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  1. 1. m a g a z i n e FREE OlhÃo · sÃo brÁs · tavira · Alcoutim · castro marim · vila real de santo antÓnio EastAlgarve November 2010 Finance © Olives Health Golf tips From Keith Ashdown Gardening Growing succulents Focus on Clinical Pilates Make the most of your pound
  2. 2. Page 3www.eastalgarvemag.comPage 2 www.eastalgarvemag.com After an unbelievably warm and sunny October, Autumn is well and truly upon us. I've heard many people talking about wood deliveries, keeping it dry etc, which brings back memories of last winter, damp wood, smoky rooms and mold. Well, enough of the negative stuff, this month we meet the owners of Casa da Calma bed and breakfast and Santa Luzia restaurant Casa do Polvo. We have several delicious international dishes from Quinta Fonte do Bispo's new winter menu on our regular food page, more golfing tips from Keith Ashdown, properties, we focus on olive processing and visit a local factory and museum, finance, environment and much more. I hope you enjoy the November issue, whether your reading it by a cosy log fire or in the Autumn sunshine. Please continue to send in your comments or suggestions, thank you. Welcome... Editor PUBLISHER & designer Richard Bassett eDITOR Katie Bassett editorial co-ordinators Richard Bassett Snr. advertising Call 961 700 200 or email info@eastalgarvemag.com consultant Arne Jakobsen the Great Dane printed by Litografis-Artes Graficas Lda, Ferreiras Distribution Advertisers will be issued copies for distribution, along with retail outlets. All rights reserved. Except for normal review purposes, no part of this magazine may be reproduced without the written permission of the publisher. Every care has been taken in the preparation of this magazine, but the contents are only meant as a guide to readers. The proprietors of this magazine are publishers not agents or sub agents of those who advertise therein. The publisher cannot be held liable for any loss suffered as a result of information gained from this publication m a g a z i n e EastAlgarve 4NOTICE BOARD Let us know your thoughts. 5WHAT’S ON Things to do this month. 6NEWS Get up to date on the latest East Algarve news! 8People Meet Eduardo, owner of Casa do Polvo Tasquinha. 10ARTS American artist, Jeanine Leclaire. 11ARTS Whatever happened to Tiny Tim? 12HEALTH Clinical Pilates. 14PLACES Casa da Calma. 16FOCUS ON Processing olives. 18property The property market today. 21property Property of the month. 22LIVING TV on Broadband. 25HOME Pretty in Pink. 28FOOD From Quinta Fonte do Bispo. 31gardens Growing succulents. 34environment Burning logs. 38finance News on the pound. 42sport Golf tips from Keith Ashdown. 44sport The latest from Chris Wright. 46BOOK lovers’ corner This month's book review. 47classifieds Grab a local bargain. 31 28 16 CONTENTS 8 14 Dish of the day + drink €6.50 Dish of the day + drink + dessert and coffee €8.50 Specialities include Fresh local seafood • Cataplanas • Special seafood rices • Fish noodles • Fresh grilled fish • Filet in Mirandesa style (considered the best meat in Portugal)• French veal steak • Duck breast in orange and honey PLUS MUCH MUCH MORE! Rua da Liberdade n.º 126 Fuseta • OlhÃo • Algarve Telephone 289 798 045 FUSETA 8
  3. 3. www.eastalgarvemag.com Music TAVIRA - Music in the Churches, 06/11-27/11, 18h00, T. 281 320 500. TAVIRA - 2ND Almadrava Fado Gala, 21h30, Santa luzia Civil Par- ish Hall. S.B.DE ALPORTEL - 26th S.B. De Alportel Youth Accordionist Festi- val, 28/11, 15h00, Cinema theatre. V.R.STO. ANTONIO - Michael Jackson Dance Tribute, Daily, 22h30, Monte Gordo Casino. Theatre V.R.STO. ANTONIO - "Tabacaria", 09/11-15/11, 10h00 and 14h30, Municpal library. TAVIRA - Chocolate Pickles, 13/11 21h30, 15/11 18h00, cine Antonio Pinheiro TAVIRA - Aparato, 20/11, 21h30, 21/11 17h00, Espaço da Corre- doura OLHÃO - Adventure in the attic of dreams, 20/11-21/11, 16h00, Municipal Auditorium. Exhibits S.B.DE ALPORTEL - Works by Dorneles and Lucia Silva "Con- crete Cork", Until 15/11, Alportel Museum. TAVIRA - The 1st Republic in Tavira: Transformations and Continuities, Until 31/12, Municipal Museum. TAVIRA - Centenary of the Re- public, books and memories, Until 31/12, Municipal library. TAVIRA - "City and Rural Worlds", Until 18/06/11, Municipal libary and Palacio Da Galeria. S.B.DE ALPORTEL - Jeanne Peucherin- Condamin, Until 30/11, Municipal Gallery. Fairs TAVIRA - St Martins Celebrations, 11/11, 21h30, Headquarters of the Association. TAVIRA - St Martins Celebrations, 15/11, 15h00, Headquarters of the Association. S.B.DE ALPORTEL - 3rd Fair of Solidarity, 27/11-28/11, Municipal Pavilion. Page 4 Page 5info@eastalgarvemag.comwww.eastalgarvemag.com Emergency help 112 Faro Hospital 289 891 100 Faro Bombeiros 289 888 000 Natiional civil protection 214 247 100 Tavira GNR 281 329 030 Tavira PSP 281 322 022 Olhão GNR 289 701 457 National forest protection 117 Emergency social security 144 EMERGENCY NUMBERS Email: info@eastalgarvemag.com Telephone 961 700 200 Postal Address: EN270, CXP797A, Fonte Bispo, Tavira Contact us This notice board is free for readers to use. Send us news, ideas or suggestions you’d like to share with our readers. Page 5 guesthouse, BAR & BISTRO QUINTA FONTE DO BISPOQUINTA FONTE DO BISPO Call 281 971 484, email info@qtfontebispo.com or see our website www.qtfontebispo.com or see our map on the back page Car boot sale at Quinta Fonte do Bispo 10am - 2pm. (Portuguese time) [Carvery lunch available] On the fourth sunday of each month, we attend the above event to raise funds for the abandoned animals centre. We will be selling english greetings cards, books, clothes and bric a brac We hope that you will be able to come along and support us as well as having an enjoyable time and finding lots of lovely bargains. We also welcome any donations of items for us to sell. There will be a carvery lunch available at the quinta from 1pm from 10 euros a head , please ring [00 351] 281971484 to book in advance if you require this. If you require any more information please contact any of the following Maria hodgson maria.Bluelizard@ btinternet.Com Chris martin e-mail chrisjohn. Martin@yahoo.Co.Uk Caz woodward peterandcas.Flores@ gmail.Com For directions see the back page The Bowen Technique Treatments in Olhao clinic only 30 Euros. Call Gareth for appointment tm.912 540 071 What’s on Your guide to what's on, in and around the East Algarve this month. Have fun! Things to do this November 2010 bank holidays and festivals Here’s your handy cut out & keep guide to the 2010 bank holidays and festivals, with compliments of East Algarve magazine. Carnival/Shrove Tuesday......... 16 Feb Maundy Thursday........................1 Apr Good Friday, ................................2 Apr Easter Sunday..............................4 Apr Liberation Day (Sunday)............25 Apr Labour Day, (Saturday).............. 1 May Corpus Christi, (Thursday)......... 3 Jun National Day in Portugal, (Thursday)................................. 10 Jun Assumption Day, (Sunday).......15 Aug Republic Day, (Tuesday)..............5 Oct All Saints’ Day, (Monday)...........1 Nov Independence Restoration Day, (Wednesday)................................1 Dec Immaculate Conception, (Wednesday)................................8 Dec Christmas Eve...........................24 Dec Christmas Day, (Saturday).......25 Dec www.eastalgarvemag.com Page 5 CARVERY Lamb, Beef & Turkey, plus all THE trimmings Sundays from 1.00pm Booking advised Only 10€ 3 course option available for only 14€ STEAK night Fridays, from 6.30pm *RUMP €8.50 *Rib EYE €10.00 *SIRLOIN €13.00 *16oz t-bone €19.50 (48 hours notice for T-Bone) All steaks come with home made chips, onion rings, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, and peas. MARKETS Loulé: Every Saturday. Estoi: 2nd Sunday of the month. Moncarapacho 1st Sunday of the month. Quelfes: 4th and 5th Sundays of the month. Tavira: 3rd Saturday of the month. Vila Nova de Cacela: 3rd Sunday of the month. Castro Marim: 2nd Saturday of the month. Sta Catarina: 4th Sunday of the month. The Michael Jackson Dance tribute returns to the Monte Gordo Casino, throughout November. SAO BRAS CHARITY SHOP Sao Bras Charity shop is the only official charity shop in Sao Bras and is under the umbrella of Pravi, The shop is run by a team of dedicated volunteers who want to help in the area of protection of Victims of Animal Abuse and Abandonment and the development of a program of animal assisted therapy for children & the elderly. Towards this end the shop needs the support of the general public by you donating any unwanted clothes, bric a brac, furniture, and electric goods. If the goods need picking up please telephone this Number 915806647 and arrangements can be made for the pick up. If you want to know any further information regarding Pravi, see: www.pravi-englishlanguage.blogspot.com FADO NIGHTCasa do Polvo Tasquinha Santa Luzia, 11th Nov, 20h00Starters, Main courseFish or meat, dessert,house wine during meal and coffee. Tel 281 328 527
