreed that an hour would be long enough!

 For the uninitiated, netball is a game played by 14 players, on two teams, with the winning team scoring more goals than the other. There are of course a few more rules, and proper ways to pass the ball, for us all to fully learn. More importantly for us though, it’s a really fun game and a way to get some exercise whilst hardly noticing it – what was quite surprising was how quickly the competitive spirit surfaced!
Sessions are open to all ages and abilities and cost 50pence per person, plus a £2 joining fee. If you are interested in joining in, email Penny Grimshaw (penny.muddycreek@gmail.com) to check on the next session.
In the meantime, more information about the game and the rules can be found on www.englandnetball.co.uk.


 
 
Photo caption: Playing on Sunday 18th November were Ann (Jeffries) Carla (Humphrey-Trippen), Christine (Poole) Joanne (Harwood), Sam (Lowes-Tarrant), Sue (Chadwick) Sue (Milner) Sue (Venables) and Tricia (Wilks).

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

New Post Office Opens

Allan Willmott was one of the first to
use the new postal service.
Diana Mitchell buys stamps.













Despite atrocious weather, business was brisk at the new outreach post office in the Hazel Room at the Church Hall. Postmaster Steve Taylor said that he had had quite a few people through. All the services that are available at Bere Alston are now here at Bere Ferrers, every Tuesday from 9am until noon, including the immediate issue of car tax, though payment for this must be by cash or cheque only.
Steve pointed out that the recent report that 75 people per week were needed to keep the post office going were untrue - there is no minimum number required.


Saturday, 17 November 2012

A Message from the Mobile Library

Pauline Anderson, Outreach and Rural Services Manager, Devon Libraries Mobile Libraries Service, says:
'To ensure that everyone is able to access Devon Libraries, we work closely with the WRVS Home Library Service whose volunteers deliver our books and spoken word CDs to anyone confined to home, or who are no longer physically able to reach a library. If anyone in the village needs this help, please contact me via email pauline.anderson@devon.gov.uk or by telephoning 01392 384315.
Timetables for 2013 will be distributed as soon as possible (see earlier post on this Blog for details).
We are very keen to promote the mobile library as the stops only thrive if enough borrowers use the service. Please encourage your community to join the library and enjoy the benefits of this wonderful service.
The Mobile Librarian has timetables and fliers for both the Mobile Library Service and the Home Library Service that can be distributed by willing volunteers.
Devon Libraries Mobile Library Service
We have something for everyone!
Our fleet of eight mobile libraries visits over 500 locations in communities across Devon giving access to books, audio books, Large Print and DVDs to people who cannot easily reach one of our 50 static libraries.Membership is FREE, no ID needed. Join at any age – babies too!
There is no charge for borrowing books, and there’s a great choice.
You may hire a DVD from as little as £1 for a fortnight.
Non-fiction books, Large Print, and children’s books can be reserved FREE.

You can even reserve books online, and collect them from the mobile library.

Children have extra fun joining the Book Track and Summer Reading Challenge.

There is something to offer everyone on board so why not hop on and take a look?"

Friday, 16 November 2012

Postal Service Starts Next Tuesday

The new village outreach Post Office starts next Tuesday 20th November in the Hazel Room at the Church Hall, NOT the hall itself. The new service starts at 9am and closes at noon.
Come along and support this vital service, because if we don't use it we will lose it! Tell any villagers you see about this new service.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Service of Thanksgiving for Nick

St Andrew's Church was full today with over 100 family and friends for the Service of Thanksgiving for Nick Grinstead, who died from cancer recently at the early age of 42.
The congregation heard a reading from sister Sandra before Trevor Grinstead gave a fitting tribute to his brother.
The hymns were: 'All Things Bright and Beautiful', 'The Lord Is My Shepherd' and 'O Love Divine, All Joys Excelling'.
The service was conducted by the Rector, the Rev Nick Law and the organist was Ann Parsons.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

