We spent a couple of days in Tavira, in a guest house upstairs from the middle of the cobbled town square. Here, salt is harvested where sea water is trapped and evaporates. To get to the beach from Tavira you need to take a ferry across the estuary to a wide, uncrowded sandbar beach.
Our final WOOFing job was with a Dutch lady who has been in Portugal for 16 years. Dorine's first three years were spent completely renovating the house, which includes a homestay suite and a swimming pool. She has 2 1/2 hectares of figs, almonds, olives and carob trees. We went with her one day to Pilates class. A while since we had done it!
We had a few different jobs here - cut donkey feet off olive trees before harvest in October, knocked down carob pods from the big trees onto nets and put them into sacks and knocked down almonds onto nets to be collected. The almond outer casing and leaves needed be separated from the nut before it is taken to a local person who has a nut cracking machine. The bags of carob pods were taken by truck to a depot where they are stored, then sent for processing.
On our day off we took the ferry from Olhao to Calatro, a fishing village on a sandy off shore island where we walked along the (almost) deserted beach to the lighthouse end where we lunched and caught the ferry back.
There is one interesting Portuguese innovation we have discovered in smaller towns. The traffic lights through the main street are set at green, but will be triggered to go red if people drive faster than 50km through the town. Seems to work well!
We have flown back to Stockholm to help Chelsea pack and move as Raul has gone for Red Cross to Ukraine for 3 weeks. His apartment sold rather quickly so they are renting meanwhile and will look for a place to buy later.
... And so ends our travel journal for this trip. We fly from Stockholm to Canada on 6 October in time for Skyla's second birthday. We will stay with Krysta and Steve initially, awaiting the birth of their second baby due 24 October. Hopefully he/she will be early or at least on time as I return to Stockholm on 31 October again hopefully in time for Chelsea and Raul's first baby due November 8. Sven will remain in Canada and I'll fly back just before Xmas.
We are all hoping to congregate in Kelowna for Xmas this year with Chelsea, Raul and new baby joining us for a few weeks.
We will need to get ourselves organised with a vehicle first and then somewhere to live. The apartment we bought two years ago is rented out until June 2017 and we have decided to sell it and buy a townhouse.
We can still be reached on our email firstname.lastname@example.org. It is always nice to hear from you and keep up with the news.
We are looking forward to welcoming two new grand children before the end of the year and next year getting settled and seeing how retired life really is. Still feels just like we are on holidays. We will make sure we get an abode with a spare room so you can come for a visit!