  4. 4. News Page 6 Page 7www.eastalgarvemag.com www.eastalgarvemag.com Page 7 AFFORDABLE LIVING ON THE EASTERN ALGARVE Situated 11km from Tavira and 11km from Vila Real de Santo António and the Spanish border. Most plots have sea views as the coast is only 5km from the park. The park has a swimming pool, Bar and Restaurant, Free Internet access, Daytime Reception and 24 Hour Security. Tel: (00351) 281 951 360 Tlm: (00351) 917 925 031 www.calico-park.com calicoparksales@mail.telepac.pt Visits by Appointment only Caliço ParkA L GA R V E P O R T UGA L VISIT OUR Showhome 2 BEDROOMS, 3 BATHROOMS, FULLY FURNISHED • New homes for sale • resales 2011 fees included • year round rentals • short and long term • rentals with option to buy • finance options available • plots to rent from 100m² Australian woman’s death in São Brás de Alportel questioned by family Jacinta Rees, an Australian woman who was found dead at her home in São Brás de Alportel in March 2008 case has been reopened. Her family are claiming that she was murdered despite Portuguese police ruling that she had committed suicide. The police stated "There were traces of blood found at the house, however there is no suspicion of murder.” The GNR spokesman continued: “The PJ police investigated the property and did not find any evidence of robbery or any other crime.” A few days before her death, Jacinta had been involved in a car accident and allegedly could have been "psychologically impaired". An Australian newspaper reported that a new autopsy by Australian authorities concluded that Jacinta Rees died from a “blunt force injury to the left side of the head. The injury pattern with trauma to both head and the left arm raises serious concerns. Further investigations are being undertaken via the Victorian Police Department’s homicide squad.” The family are apparently dissappointed with the Federal Government of Australia. Jacintas brother stated “All we want to know is the truth about what happened to her. She was our sister and our parents’ child – she deserves better than this.” He also added: “The Portuguese police have said that she died from a self inflicted wound and there were no signs of attack or defence but Jacinta’s skull had been caved in with an axe. She clearly had defensive wounds". “The Australian Embassy in Lisbon has been actively engaged in assisting Ms Rees’ family and the investigating officials. The Ambassador met with, and wrote to, senior officials in the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Public Prosecutor’s Office about the case. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade obtained a copy of the autopsy report from the Victorian Coroner and provided this to the Portuguese investigators. “The findings of the report were examined and taken into account by the Portuguese Prosecutor. Embassy officials followed up enquiries with the investigating officials and the Prosecutor’s office on more than 20 separate occasions, including following up on the findings of the Victorian coroner.” Restaurant, bar and pool. Upcoming events: Sat 6th Nov, Danny Maverick • Fri 12th Nov, live music from Teddy Boys band • Sat 20th Nov, live music with Golden Soul • Fri 26th Nov, Karaoke. Sat 4th Dec • Country & Western night, chilli & rice 5.50€ p.person • Fri 10th Dec, live music from the Teddy Boys band • Bookings now being taken for Xmas day. 3 course meal plus coffee & mints 25€ p.person. Contact montbelo@hotmail.co.uk 927 364 157 or 927 168 059 Ba r & R e s tau r a n t Mont BeloCaliço Park, Vila Nova de Cacela, Only 10mins from Tavira. REGULAR EVENTS - Quiz, Music, Karaoke & Car boot sale(1st Saturday of each month. 10am) Mini Market stocking a selection of UK products. Pool table & Dart board. SPECIALITIES • English Breakfasts from 4.50€. Fish & chips in homemade beer batter with mushy peas 5.50€. • Rib eye steak 10€. Lamb shanks 12.50€. Mussel mariniere 9€. • Sunday roast dinner - Beef & Pork with crackling and all trimmings 8.95€ or 5.95€ for children (from 1pm to 4pm every Sunday). • Homemade cheesecakes. House wine 1€ caneca 2€. Under New Management Caliço ParkA L GA R V E P O R T UGA L Book now for Xmas day only €25 p/p Olhão town hall faces environmental fine Hundreds of jobs are planned to be created following a new law which enables hypermarkets to open until midnight on Sundays and public holidays. The new law covers hypermarkets that cover more than 2000 square metres. A spokesman from Faro states “We are preparing the regulations which will determine the opening hours of hypermarkets in Faro council. Our position regarding the new decree-law will only be decided after evaluation of this government decision." Sunday the 24th of October was the first Sunday in which shoppers could benefit from the new extended opening hours of hypermarkets and a popular campaign was run by Continente, who offered a 10 per cent discount on all products purchased on the day. Hypermar- kets open on Sundays Illegal dumping of waste material in a landfill site inside the limits of Olhao’s riverside park in the Ria Formosa could cost Olhao tax payers between Euro 7,500 - 44,000 according to the regional development commission (CCDR). Olhao town hall was served with a formal complaint for dumping waste in Olhao’s western landfill site in December 2009. The town hall has since removed all of the waste material, placed barriers preventing access to the site and further illegal dumping and has also retreated the front of the landfill by three metres. CCDR report that a meeting is due to take place next week between the commission and the town hall to set a date for the resolution of the problem, which will only be fully resolved with the Ria Formosa Polis programme starting in 2011 and which includes the refurbishment of run down areas along the western part of Olhao’s riverside area, west of the port. “The size of the fine will depend on the outcome of the meeting and the plan to resolve the problem,” said a spokesman.
  5. 5. Page 8 Page 9www.eastalgarvemag.comPage 8 www.eastalgarvemag.com Meet Eduardo and Nicole and hear about their exciting new business venture. People People Art and Sole of Sta. Luzia Restaurant & Tapas bar santa luzia Menu includes; Octopus rice with prawns, Sea food, Tuna steaks, New Zealand lamb chops, Spare ribs and Steaks etc. AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE EVENTS Open 12:00-11:00pm Closed Tuesdays Avenida Eng. Duarte Pacheco, No 8 8800-545 Santa Luzia, Tavira, Algarve Tel +351 281 328 527 A beautiful restaurant with tradition, art and culture. English speaking staff.T his beautiful restaurant is owned by Eduardo, born in Santa Luzia. As a baby he went to live in Angola with his family, where he stayed for twenty two years. From the age of seventeen until twenty two he joined the Portuguese airforce, where he served in the Colonial war and travelled the remote parts of Africa. After this, he went to England and lived in Barrow in Furness for several years, trained as a welder, married and had three children. He then went on to work the oil rigs in the North Sea for six years. After much travelling and working in Nuclear and chemical plants and refineries of the Arab countries and Europe, he became self employed and started a personal leasing company. It was an agency for welders and fitters, sending employees the world over. 2007 was a turning point in Eduardo's life. A big client of his went bankrupt, owing a large amount of money, and not wanting to restart the business, Eduardo returned to Portugal. Shortly after returning, he met his partner Nicole, originally from Frankfurt, Germany, but had lived here for twenty years, working in the hotel business. Nicole had transformed a charming bed and breakfast, family run, with her Mother and Sister since 2001. Eduardo decided to open the restaurant Casa do Polvo - Tasquinha in Santa Luzia. His vision was to build a place where people could appreciate the history, arts and culture of the Santa Luzia, including not only excellent food, but the work of local artists too. He commissioned brothers Carlos and João Fonseca Martins to make the hand made tiles and Octopus sculpture, both a feature of the restaurant. The staff are all residents of Santa Luzia and are all being trained and educated by a professional 5 star chef. Eduardo believes in supporting the community. Casa do Polvo - Tasquinha specialise in Octopus, Grilled fish (of any kind, but pre-ordered), Argentinian rump and fillet steaks. They can cater for functions and events all year round, with a log fire for cosy winter dining. Why not visit Eduardo, he's happy to welcome people from all over the world (the staff speak five languages between them) and experience his vision, one that is here to stay, and he hopes will go down in history. For reservations and more information, see Casa do Polvo's advertisement to the right.
