This first week has been very busy getting acclimatised in our new surroundings.
Our apartment is a lovely modern 3 bedroom with 2 bathrooms and with 2 balconies one of which is south facing.
The weather has been really good for this time of year with constant sunshine, although the temperatures vary – Cold in the mornings and evenings around 7 degrees but up to between 15-17 during the day. The sun is quite fierce so we can get rather roasted on our balcony!
As you may know we were selling our house in Winchester and last week was taken up with the last throws of the process. We exchanged contracts on Wednesday and completed the sale on Friday. When we look back it has been a very smooth process although not without it’s anxious moments. Then of course on Friday and Saturday we were busy with all the fall out of of the sale, with suppliers etc. But all done now and we are very grateful. We can now relax and and settle in in a more focussed way.
We decided not to hire a car for a while as we wanted to get familiar with our local surroundings by walking everywhere. This is good for us and also has enabled us to sample the multitude of local coffee shops along with a few pastries. Hunting for what we know and love has been an adventure in the supermarkets.
We have been to the Mustard seed work at the church where we feed the poor and homeless each week. It used to be twice a week but because of a lack of financial support the church has decided to cut this down to just once a week on a Thursday
.We have been welcomed warmly by Pastor Daniel and his wife Elisabete and the folk who have remembered us from our visit in September
and we have struck up an easygoing relationship with them all. The church has a conference at the beginning of February and we are helping with the admin updating email addresses and sending out email invitations to the many people who have visited or have connections with the church. One minor challenge is the Portuguese key board on the church computer!
Ruth has started aqua-aerobics classes at the local hotel and I managed to watch the Manchester United game at a local bar on Sunday. We only have Portuguese TV here in the apartment although a number of programs are in English with Portuguese subtitles.
Well I think that’s a fair summary of what we have been up to so far.
We do value your support so much as we look to see if living in Portugal on a more long time basis is right for us.
With love to you all
Kevin & Ruth.