New Mobile Library Timings from January

The new mobile library timings for next year have just been announced.
The library will stop in Bere Ferrers at the War Memorial from 13.45 until 14.30  and at the Social Club from 14.35 until 15.05. Please note that the stop time at the Social Club has been drastically reduced.
This timetable takes effect from 8th January 2013.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Remembrance Service

Many villagers joined representatives of the Royal British Legion and the Parish Council in beautiful sunshine for the annual Remembrance Service at the war memorial and after in St Andrew's Church.
Just before the service two aircraft flew over: the first was later identified as a replica WW1 Royal Aircraft Factory SE5 and the second appeared to be a WW2 USAAF Norseman.
The service was conducted by the Rector, the Rev Nick Law.



The replica SE5.

Musical Evening for Joe

There was a near full house at the Social Club last night as a musical evening was held in honour of Joe Gilling, a former villager who is visiting from Canada. Joe showed some photographs of British Columbia and there was a cornucopia of local musical talent on show, including the Tavy Tars, of which Joe was a founder member, Squandered Youth, Bere Ukes and Blaxton, with Rockin' Ron.
Joe joins the Tavy Tars again.
Villagers watch the entertainment.

Thursday, 8 November 2012


  Christmas Shopping at
Bere Ferrers Social club  

Friday 9th November 7.30pm

For ladies for fancy less of the rush of Christmas shopping

For men that do not know what to buy

Companies attending so far

Body shop

Dot ~ teas

Here and Far – Fair Trade, recycled and homemade gifts

Bumpy bake nappy cakes - gifts for mums-to-be and babies

Ann Summers

Magic Sparkle Jewellery

Thimbleshanks – shabby Chic Handmade Creations

Avon, plus lots more …

So put the date in your diary and come shopping with us in the warm and you can have a drink as well

Everyone welcome even if you’re not a member

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

There's a Canadian in the Village!

The Olde Plough Inn echoed with the sounds of Canada tonight at the musical jam session. Former villager and resident of Vancouver B.C., Joe Gilling was back in town! Staying in the village for a few days, Joe joined the regulars at the pub for a selection of what was mainly Canadian songs or songs written by Canadians. These included 'The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald' and 'Breakfast in Hell'.
Joe was persuaded to join in with Rob and Lesley on one song, but did sing along with many of the others.


Affordable Housing: Don't Be Fooled!


A company called Bibio have placed the following status on their Facebook page which they call Bere Alston Affordable – below is the direct quote.

“Hi Folks, The time has come to show your interest and support of affordable homes for local people living in Bere Alston. If you or someone you know is interested, we have booked the social club on November 21st at 7pm to come and talk to you about our ideas.

We will be asking for your input on design ideas and layout, holding a brief question and answer, and hoping that you will support this local project.

........there will of course be refreshments provided, and it will be great to meet you in person.

Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you soon!”

Bibio have not contacted West Devon Borough Council or the Parish Council to say that they are doing this. If they had they would have been advised them that this is not productive, as it sends mixed signals out to communities when it is not even known if or what the need is.
The Facebook status does not say that it is from Bibio and that they are a developer and it could be misconstrued that this has come from West Devon Borough Council. This is not something that West Devon are supporting.
Some of you will remember that a deputation from this company addressed a meeting of the Parish Council at Bere Ferrers some months ago and were told then quite firmly that this proposition is not something that would be supported either by the Parish Council or West Devon. Any question of affordable housing in the parish would be addressed in the Parish Plan.

New Post Office Date Announced

The Post Office has announced that the date for the opening of the replacement postal service in the village will be Tuesday 30th November.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Local Man Loses Battle

Forty-two-year-old Nick Grinstead, brother of Trevor and Phil, lost his long battle with cancer and passed away last Wednesday, with both brothers at his bedside. Condolences go to the family.

Our Post Office

It was strange to come back from holiday to find that the village no longer has a post office. All the paraphernalia has gone from the windows and there is a M&B For Sale sign outside and soon the postbox will be moved to another location.
My thanks go to Trevor for keeping the post office going as long as he could under very trying circumstances and I wish him well for the future.