  6. 6. Page 11Page 10 ArtsArts www.eastalgarvemag.com www.eastalgarvemag.com P aintedusingarepresentational style and subtle colours, they capture private moments of people at home. The artist enters their bathrooms and bedrooms often finding them partly dressed, absorbed in daily routine. It is the candid relationships that exist between Leclaire and her subjects, which enable her to successfully emulate real life. As a result, peering into these small paintings is almost voyeuristic. On the reverse of each, a series of handwritten notes give insight into Leclaire’s thoughts and feelings. She challenges her own motivation and expresses her concerns – some are trivial, others are deep – but like the paintings, they are revealing. Born in Florida in 1980, she is following a distinguished career. She currently lives and works in Philadelphia where she is artist-in- residence at the prestigious Roger LaPelle Gallery. Philadelphia has one of North America’s most exciting art scenes and Jeanine Leclaire is one of its most controversial artists. Attracted by the sensitivity of her paintings and the astounding proficiency of her figurative style, Corte-Real presents her most recent work. The gallery is her sole representative in Europe. Open Thursday to Sunday from 11am until 5pm Signposted from Paderne, Ferreiras and Boliqueime Telephone: - 918 980 199 & 912 737 762 Philadelphia to Paderne Words Carolyn Kain, A fascinating new display at Galeria Corte-Real this month features intimate studies created by the American artist, Jeanine Leclaire. O h dear! Whatever happened to Tiny Tim, the crippled, youngest child of the Cratchit family? And where are the other Cratchit children this Christmas? Find out why Mr. and Mrs. Cratchit are dining alone in this new version of the old Dickens favourite, A Christmas Carol. Multi-lingual Aperitivo theatre group have written a new script set in the depression years of the 1930s. Always funny, the humour is blacker in parts than the original and the fantasy even wilder. Audiences at the Museum in São Brás, home of Aperitivo, have come to expect the unexpected from the innovative theatre group, whose richly talented members include singers,musicians,artistsandwriters Whatever happened to Tiny Tim? New venues for Aperitivos Mr. and Mrs. Bob Cratchit, played by Roger Legg and Jane Page, in Aperitivo Performance Group’s production of Bah Humbug! of six nationalities, and this year the team will take the production to new venues at both ends of the Algarve. As well as performing on the 10th and 11thDecemberattheMuseuminSão Brás, Bah Humbug! will be shown at a dinner theatre presentation at the Holiday Inn Algarve at Armação de Pera on the 15th December, and at the al-Masrah theatre in Tavira on the 17th December. The ‘fringe’ type al-Masrah theatre is anewlocationforAperitivo. Perfectly located in the centre of Tavira, just across from the Cine-Teatro, it is a small, intimate venue ideal for this sort of production. Tiered, bench seating (bring a cushion!) means that all the audience will get a great view of the performance and feel really part of the Christmas spirit. So - as Tiny Tim always used to say – God Bless Us All, Each and Every One! For more information contact: aperitivoperformancegroup@gmail. com admin@amigos-museu-sbras.org or visit the website of the Friends of the Museum at www.amigos- museu-sbras.org 24 Casa das Portas, Rua Dr Augusto Silva Carvalho, 3, 8800-324, TAVIRA, Portugal Telephone: +351 281 321 025 email for orders and information: info@casadasportas.com www.casadasportas.comCasa das Portas is a unique shop in the heart of Tavira, the most beautiful town in the Algarve. Visit the shop and experience first-hand not only the extraordinary images of the town created by the owner, Jane Gibbin, but also the ever changing collection of beautiful things ethically sourced from Portugal and around the world.
  7. 7. www.eastalgarvemag.comPage 12 Page 13 Health Following my article in the October edition, I was contacted by Vera Sousa who runs a Clinical Pilates class in Moncarapacho. www.eastalgarvemag.com I went along to watch a class and report on how this gentle form of exercise not only strengthens your inner core, but in doing so, is an excellent way to prevent your aches and pains. The exercises can be tailored to suit your specific restrictions or weakness. Details of when and where the classes are held can be found at the end of this article. The after class ‘glass of wine and chips’ is not compulsory but makes for a very sociable end to a very enjoyable class!! So what is Pilates? Pilates is an innovative system of mind-body exercise evolved from the principles of Joseph Pilates. Pilates dramatically transforms the way your body looks, feels and performs. It builds strength without excess bulk, creating a sleek, toned body with slender thighs and a flat abdomen. It teaches body awareness, good postureandeasy,gracefulmovement. Pilates improves flexibility, agility and economy of motion. It can even help alleviate pain. Professional dancers have known the benefits of Pilates for decades. Top athletes use it for strength, flexibility, and injury prevention. Hollywood celebrities and supermodels use it to maintain beautiful physiques. A miracle? Not really. Developed from the rehabilitation techniques of Joseph Pilates, Pilates is a safe, sensible exercise system using a floor mat or equipment, that will help you look and feel your very best. No matter what your age or condition, it will work for you. Pilates gets your mind in tune with your body by emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and complete concentration on smooth, flowing movement. You become acutely aware of how your body feels, where it is in space, and how to control its movement. The quality of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions. Proper breathing is essential, and helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency. Pilates exercises develop a strong "core," or centre of the body. The core consists of the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. Control of the core is achieved by integrating the trunk, pelvis and shoulder girdle. The Pilates exercises are based on 8 principles: Breathing. Respiration is very important in Pilates and should happen in synchrony with the exercise. Exhalation should happen when the person does the movement in the routine. Focus Pilates works with the mind as well as the body. The mind needs to be focussed at all times. Concentration is very important to promote the correct alignment and conscience of the body. Control. The control of the movement is elementary when we work against gravity. Core. In Pilates the core of the body is the “powerhouse”.Thecoreiscomposed of deep abdominal muscles, deep spinal muscles and the pelvic floor muscles. Precision. Precision of movement is the long term aim in Pilates. The regular practice of the technique creates more precision which brings more conscience and control. Fluidity. All Pilate’s movements should be done with fluid movements. Isolation. In Pilates, with practice, we develop a better conscience of our body and Osteopathy For muscular and articular problems, treated by harmonising and resetting the body’s structure. CranioSacral therapy Massage service •All massages are performed by health professionals using biologic essential oils for aromatherapy •Swedish massage,Quiromassage, Reflexology, •Lymphatic drainage, Traditional Thai massage, •Local massage for legs and feet or neck back and shoulders. Catherina Pauwels, Ilse Brenner Tel: 919 660 211 or 963 706 624 IN THE CENTRE OF TAVIRA Mail: catherinapauwels@clix.pt Clinical Pilates muscles. So with practice we should be able to use the right muscle for specific exercise. Routine. As with any therapeutic exercise, repetition brings more skills and benefits. No other exercise system is so gentle to your body while giving it a challenging workout. Many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, and most are low impact and partially weight bearing. Pilates is so safe, it is used in physical therapy facilities to rehabilitate injuries. Vera runs her classes on a Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm till 8pm at ‘Bem me Quer’, No. 24 Rua 5 de Octobro, Moncarapacho. Her telephone number is 914 131 697. The classes are extremely friendly and in an air conditioned room with music and mats, and equipment provided. ‘Bem me Quer’ also has a shop selling nutritional supplements, health foods and it also has facilities for massage, physiotherapy, homeopathy, acupuncture, yoga and much more. This is definitely worth checking out. Gareth Bullock, Bowen Therapist.
