Knackered and Trapped in Portugal….Whoopeee. Regularly updated

 

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Sunset at the Fishermans Rest Alvor

15/03/2020

Well !!! Trusty’s latest adventure has taken a right turn of events…Covid-19..has seen to that. We were due to leave  Monday 16/march/2020, ..spend a few days in the hills at our friends place..to sort a website for them, as a thank you for letting us have this little house for nearly 3 months. Then on to Spain to see the Tall ships In Huelva..and on…

Well with the french and Spanish virtually closing the border, and making travel almost impossible..thats out the window…so we were off to the hills, as I said. Now we are not sure. The plan was to go back up to Nigel and Sues place, then meander through Spain and France. and get back end of April..but looks like its going to be much longer now….Dont get me wrong..we would rather be locked down in the sun, here. Than England peeing down with rain..IMG_20200107_095958

     Early morning view over Nigel and Sues place in the hills..also a b&b

Trusty’s MOT runs out at the end of May..so looks like we will be traveling back with no mot..or tax as well if they suss it..we pay the road tax by direct debit..depends whether their Computers flag the MOT is out..Ah well !! no alternative..got to get her back..cant pack her in a suitcase…so Drive we will. When we can..!!!  (Update) 01/03/20 )  UK DVLA has tacked on an extra 6 months of mot from the 30th of march.. if your unable to go or get one..

16/03/2020  

Portugal closed the border with Spain this morning..so No go for us..Thats the bad part..But the silver lining ?? our friends have extended the house let to us..Whoopeeee.. quarantined in the Sun..although its set to rain next week

Thursday 19/03/2020

It Was Whoopee, until this morning and Portugal’s emergency lock down measures. Everything  locked down..only essential services and food, not.  Street ban unless going to any of these. So in the Sun, but can’t take much advantage of it.

Beach, closed. all that free space with normally no one on it this time of the years, closed !! but you can stand in a supermarket queue  50 strong next to each other…Bloody Madness. Camper-van Aire locked down. you can’t leave, or enter with your camper van..but you can walk out to supermarkets etc..you can use your motorcycle or scooter to do this..So obviously  your camper must have the Virus..More madness. IMG_20200216_124313

Where OK as we have ours parked outside the house here. The supermarket is within walking distance..So is the one near the Aire I might add.  Just been out to the van outside the house..GNR cop standing by it bollocking lorry driver for going down one way street..{no fine though}..

Asked him about free movement..Answer was >.. you can walk a little around your roads for exercise and you can walk to supermarkets or services of any kind..you can use your motorcycle to do that as well..but make sure you take all documents with you as there are many road blocks..within this area..pubs closed so no go there…a nice friendly cop..GNR can be fierce..but 50 times better mannered than the Guard in Spain.and fairer

Ah well !! We have the roof terrace, so we can still see the nice places we cant walk !!IMG_20200327_132639

Tuesday 24th March 2020   

Sunny  and nice..with a few scattered clouds..Weather slowly getting warmer day by day..   A few people about walking in no more than twos..observing the rules..  Pepes helping the older folks..Its a breath of fresh Air, compared to the scenes I have seen in the news from the UK…Problem with that..is sorting out the Fake  From the real !!!..But my Children report what is really happening.   And its Sad to say the least..

So glad were locked down here, but to be absolutely  Transparent on that statement. We have a House here which our friends own..With Trusty parked outside.so no problem..and what a blessing in these times its been. 

Link Here  https://www.facebook.com/Lovely-Little-House-Alvor-118374352884161/

On that Note ..The Council (camera)  Have ordered all camper/motor-homes to leave the Aire down in the town..They are instructed to be gone by this Friday..27th march..With me singing the praise of the Portuguese..this is daft..absolutely DAFT !!..

Most of them have been here for months..now they are chucking them out with instructions to go to the campsite or return home.. Neither of which they can do..Borders shut, no travel..although I believe its possible to cross if you are returning to the UK..trouble is? You have to show a ferry ticket..and the Ferries are not Running !!!. Plus the campsites wont let you in either..Cops on all main roads checking every few miles or so why and what your doing..(haven’t seen any here in Alvor). and Spain and France would be a nightmare.IMG_20200327_132945

                                       Almost deserted Aire in the distance

So !! Madness abounds again..If your a mo-homer.. then you’ll understand the complexities of this type of life. You need a Place to dump your waste products, fill with water, park safely  Get gas,  and many other things that house owners dont have to do.. Where are you going to dump black waste ??? the grey can go down any drain..but not the black….Well see. Most but not all campers are environmentally friendly..,  after all if your stuck on the side of the road..or in a street because they have turfed you off a perfectly good campsite, where you were safe both to yourselves and Jo public..and where is the Shit going to go ??

Friday 27th march

Well most of the Happy, or very unhappy campers have left the Aire at Alvor, picture below shows only 15 left out of around 80..The Council (Camera) have now decided that if you are a resident..and in your van..full time, you can stay..I dont know how many in the Photo below, of the 15 have this..but as I know someone who is on the site who has, I will find out in the next day or so.

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Aire in the distance.. (zoom in) today 27/03/20

Alvor Town is virtually Deserted, But you are allowed to walk in twos and shop, fuel etc..No Police around in days..but people here not flouting the rules. I know where Id rather be, on lock-down..and it is not the UK..So guess we were lucky when all this broke out..Yes !! were stuck, and for many its a biggy, but for us..Not!! Or at least not Yet !!

The Portuguese spent several decades under Dictatorships..like Salazar..They also have a strong family tie system  and listen to the tales and advise of their elders for these past times..So to be fair, the lock-down here is easy peasy.IMG_20200116_144012

           Trusty Parked Up  since Mid Jan

Trusty is still parked outside the little house..not moved since Jan 12th..except for 5 yards back and forth to keep brakes/clutch etc from sticking..parked in gear with Handbrake off..(essential ). So here we are still in the Sun Locked Down, on the roof terrace with a beer in one hand..and wing and a prayer in the other..

24/04/020 Friday

Hi all..Were still here in the little house Alvor..The lock down date has come and gone..and a new one imposed..Its as I thought, Bringing it in in small jumps, so as not to annoy the population..I get the safety aspect though !!!. So lucky we managed to retain this little house..We have a lot to thank Nigel and Sue , for..Still debating that one, as getting them to accept anything in the way of payment, is monumental..

Venturing out, for food, walks etc every few days..very quiet as you can imagine, but very orderly..no problems getting what we need..even took the bike to Portamao, yesterday, for a visit yo overseas supermarket..for a few essentials we cant get in the Portuguese/Spanish/french chains here.  Asked the local cop standing by the local school   (First one Iv seen for a week or two)   about the 8 mile run..He said no problem, as Alvor is under Portamao authority, so we can go.  So off we went..roads not deserted. seems to be plenty of traffic, although not as much as normal.  Iceland no busier than any other supermarket..just pricier, But we only buy Oxo’s, Beans,  and sauce..and black-pudding..( English Breakfast aint the same without it ) I will be updating this page as we go..so bookmark it for more fun in the sun..

 

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