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The Montados Talk

I’ve been asked by several people for a copy of the talk I gave at the Birding fair in Rutland last week, and I said that I would post it up here …. but even a précis goes on for ever, and on a blog that’s normally made up of snippets it’ll look wildly untidy, so please, if you’re waiting for it to appear, wait no longer as it ain’t going to happen! Just email me through this site and I’ll send it to you.

Thanks to everyone who came to hear me; some of you traveled immense distances and your efforts of support were much appreciated; next time you’re out here, the drinks, (wine of course), are on me!

At the Birdfair …

OK, for everyone who reads this blog or who may stumble upon it by accident please note that I’m going to be in the UK next week, principally at the British Birdwatching Fair. I’m going to have the same stand as always, Marquee 4 Stand 97, and sincerely hope to see you there!

I’m also going to be giving a lecture on the Threat to the Montados and what we can all do to save it, (Sunday 23rd August 15.30, Lecture Marquee 2), so I also hope that some of you will be able to make it to that also! I haven’t posted a picture of this as there’re plenty on this blog already, but please come along and have a chat at the Birdfair; see you there!

Fun for all the Family!

Film for Toprural, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

Well, this is something that Daniela’s been working on for a while now …. and it’s a real success! That’s what we think anyway. Why don’t you let us know what YOU think by sending us an email at info@retreat-in-portugal.com. We’d love to hear your opinion!


Loading-the-genny, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

A wicked crew! Funnily enough there were no accidents and nobody lost their temper, though at times there was a glut of Chiefs and not nearly enough Indians … Great to have so many old friends here – and their kids – all at the same time, the best birthday present ever!


Loading-the-genny-2, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

While everyone was over we finally sold the old genny – it’s gone for its future life to Guinea Bissau – but the question was – how on earth were we to lift it into the van? The above is the answer; props, wedges, blocks and jacks, bit by bit and watch your toes!


Party-People, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

I know I haven’t written anything here for ages – and yes, I DO feel guilty – but there’ve been extenuating circumstances and these people have a lot to do with it!
I was 50 earlier on this year, February to be exact, but I wanted to throw a party where Archie, Araby and Alexandra could be here so decided to keep it over till July. The above were most of the participants and we had a right hoolie – but of course blog writing went by the board during those two weeks and then D & I had a dose of this Swine flu so that laid us out for a week or so. Anyway, back on our feet again and scribbling ….