  8. 8. Page 14 www.eastalgarvemag.com Page 15www.eastalgarvemag.com Places Places T his stunning retreat is owned and managed by Nicole Effenberg. Originally from Frankfurt, Nicole settled here twenty years ago. Her dream since childhood was to have "her own little place to receive clients from all over the world". She began her career as an apprentice in Hotel Management after leaving school. Nicole worked her way up through the ranks and has been in charge of 120 staff, worked in top hotels and five star resorts, and eventually becoming VIP PA in the resort Vila Vita Parc. Nicole is fluent in many languages, German, English, Portuguese and many more. She found her dream property in 2001, Casa da Calma, a 7 bedroom bed and breakfast in a tranquil setting near Moncarapacho in the East Algarve. With help from her mother and sister, the dream became reality. Originaly an old farmhouse, Nicole worked very hard to transform it, with much renovation and refurbishing to tackle by herself. The name came from the simple tranquility that surrounded the place, literally the meaning is house of calm. Casa da Calma is undoubtedly a peaceful retreat. Nicole makes sure guest want for nothing. The 7 rooms are fully equipped with bath robes, satelite T.V., hairdryers and much more. Breakfast is buffet style, with fresh local produce. There is a lovely heated pool, a terrace area for sun worshippers and the exceptional gardens to explore (the total land area is 1.3 hectares). Nicole also provides a sauna, childrens play area and a well stocked honesty bar in the stylish dining room. Snacks and evening meals are prepared upon request. You may recognise Nicole from our feature on Eduardo and the Restaurant Casa do Polvo - Tasquiha. Nicole has found love, and has her hands more than full helping out at the restaurant, therefore decided that it's time to let someone else enjoy Casa da Calma. A fully operational and licensed rural B&B, Nicole is selling Casa da Calma as a going concern. If you are interested in buying Casa da Calma, and would like to arrange a visit, call 966 978 937 for an appointment. Casa da Calma As Nicole bows out, a perfect opportunity arises to purchase this rural B&B, in the East Algarve.
  9. 9. Page www.eastalgarvemag.com Pagewww.eastalgarvemag.com Focus on olive processingPhotographs by Richard Bassett O lives mature on the tree and can be harvested for green table olives when the fruit is immature or left on the tree to ripen. The ripe olives are also harvested for processing as food but are left on the trees still longer if they are to be used for oil. Six to eight months after the flowers bloomed, the fruit will reach its greatest weight; and 20-30% of that weight (excluding the pit) is oil. I was intrigued by the oil processing, walking past the Sta Catarina co op every day, my nosiness got the better of me and I went to investigate. Not having the best portuguese vocabulary, I stumbled around the factory like a complete tourist. Anyone can visit the co-op factory and museum with an appointment, they will show you the 75 year old machinery and there are information boards in English to explain the age old process. Locally, olives are harvested by hand, sheets of netting or plastic are placed on the ground under the trees, and the harvesters climb ladders and comb the fruit from the branches. Long-handled rakes made of wood or plastic are used to pull the olives from the tree. There are other methods of harvesting including striking the branches with long canes or using shaped animal horns as combs to scrape the fruit from the branches. Pickers who use their fingers only employ a milking motion to strip the fruit from the trees. Hand picking is preferred by most growers. After harvesting of a tree's crop is completed, the nets filled with olives are emptied into baskets or crates, which are then transported to the processing plant. At the processing plant, the harvest bags are emptied into 1,000 lb (450 kg) bins and then deposited onto conveyors, past a blower that blasts leaves and tree and dirt particles off the fruit. They are washed in pure water and placed in 55 gal (2001) barrels. For brine curing of green olives, 12-14% salt and water are added to the barrels filled with olives. One cup of live active brine is added to each barrel; the live active solution is previously used brine that contains airborne yeasts and sugars from the olives that fermented in the brine. The active ingredient transfers enough yeast to begin the curing process in the new batch of brine. If salt and water alone were added to the olives, fermentation (curing) would not begin on its own, so the live active brine is a starter. SEPARATING THE OIL FROM THE VEGETABLE WATER AND SOLIDS The next step consists in separating the oil from the rest of the olive components. This used to be done with presses (hence the now somewhat obsolete terms first press and cold press), but is now done by centrifugation, except in old facilities. Some centrifuges are called three-phase because they separate the oil, the water, and the solids separately. The two-phase centrifuges separate the oil from a wet paste. In most cases, the oil coming out of the first centrifuge is further processed to eliminate any remaining water and solids by a second centrifuge that rotates faster. The oil is then left in tanks or barrels where a final separation, if needed, happens through gravity. This is called racking the oil. Finally the oil can be filtered, if desired. Depending on the curing method, pure water, caustic soda or lye, and coarse salt are used. Flavorings can be added to the brine. Among the favorites are red pepper or a variety of Mediterranean herbs for black olives and lemon or hot green peppers or chilies for green olives. Fennel, wine vinegar, or garlic can be used to add interest to any olive, but the time required for the olives to take on these flavors can range from a week for whole chilies to several months for a more subtle taste like the herb fennel. Pitted green olives can be stuffed to add color, flavor, and texture. Almonds, pearl onions, sliced pimentos, mushrooms, anchovies, and pimento paste are the most common olive accessories. The key to the flavor, color, and texture of the olive is the moment of harvest. The fruit can be harvested when it is green and unripe, fully ripened to black or any stage in between. Older fruit can be salt-cured or dry cured to produce a salty, wrinkled product. Damaged fruit can still be used by pressing it into oil. It is the combination of the harvest, the cure, and any added flavors that yield the characteristics sought by the producer and consumer. Lye treatment is done to remove the bitterness of the olive. Olives contain oleuropein (after their botanical name Olea europea), and it is this substance (a compound called a glucoside) that makes them too bitter to eat directly from the tree. Curing with lye softens the olive so it can be picked when it is still hard, but olives to be naturally cured must be more ripe, handled carefully, and processed quickly. In order to produce edible olives, harvested olives are cleaned and then cured in a natural brine of salt, oil, and flavorings or artificially with lye. Taste of the final product depends upon variety, time of harvest, and curing solution. Written by Katie Bassett s p o n s o r e d b y
  10. 10. Page 18 Page 19 T he past two years have not been good for real estate in the Algarve, resulting in lower prices and transaction rates falling sharply. It is likely the market will remain weak going well into next year. For a sustainable recovery we need a stronger, broad based economic recovery which is unlikely to happen as we are in the midst of a massive deleveraging cycle where households, corporations and governments are reducing spending and selling assets to repay debt. Talks of new rounds of quantitative easing (QE) in the USA and UK indicate that these economies are not out of the woods yet. More QE increases currency volatility and uncertainty, but both governments don’t seem to mind having a weak currency. A competitive devaluation helps exports. As a buyer from the UK looking to purchase a property abroad, you may be less than pleased by this action. With the exception of strong economic growth in Germany, elsewhere in the euro zone the recoveryisweak.Manygovernments have announced austerity measures to reduce budget deficits. This will be gradually implemented in the next three to four years. Most plans are ambitious but necessary in order to avoid increasing debt servicing cost when interest rates move back up again in the future and includes tax increases, reduced government spending and job losses in the public sector. In times of job insecurity, underfunded pensions and the unknown effect of the austerity measures on disposable income, people tend to postpone the purchase of durable goods if possible. The feel good factor is simply not there. 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  12. 12. Page 22 www.eastalgarvemag.com Page 23www.eastalgarvemag.com Broadband Algarve Internet via Satellite Access the Internet even where phone lines cannot reach Packages to suit everyone Special discounts for afpop members (00351) 918 771 381 (Vic) (00351) 918 851 232 (Stephanie) www.broadbandalgarve.co.uk enquiries@broadbandalgarve.co.uk ALGARVE AUCTIONS & SALES Barracha São Brás Over 1,000 items for sale, each and every week. Antiques, furniture, household goods, etc., always available. For intake of items please ring first Tel 919 767 066 algarveauctions@hotmail.com Sta Catarina EN270 Sao Bras Barracha ✤ Interior and exterior painting ✤ Friendly service ✤ Highest quality paints ✤ Free quotes ✤ Algarve covered Tel 289 841 896 Mob 912 780 721 email stephenfreeman@sapo.pt Professional painter and decorator STEPHEN FREEMAN Make the most of your broadband internet connection by watching UK television channels. Living Open Mon 9am - 4pm Weds 10am - 1pm, 2.30pm - 4pm Sat 9am - 1pm Serving You and Your Guests with Complete Satisfaction in Mind 00 351 913 692 170 or UK 0161 298 4800 www.smartavillas.com Rentals & Property Management Let us make renting easy. Management Packages tailored to suit your needs Advertising•Enquiries & Bookings •Payment Collection•Cleaning •Laundry•Meeting•24/7 Helpline •Bill Payments•Guest Services; Golf Leisure Trips & Transfers Onlineshoppingnowavailable Seewebsitefordetails– www.minimercadocorotelo.yolasite.com International & Portuguese newspapers and magazines • Fresh bread daily • Large range of British brands • Frozen foods • Fresh fruit and vegetables • Beers wines & spirits • Special offers Secondhand bookshop adjoining mini market Mini Mercado Guerreiro, Corotelo, Sao Bras de Alportel, 8150-029 Tel: - 289 843 920 Email: - corotelo.mercado@gmail.com taviraauctionAladdin´s Cave New & Used discount store Looking for a reasonably-priced sofa or washing machine? Want to get rid of your bed to make room for a new one? Convert all your unwanted goods into cash! Remember, we want to buy your used furniture and household items, either one piece, or an entire household. Just give us a call! FARO N125 Mte Gordo Gran Plaza Tavira Auction Petrol Station TAVIRA Open Tues-Fri 10am-4pm Saturday 10am-1pm Tel 00351 916 138 059 00351 916 138 060 Email debbie@taviraauction.com www.taviraauction.com At Aladdin's cave, we buy, sell, and trade furniture and household items every day so our inventry is always fresh.You never know what you'll find when you visit our store. We deal in most everything you find in a house and home: white goods, furniture for all rooms, furnishings, linens, pictures, light fittings, lamps and decorative items. Since we are buying every day, our selection is always changing, so it pays to shop often. if you can't make it to our store, call us any time to find out if we have what you're looking for. Keep in mind that these are one of a kind items, and when they're gone, they're gone, but there is always something new arriving soon, so keep checking with us. Timing is everything! D o your family and friends have withdrawal symptoms when they visit and miss Corrie, Eastenders, Emmerdale or Hollyoaks, or do you wish you could catch up with all that’s new back in the UK? Relief is at hand with a new ‘plug and play’ set top box that can receive 100’s TV arrives in the Computer Age MASTERJOINERJoiner & General Maintenance... 20 years experience of fitting Kitchens, Floors, Doors, Decking, Locks etc. Quality reliable service, competitive prices! Eastern Algarve & Central 281 328 648 or 926 615 244 masterjoiner@hotmail.co.uk of new channels, including your UK favourites and the only pre-requisite is a broadband connection with a minimum download speed of 2MB. You can check this for yourself by logging onto www.speedtest.net to check your download speed. Simply plug the set top box into your broadband router and you can tune into all your favourite UK TV programmes. This system utilises the internet to bring prime TV straight to your living room via a set top box. Because you are using your internet connection there are no hidden installation costs or need to rearrange your living room to accommodate the hole in the wall where the satellite cable comes in. Set Top Box will cost you about 175 Euros and a monthly charge of 25 Euros, or you can save 25% of the monthly charge by paying 225 Euros annually. We have sourced this product from Broadband Algarve and for more information please contact them on 918 851 232 or 918 771 381 or visit their websites at www. broadbandalgarve.co.uk or www. broadband-algarve.net (Please click on the ‘Broadband TV – Click Here’ star motif).