Bere Alston Post Office Should Be Safe

A communique was issued by the BPPOG recently:

A packed public meeting held in the Parish Hall, Bere Alston, recently were informed  about the progress that has  taken place, following concerns raised over the future of the Post Office in the village. A previous meeting held towards the end of August was informed that the post office was under threat. The Post Mistress had gone on long-term sick leave and indicated that she would not be returning to take up her post.
The property had been put on the market; however, up till then no possible buyer had come forward. If a solution was not found soon the Post Office company had threatened to close the facility and introduce a “Local” in a nearby shop, providing fewer services. The appeal from the public meeting was for “Someone” to help save the post office for the community.
It was also revealed that the Bere Ferrers village post office would close on October 22nd, leaving Bere Alston post office the only full- time facility in the entire parish, serving over 3,400 people. The nearest other available post would be in Tavistock seven miles away.
In response to this appeal, the Bere Peninsula Post Office Group was formed to facilitate a community buy-out. The group then sent out a series of appeal letters to every household in the  entire Parish of Bere Ferrers, over 1,300 properties, asking the residents to pledge contributions to the £200,000 required for the purchase. On top of this BPPOG approved a constitution and set up a bank account, all things required to be able to enable the group to acquire grants, which they had then set about applying for.

Last week’s meeting heard that local residents had pledged £34,000 to the campaign and BPPOG had been successful in being promised a similar amount from local authority grants. In the meantime, members had been applying for a series of grants.
Following these announcements, former postmistress Marion Gray announced that, partly in response to the work that had gone on, a private buyer had come forward and put in an offer that had been accepted. Solicitors were being appointed and it was hoped that contracts would be exchanged within five weeks. Conditions would be included requiring that the post office will be guaranteed to continue for over 20 years. She also indicated that she had now two local residents who had applied to become the new postmaster.

Following these announcements there were rounds of applause to signify the community’s relief that it would seem the post office had been saved and would be retained for many years in the future.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Cruise Report 3


WiFi is very expensive on the boat, which is why there hasn’t been an update of our journey for some time.
After Portugal we headed for Ibiza overnight and Juli and I spent the day on the deck in the harbour, soaking up the rays and painting. Leaving Ibiza in the late afternoon it took us all night, the next day and the following night before we arrived in Malta.
We took a boat cruise around the two big harbours in Valletta, in beautiful weather, before having lunch at the Saluting Battery, with some magnificent views. Afternoon was spent on the boat before we left Malta in some style with the resident band playing in fine style on the aft deck as we left.
Today, Sunday, after two nights and a day at sea, we are in Piraeus, the port for Athens and we have decided to stay on the boat. This morning was sunny, but with a breeze but at the moment it is cloudy.
Some people have been into Athens and said how grubby it is, with graffiti everywhere and one of the crew had 60 Euros stolen!
The food on board is terrific and we have lovely waiters that look after us – the trouble is, we’re now having to look after our waistlines!

Malta

Our ship

Ibiza sunrise



Valletta harbour



Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Cruise Report 2


Tuesday  We’re now cruising in the Med heading for Ibiza. The sun is out and is hot. On our port side we can see the coast of Spain through the haze and somewhere on our starboard side is Africa, a long way off.
Yesterday we went on our first shore excursion; we berthed at Portimao in Portugal and took a coach to Cape St Vincent, the most south-westerly point of mainland Europe. After a short stop here we drove a short distance to a fort at Sangres where, in the 1400s, Henry the Navigator set up a sailing academy to teach Portugese fishermen how to become sailors.
From here we went on to Lagos, a pretty port with a huge marina and many different types and sizes of boats.
Today, as we are sailing, we spent the morning on the aft deck sunbathing on loungers, in the Jacuzzi, Juli went in the pool and we had lunch in the sun.


At Cape St Vincent.

At Cape St Vincent.


Portimao

Leaving Portimao.

Portimao.

A dolphin dives beneath the boat.