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December 4, 2019

I started off towards Faro on the N125, supposedly Portugal’s most dangerous road, but it feels much safer than most roads at home.

October 19, 2019

My intention was to work on a project of two halves. The first being based around the area where land meets sea.

October 10, 2019

Cáceres is only a few miles off the motorway so after filling up with diesel we were off on the last leg of the journey.  Five and a half hours later we were on the Algarve, so a quick stop at a supermarket and onto Fuzeta.  When we got to the campsite Jacqui and Brian, who we had met last year, had reserved us an excellent pitch.  Plenty of shade and close to the bar, couldn’t b...

February 10, 2019

My work, especially over the last decade, has been strongly concept led. This has not only influenced my personal output, but also my teaching.

February 4, 2019

One of the advantages of riding a motorcycle is how easy it is to explore new places. One of the advantages of riding a small motorcycle is that you concentrate on the places that you pass through, and not on your riding technique.

January 23, 2019

Tavira is a historic fishing town on the banks of the Gilão river.  The town has retained much of its historic charm and avoided the commercialisation of modern tourism. The many narrow cooled streets lead to charming small shops or one of the twenty churches. A town square sits at one end of a bridge that reputedly dates back to Roman days and lies adjacent to a shady, semi form...

January 13, 2019

Olhao is the closest big town to Fuseta. On the advice from Roger, a resident of Fuseta for ten years, I checked the map and saw a nature reserve in what looked like walking distance from the town.  After finding a parking space for my little 125 bike, which is easy in Spain and Portugal as most towns have plenty of dedicated spaces, I set off to explore the town.  Its quite a pr...

January 8, 2019

Fuseta seems to have a split personality, well in the way that it is spelled.  If in doubt I look at the signage on the Tain stations.  The signs on the building are Fuseta, while the metal signs are Fuzeta.  The same is true throughout the town, both spellings are used.  I have decided to use Fuseta, as this is the spelling used on the council offices.

December 20, 2018

While out shooting in Frigiliana discussions took place about our direction of travel. It was decided the best plan would be to head towards Portugal. Before crossing the border it was was suggested that we should stop over at Isla Christina, close to the border, to do some shopping.  Certain items are a lot cheaper in Spain than in Portugal so this was our chance to stock up on...

December 3, 2018

The town of Frigliana has a fascinating history to it.  The hill it is built on apparently saw the final battle with the Moors, with the remains of a fort above the town.  The towns museum is full of artefacts and remains dating back over four thousand years that were found in the many caves around the town.  My plan for the day was to follow a walk that I had downloaded onto my...

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