  13. 13. www.eastalgarvemag.com www.eastalgarvemag.comPage 24 Page 25 Home Frontera combines great design and quality with fantastic value for money. Bringing style into any home, whatever your requirements or budget. From a coffee table to a complete furniture pack. EN125, Nr Alfandanga, Fuseta e-mail: info@furniturefrontera.com www.furniturefrontera.co.uk Tel: 289 392 461 Tlm: 911 911 909 Monday to Friday, 10am - 6pm Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 5pm COMING SOON Our New Collection of Soft Furnishings & Accessories Live Life in Comfort Monday to Friday 10am - 6pm Saturday 10am - 5pm 27 Estrada de Vale d’Eguas - Almancil T. 289 396 385 • E. linenwarehouse@sapo.pt • www.linenwarehousealgarve.com The widest selection of linen and towels in the Algarve Valencia, Red Home Inspired by shades of pink, this stunning collection of furnishings and furniture are brought to you by Frontera Furniture. For contact details see their advert on the opposite page. Pretty in pink Neil & Emily Richardson removals “Caring for your possessions is second nature and we strive to care for yours as if they were our own” Tlm. +351 939 486 870/+351 939 486 807 Member of the British-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce Tel +351 281 963 191 or 0844 579 6577 (UK local) Email: neilandem@sapo.pt Website www.ne-internationalremovals.com Apartado 166, 8800 TAVIRA REMOVALS & STORAGE LOCAL, NATIONAL & UK Packing service • Mudanças e Armazenagem NEW WINTER STOCK NOW IN! BLANKETS, SILENT NIGHT ELECTRIC BLANKETS, FLANNELETTE SHEETS, AND FLEECY UNDER BLANKETS 1 Breton 5ft bed (€675) is part of a new range of bedroom and living room furniture made from a light natural lacquered oak with a classic French flavour. 2 Roll Back Dining Chairs in Mizu Blos- som (sale price €125 each) available in a light and dark finish, while stocks last. 3 The York occasional chair (from a selection starting at €250) has fluid curves, offering a modern appeal in its simplicity, differ- ent colours and styles available. 4 Tuscany Square Blossom (€27) avail- able in various styles and colours.
  14. 14. Page 26 Page 27www.eastalgarvemag.comwww.eastalgarvemag.com Open 7 days a week Located between Olhão and Pechao on the EN 2-6 Call now to place your order: Tel 937 809 074 - 937 809 065 - 289 703 020 Set lunch menu, 11.00-15.30 Authentic Indian food at its best! Enjoy your food inside, or out on the terrace. Good parking facilities. Quality food • Excellent service • Good prices Sítio do canal. tlm. 917 536 135 / 918 646 544 (gas station Santa Barbara de Nexe 400m. up and 300m. left by the well.) This BAR-BISTRO welcomes every- body for just a drink, some tapas or a dinner. The cosy atmosphere will make you feel at home and welcome. We have different wines by the glass or bottle, zero degrees Heineken from draft and many other choices. For more info visit www.sennas.eu Open from 17.00h, Sunday from 16.00h Closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays Rua Borda d’Agua da Asseca, 46-50 - 8800-325 Tavira, Tel./Fax 00 (351) 281 323 165, Tlm.916 822 117 E-mail info@beirariotavira.com www.beirariotavira.com tapas & wine Bistro 'International Tapas' & 'Fantastic House Wines ' Opening Early December Mesa do Chefe - Peral (the old CIG restaurant) International tapas restaurant and bar 50+ seater restaurant and all day bar with tapas snacks ROMAN BRIDGE Rua dos Cais Rua Dr, Jose Pires Padinha PraçadaRepública Câmera Municipal Finanças TAVIRA Traditional Portuguese restaurant in Tavira Specialising in Cataplanas Fish dishes: Salt Cod, Sea food rice, Sea devil rice, Tuna steak and Swordfish. Meat dishes: Steak on the stone, Kebabs, Leg of lamb. Rua Dr. José Pires Padinha, No2, 8800, TAVIRA Tel +351 281 321 642 Email: restaurantamerica@sapo.pt For your work Christmas party or just a great night out with family and friends join us at the Beira Rio Restaurante and the Black Anchor Irish Bar for all your festive celebrations. Friday, 17th Dec, Christmas Party Nights - €15 Hot Buffet followed by music & dancing Sunday, 19th Dec, Christmas Special Sunday Lunch. Mulled wine, music & dancing. Santa Arriving from North Pole at 5.00 pm. Monday, 20th Dec, Christmas Carol Sing Along Night Wednesday, 22nd Dec, Christmas Party Night - €25 Three Course Dinner followed by music & dancing Thursday, 23rd Dec, Christmas Party Night - €15, Hot Buffet followed by music & dancing Christmas Eve, Open from 12.00, food served all day. Early Bird Dinner Special (3 course) from 5.00pm until 8.00pm, €20,00 per person Christmas Day Closed Boxing Day Sunday Lunch Special – Open from 12.00pm. New Years Eve, New Years Eve Dinner with music and dancing. Ring in the new year with friends and family at the Beira Rio. See Tavira’s amazing fireworks display. €30.00 per person LIVE MUSIC EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY THROUGHOUT NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER Telephone 289 792 087 Rua do Carmo; No15, Moncarapacho, 8700-096, Olhão guesthouse, BAR & BISTRO QUINTA FONTE DO BISPOQUINTA FONTE DO BISPO For directions see our map on the back page The Singing Chef Returns to the Algarve Stuart Hogan is back in town and, together with Viola, will present an International Tapas Night at the Quinta da Fonte do Bispo on Thursday 11th of November. Stuart promises a gourmet Tapas selection combined with dancing and Portuguese wine; in his words, an evening of Food, Fun, Fine-wine and Fabulous International Entertainment. If this evening is a success, Stuart will present a different selection every Thursday evening for the rest of the year. The first menu will consist of: U.S.A. style: Pork Ribs, Indian: Tandoori chicken, Ukranian: Potato pancakes, Indonesian: Nasi goreng, Russian: Clear fish soup, Portuguese: Canja Soup (chicken) €12.50 per person (second serving €2.50 per portion) and desserts are optional at €2 – 2.50 each. Doors open at 7.30 and dancing until 11.00 (please telephone Stuart on 911 073 084 to book your places). Mesa do Chefe number 2 is on it’s way! We wanted all our readers in East Algarve Magazine to be the first to know our new exciting news. Our new restaurant, Mesa do Chefe – Peral, will be opening at the beginning of De- cember. After carefully searching for some time now for a 2nd site, we have found the perfect restaurant in Peral, near Sao Bras de Alportel. It is the old CIG/Piccolo Italia site which provides us with the much needed extra seating with a 50+ capacity restau- rant in a perfect tranquil location. The new plans are very exciting and include an all day bar with tapas snacks available. You can expect to find the same exceptional quality and value as you did in Moncarapacho. We look forward to seeing you at Mesa do Chefe - Moncarapacho of course and at our new site in Decem- ber! We will be taking bookings for Christmas parties, why not come and sample some of your favourite tapas and some new festive additions? Telephone Emma or John on 289 792 087/91 871 058
  15. 15. Page 29www.eastalgarvemag.com Food Introduce their new winter menu. A selection of dishes from all over the world. For details or reservations call 281 971 484, or see their advert on the back page. Page 28 www.eastalgarvemag.com PhotographRichardBassett Quinta Fonte do Bispo 24 Restaurant & SNACK Bar MONCARAPACHO 34 294 RONALDO’S BAR The place in the hills with a view, Monte Novo, Faz Fato Sat 4th December, Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, music ambiental, only €10 per head Tuesday afternoons Boules - pétanque, 3pm Afternoon teas, home made cakes available daily Tuesday night, Soup, bangers & mash €6.50 Wednesday night, 3 course indian buffet €8 Thursday night, Soup shepherds pie €6.50 Friday night, Fish, chips & mushy peas €8 Saturday, Steak, chicken & mushroom pie €7 Sunday, lunch, soup, roast pork-chicken €8 Telephone, 912 827 058 Faz Fato RONALDO’S Casa Pasto Fernanda Corte Antonio Martins Campo Golf Monte Rei Vila Nova de Cacela N125TAVIRA V.R.S.A Happy hours Mon-Sat, 15.00-19.00, Beer & Wine €1.00, All other drinks 25%Off Sunday Roast 2-courses €9.95, served from 1pm 'till late, booking recommended Breakfast & Lunch served Mon-Sat, by reservation only Tel. (00351) 281 327 381• Mob. (00351) 910 044 654 • Website www.taviragardenbistro.com TAVIRA GARDEN Under New ManagEment To CabanasTo River Gilao Mini Preco EN125 We are here To Continente From top: Fresh Mussel pasta,Emperors Pork, with sweet chilli sauce, Beef casserole and dumplings
  16. 16. Page 30 www.eastalgarvemag.com Page 31www.eastalgarvemag.com Restaurante MUSEU DO VINHO Rua Almirante candido dos Reis 63 - Tavira R.Joao Vaz corte Real R.deSant’Anna BecodeSantana R.DrAntoniocabriana R.Jacques Pessoa R.Jose Joaquim Jara R.Eduarda Lapa R.dos Cais PraçadaRepublica CalçadadaGaleria CalçadadeDonnaAnna R.Gonçalo Velho R.dos Pelames R.Dr.Jose Pires Padinha R.Dr.Jose Pires Padinha Travessa Dr.Parreira R.M onialvao R.daLiberdade R.Palmeira R.Silva R.Dr.Parreira R.SilvaDomingues R.Poeta Emiliano da Costa R.Alm.Candido dos Reis R.Bordad e Agua da Asseca R.Alm.Candido dos Reis R.Ama liaRodrigues R.Dom M arcelino Franco Dr.Augusto CarlosPalma R.Dom Paio Peres Correia Traves sadaFonte Roman Bridge, Tavira “Very welcoming & excellent food, thoroughly recommend it! Excellent service and friendly atmosphere” “Excellent food, good wine, great excperience” “Excellent food, fantastic service, always with a smile” For reservations Telephone 918 502 029 International cuisine with French specialities Private dining room available & Warm Patio eating area Located in the center of Tavira, only 5 minutes from Vila Gale and Porta Nova hotels WEDNESDAY UNTIL SUNDAY FROM 10.00 HR - 17.00 HR MONDAY AND TUESDAY CLOSED WINTER CLOSURE FROM CHRISTMAS UNTIL 1st OF FEBRUARY • LOCATION: ALCARIA DO CUME, RN 397, TAVIRA - CACHOPO • WEB: WWW.MESADOCUME.NET • PHONE: 281326144 / 912725745 Restaurant Mesa do Cume mesa do cume TABLE ON THE TOP "Part of the fun is getting there". OSuplemento "Highly recommended" 1-2-3Algarve "Enjoy the feeling of having entered a world, where all the senses are gratified." GoodLife AL FRESCO DINING TERRACE WITH SPECTACULAR VIEWS EXCITING SERRA DRIVE 40 MIN. NORTH OF TAVIRA REFRESHMENTS, COFFEE, HOMEMADE CAKES, LITTLE APPETIZERS MARKED WALKING TRAILS, MAPS AVAILABLE DELIGHTFUL & AFFORDABLE MENU, WHICH INCLUDES EXCELLENT VEGETARIAN CHOICES Al- ar-roba RESTAURANT Tavira A traditional Portuguese restaurant in the center of Tavira, serving typical Portuguese food, in warm and friendly surroundings. Roman bridgePost office Tavira Camara We are here River GilaoRua da Liberdade 72 8800-408 Tavira Tel 281 107 488 964 013 623 www.restaurantealfarroba.com Gardens W hen you start playing with plants for your garden you have a refreshing alteration of scale, focusing on individual leaves as opposed to vast sweeps of a border. It is light work, intricate and absorbing, yet it can have equally high-octane impact. Succulent plants, with their plump, water- retaining leaves and stems, are often quite chubby compared to many species, yet close inspection can reveal that they look delicate and exotic. Many are ideal to adorn your garden. Succulents are a large, diverse group and what counts is somewhat debatable. Debatable succulentsincludehalophytes (plants that grow in salt marshes), bulbs (many people consider a few bulbs such as Bowia and Heamanthus to be succulents), Welwitchia (a weird cone baring plant all the other generally accepted succulents are flowering plants) and even some cacti. Even if you exclude all these, you're left with a huge range: rain forest epiphytes (e.g. Hoya and Schlumbergera), alpines from the mountains of Europe, cacti from Canada and Patagonia, not to mention all those succulents from deserts and semi- deserts in fairly warm to very hot climates. For the purposes of this article, I'll just consider the warmer climate desert plants that are grown as houseplants in cooler climates. Even this group is very varied and sometimes plants with very different cultural requirements are included in the same genus (e.g. Euphorbia and Mammillaria). (Most the succulent bulbs will grow well if treated like this.) Light: Most plants (including succulents) are basically solar powered and succulents like more light than most. They'll do best on a south-facing wall (north-facing in the southern hemisphere). Although succulents do well outside all year here you must keep an eye on your plants, as succulents can be burnt by too much light and heat but this rather depends on the type and where you live. Also plants can aclimatetize to some extent. Heat: Many succulents will tolerate (if not prefer) to have a cool winter period when they only have protection from frost (many will tolerate some frost). However there are others that need to be kept above 10 degrees C. If you have a greenhouse, you may like to concentrate on the kinds that tolerate cooler conditions (they include most the small round cacti that have nice Gardeners spend a lot of time looking at the overall picture, and by way of a change it's good to get down and examine plants at really close quarters. How to grow Succulents
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Christmas has arrived at QM,Christmas crackers,cards and wrap,lots of gift ideas,come and be inspired,and enjoy complimentary tea or coffee Come and discover QM country shop and Garden centre Massive selection of wall art Indonesian teak sculpture and bowlsSculpture Outdoor living & lifestyle Aquatic plants Inspiration and ideas for your Garden           flowers, some large cacti, most Opuntias, most Crassulaceae, Aloes, Agaves, some Euphorbias and all Messembrianthemums). If you're growing your succulents somewhere that stays hot all the time, you should stick to the more tropical kinds: Melocactus, many large cacti, some Euphorbias, stapeliads, Kalanchoes, Pachypodiums etc. although you can probably get away with some of the more tolerant types like Aloes. Water: This is complicated. Most books advise to water about once a week from spring to autumn and not at all in the winter. This is fine if you're keeping them cool in the winter, and don't have winter growing types. If you're keeping them warm all year, you really need to water all year, but probably a bit less in the winter. Winter growing kinds will need watering about once every 2 to 4 weeks in the winter. You really have to learn to tell when things are looking thirsty. The stemless Messembrianthemums are very fussy about when they get watered and they're all different! Fertilizer: Accepted wisdom says that succulents like low nitrogen fertilizer. However I think balanced fertilizer (with trace elements) is perfectly OK. Compost: Succulents will grow well in wide range of composts. Many people use peat based compost. Others use inorganic compost composed of things like pumice, perlite and sand. I mostly use a perlite- based compost and the only things I've found it doesn't work for are Bulbines. Anacampseros and, more so, Avonia like loam based compost. Pots: Old books recommend clay pots but plastic works just fine. Don't put plants in pots smaller than about 5cm as this will really dwarf the plants. If you're going to put multiple plants in the same container, make sure they like similar conditions and grow at about the same speed. Don't mix winter and summer growing plants or cacti and Crassulaceae (the latter take over) and don't mix stemless Messembrianthemums with anything. Pests and diseases: Again complicated as pests keep evolving immunity and the availability of insecticides keeps changing. The main problems are: Mealy bugs (white fuzzy things that look a bit like small woodlice), root mealy bugs (similar but live in the soil), red spider mites (very small, cause brown scarring) and various types of rot. Many people use systemic insecticides and fungicides every year or so but crassulaceae really don't like systemic insecticides or Malathion. Red spider mites don't like being sprayed with water. I use bulb powder in the compost to prevent fungus and root mealy bugs. If you can put your plants outside or let them get cold in the winter, it will help keep the pests down. If you have a plant that dies at the base, you can often chop off the dead and dying bits and get what's left to take root. You may also be able to graft the top bit. Some more easily grown succulents (good to start with): Aeonium, Agave, Aloe, Apteranthus, Beaucarnia, Carpobotros, Cereus, Crassula, Dracena, Delosperma, Echeveria, Echinopsis (now includes Lobivia, Trichocereus etc.), Euphorbia (some, remember there are tropical and cooler climate species), Gasteria, Graptopetalum, Gymnocalycium, Haworthia, Kalanchoe, Lampranthus, Lithops, Mammillaria (easy species include: boccasana, gracilis and prolifera), Notocactus, Opuntia, Pachyphytum, Plectranthus, Rebutia, Sedum (warmer climate kinds the cold climate types should be grown in the garden in a cold climate), Senecio.
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With this in mind a few thoughts on how to get the maximum heating benefit from burning wood to keep your home warm this year. Moisture content: The moisture contained in wood has by far the great- est effect on its calorific value or capacity for heating when burnt. Green or freshly felled wood can contain between 60% to 70% moisture, so that more than half of the woods volume has to boil away before the wood will burn properly, this drastically reduces the energy re- leased as useful heat as opposed to steam going up the chimney. Lighting logs that aren’t dry will result in a fire that smoul- der’s and creates lots of tars and smoke (if they light at all) and will blacken the glass of your wood stove or clog up the chimney flue with black sticky tar like soot. These tars can be corrosive, potentially damaging the lining of the flue and increasing the danger of a chimney fire as the tar is highly combustible, being unburned fuel released from the wood when it was cooked at low tem- perature due to the cooling effect of the water content evaporating. Wood Storage: Dry, well seasoned wood gives us the best heat output but how do we achieve this seemingly simple task? The remedy for good, dry wood storage is simple! Store it up off the ground such that moisture cannot be drawn up from the surface below, ideally in some form of frame- work with open ventilated bottom, sides, front and back For wood burners, pellet stoves, pellets and chimney sweeping Call Gavin in Tavira Tel. 281 326 551 Environment and with a rain proof cover over the top. In this form, air can circulate through and around the wood ensuring that we burn the driest wood possible and maximise the heat gained from our expenditure. Most importantly – we should ensure that our wood store is stoutly constructed and able to maintain a sup- ply of dry wood ready for our use without collapsing upon us in use causing potentially serious injuries. The picture shows a good example of an outdoor free stand- ing wood store, that meets all the requirements outlined and in addition is simple to construct. The most commonly burned wood types in the Algarve are Olive, Almond and varieties of oak imported from the north. But remember! – all wood burns and produc- es heat, so even woods like pine and eucalyptus can be burned without problems as long as it is very well seasoned for 3 to 4 years minimum. Their heat output is lower however but it is heat all the same! Fire types: Open fires. Burning logs can be attractive and cosy but are a very inefficient method of heating even if correctly installed! Uncontrolled air flow takes hot air from the fire up the chimney, plus it draws heated air in from the rest of the house too, this is replaced with cold, outdoor air drawn in to the house through vents and drafts. Open fires run at very low efficiencies of 25% or worse, resulting in large amounts of smoke and ash for very little useful heat output. Even when not in use the chim- ney acts like a big vent that allows large amounts of cold air into the room, as it replaces the warm air rising up the chimney. Remember too, that open fires need a fine mesh spark guard to prevent fire damage to surround- ing soft furnishings and rugs. Closed high efficiency wood burning stoves are also attractive and cosy but are a super efficient method of heating! Controlled air flow takes small amounts of air The Burning question The summer has now slipped by and the nights are becoming colder with the mornings misty and damp with dew and reluctantly our thoughts turn to getting the heating working again. from the room and uses it to burn the wood in a highly efficient manner, even burning the smoke to maximise heat output! These fires, that can run at very high efficiencies ap- proaching 90%+ depending upon design, result in large amounts of heat output, small amounts of ash produced and dramatically reduced fuel consumption. When not in use the stove does not act like a big vent so the heat in the room is not lost and with their glass doors do not need a fine mesh spark guard. However! It is important to note that if young chil- dren or invalids are present some form of protective fire guard should be used, as the glass will reach very high temperatures when in use! Fire operation: One simple rule applies! – Burn dry wood and run it hot – this ensures that all combustibles & smoke are burned and maximises efficiency and heat output. Do not! Bank up the fire overnight and burn at a low rate – this causes extensive smoke production and low heat output with resultant chimney sooting, tarring and characteristic blackened door glass. Lastly, have the flue system cleaned regularly by a recognised and qualified chimney sweep, to ensure ef-
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Parque da Azinheira, Lote 3, R/C Dto, 8150-054, São Brás de Alportel Tlm. : +351 965 059 203 h: +351 912 230 676 Tel/Fax : +351 289 845 385 email: harmoclima@sapo.pt www.harmoclima.pt Solar systems Air-conditioning Heat pumps Central heating Under floor heating Central vacuum systems General plumbing Swimming pools Wind generators ENGLISH SPEAKING Specialists in Pólo Empresarial, loja 2 C, 8135 Almancil Tel: 289 395785 * Fax: 289 395266 www.pestecontrol.pt *pestecontrol@mail.telepac.pt Peste Control® do Algarve Pest Control services Peste Control has been exterminating: cockroaches, rats, ants, termites, fleas, woodworm, mosquitoes, wasps, pine tree caterpillar, palm weevil infestations (if the client would like, we also can cut the palm-tree down and take it away), etc. We are a dynamic company working with a professional team of specialists in the field of disinfection, controlling plagues according to the recommendations and normal standards laid down by the OMS - the world-wide Health Organisation and Health Ministry, in order to provide the highest hygienic and sanitary levels. We are at your disposal to give you free quotations for disinfecting areas where you have unwanted guests. Since 1980 Pólo Empresarial, loja 2 C, 8135 Almancil Tel: 289 395785 * Fax: 289 395266 www.pestecontrol.pt *pestecontrol@mail.telepac.pt Peste Control® do Algarve Pest Control services Peste Control has been exterminating: cockroaches, rats, ants, termites, fleas, woodworm, mosquitoes, wasps, pine tree caterpillar, palm weevil infestations (if the client would like, we also can cut the palm-tree down and take it away), etc. We are a dynamic company working with a professional team of specialists in the field of disinfection, controlling plagues according to the recommendations and normal standards laid down by the OMS - the world-wide Health Organisation and Health Ministry, in order to provide the highest hygienic and sanitary levels. We are at your disposal to give you free quotations for disinfecting areas where you have unwanted guests. Since 1980 Peste Control has been exterminating: cockroaches, rats, ants, termites, fleas, woodworm, mosquitoes, wasps, pine tree caterpillar, palm weevil infestations (if the client would like, we also can cut the palm- tree down and take it away), etc. We are a dynamic company, working with a professional team of specialists in the field of disinfection, controlling plagues according to the recommenda- tions and normal standards laid down by the OMS - the World-Wide Health Organisation and Health Ministry, in order to provide the highest hygienic and sanitary levels. We are at your disposal to give you free quotations for disinfecting areas where you have unwanted guests. Swim-Arte is a swimming pool company with over 30 years of experience. • We are experts in pool renovations, pool building, pool covers, UV and salt systems, heatpumps, child safety fences, chemicals and anything else for your pool. • We are distributors for EUROPA Piscinas fibreglass swimming pools. • We service and do pool cleaning. Protect-A-Child Pool Fencing is a strong,tight woven mesh fence which prevents tiny fingers or toes from climbing. The fence also conforms to any pool shape and is completely rustproof and maintenance free. life-time guarantee on the fibreglass posts. these pool fences are easily removable. Fencing around pools are soon to be a new regulation in Portugal. LUGARDE designs and creates wooden garden houses, log cabins, verandas and garages for extra storage in a wide variety of models and sizes. They offer plenty of space for customers to meet their own specific demands. LUGARDE creates high quality products at acceptable prices. •Pool covers and pool enclosures. •Prefabricated swimming pools less expensive and fast building. •DLW delifol pool lining with a 10year factory guarantee up to 12 coloUrs. •Whirlpools and SPAS. •WOOD LINE wooden pools in or above ground. •Filter installations and equipment. SWIM-ARTE E.N. 125, Sitio de Sao Pedro 8800-407 Tavira Tel : 281 326 671 Fax: 281 324 618 Email swimarte@hotmail.com We speak: English, German, Dutch and Portuguese ficient operation! Remember “A clean chimney is a safe and efficient chimney” The pictures below show the effects of the points men- tioned above not being followed! No chimney or live in an apartment? All the previous comments refer to burning wood in nor- mal log form, but what if you live in an apartment or a house built without a chimney? The solution - Burn Pellets! Compressed wood pellets, burned in a state of the art pellet stove provide a highly efficient, cost effective heat- ing system, inclusive of programmable automatic opera- tion and they can be installed where an outside wall is present and access can be gained for flue cleaning and maintenance in the future. Additionally, if you already have a wet central heating system burning costly gas or heating oil, then a pellet stove is available to provide an efficient and cost effec- tive boiler and space heating replacement. Gavin Stevenson-Bennett The Heat of the Moment Lda, Tavira Tel. 281 326 551 Telm. 968 386 896 Above left: Clogged flue liner removed and replaced following the burning of wet pine wood! Above right: Lumps of tar soot (shown next to a pencil for scale) removed from the flue
  20. 20. Page 38 www.eastalgarvemag.com www.eastalgarvemag.com Page 43 Finance The Euro – the Canary in the Goldmine. LICENSES & permits We can take care of all your license problems or queries, from Drivers’ licenses, Building permits, Pool licenses, Tourism licenses to car matriculation. Why not benefit from our experience! Please contact us with your questions and ask for a free ALL INCLUSIVE quote. AlgarDocuments Tel. (+351) 913 182 499 Skype contact: algardocuments www.algardoc.com info@algardoc.com AlgarDocuments T he state pension could be increased to about £140 a week under Government plans to ensure everybody has a "decent" income in retirement. Ministers are drawing up plans to sweep away the means-tested system and introduce a new flat- rate pension worth considerably more than at present. The basic state pension is currently £97.65 for a single person and £156.15 for a couple. Means-tested top-ups for the poorest ensure single pensioners have an income of at least £132.60 and couples get £202.40. Scrapping the complicated and expensive system is expected to save enough money from reduced bureaucracy to pay for the £140-a-week pension. The move would benefit everybody in retirement, including the better off. But it would be a particular boost for women, many of whom lose out on the state pension after taking time out of work - and national insurance contributions - to bring up children. I n early September the pound was sitting quite nicely at the 1.20s level and many people thought we would see it continue to move higher perhaps to 1.30. However, we have seen a steady drift down and now we have to try and work out where Sterling will be by the year end. The UK economy has stuttered of late. Such common indicators such as house prices have been poor and many professional commentators feel the UK has the possibility of returning to recession. This would not be good for the pound. The budget deficit is very large in the UK and the Government are bringing in massive spending cuts to try and bring this deficit back to reasonable levels. This could again weigh heavily on the economy and will affect the value of Sterling as perspective investors will not be confident in the state of the UK economy. It is therefore important to plan your currency purchases carefully. It may be advisable to explore the possibility of a forward contract. This is where you purchase your currency at a rate for a future date and alleviate the problem of fluctuating exchange rates. This can be useful if you are buying a property and need to pay in stages. The same can be said if you need to make regular payments such as transferring over a UK pension or funds to meet mortgage repayments. Exchange rates fluctuate and can be volatile, don’t get caught out with these movements, it will ultimately cost you money! Peter Rexstrew, Director at Premier FX, Almancil, Portugal Where now for the Pound? This is the question that is being asked by a lot of people, especially the expatriate community and people in the UK who have currency commitments abroad. UK state pension could be £140 a week (but not before the next General Election) A "decent" income in retirement
  21. 21. Page 40 www.eastalgarvemag.com Page 41www.eastalgarvemag.com Finance Insurances for: Health (international), House, Car and more... Proposals and Policy Wordings for various insurances in English!!! 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Lita Gale also offers investigative services, working closely with experienced in- telligence providers, sourcing vital information for legal battles, includ- ing civil investigations, asset tracing, and tracing defendants, debtors or witnesses. Able to find an answer to any legal doubt you may have, and to help in life’s little hiccups, including accidents and personal injury, employment issues, traffic offences, and more serious criminal charges, such as GBH, fraud, rape and domestic violence, Lita Gale International Solicitors enjoy a very high success rate. “We don’t play to lose,” Lita confides, “I’m like a dog – I’ll lose my teeth before I let go!” Desde violação de contrato, litígios referentes a propriedade e delimi- tação, implicações fiscais (herança/mais-valias), a testamentos portu- gueses, representação fiscal, e muito mais, a equipa legal na Lita Gale tem excelentes conhecimentos das questões legais locais e é capaz de proporcionar os resultados que o cliente espera. A Lita Gale disponibiliza também serviços de investigação, trabalhando em estreita colabora- ção com informadores experientes, obtendo informações vitais para batalhas legais, incluindo investigações civis, localização de bens e de arguidos, devedores ou testemunhas. Com capacidade para encontrar uma resposta para qualquer dúvida legal que o cliente possa ter e de ajudar nos pequenos percalços da vida, incluindo acidentes e aciden- tes pessoais, problemas de trabalho, infracções rodoviárias e acções penais mais graves, como ofensas corporais graves, fraude, violação e violência doméstica, a Lita Gale International Solicitors goza de uma elevada taxa de sucesso. “Não jogamos para perder,” confidencia Lita, “Sou como um cão – perderei os meus dentes antes de largar!” Rui Horta Law Office ESCRITÓRIO DE ADVOGADOS Lawyer Telephone: 281 325 635 or 281 325 636 Fax. 281 325 612 Mobile Phone: 96 4043 380 or 96 207 6556 E-mail: advogados.law@mail.telepac.pt or mail@taviralawyers.com Website: www.taviralawyers.com Rua 1° de Maio, no 9, 8800-360 Tavira - Portugal Purchase of Commercial and Residential Property • Mortgages on Property or Shares • Formation of Trust Companies • Banking & finance advice • Taxation Advice Development and Planning Law • Personal Injury • Contract Disputes • Powers of Attorney • Will and Probate • Debt Collecting and Process Service • Enforcement of Judgments • Mainte- nance Orders • Family Law and Divorce • Nationality and Residency Applications Portuguese, English, Spanish and French speaking Solicitors offering clients the benefits of local representation. Luís de Brito - Contabilidades, Lda. English speaking accountants All your accountancy issues explained and translated. Professional & Friendly Service Luís Manuel Duarte de Brito Chartered Accountant Rua 1.˚ de Maio, n.˚45-1.˚ Esq. 8800-360, Tavira. Near VILA GALÈ TAVIRA HOTEL Tel 281 324 962 Fax 281 324 222 luis.de.brito@mail.telepac.pt Gabigest Ministers hope to implement the new system before the next general election, scheduled for 2015. It is being worked out by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and Pensions Minister Steve Webb. A Green Paper is to be published later this year. Business Secretary Vince Cable said today "It's to make sure people can look forward in retirement to a good state pension without means testing. We need something people can rely on. What he's proposing is very radical. It will take time to introduce." A new "single tier" pension of £140 a week would give an income of £7,280 per year or £14,560 for a pensioner couple. The new system would probably be based on residency in Britain and not on National Insurance contributions. A spokeswoman for the Department of Work and Pensions said: "The Chancellor has confirmed that the Government will improve the quality and accessibility of pensions in the Spending Review period. "We will be bringing forward proposals for reform in a Green Paper later this year. "Our aim will be a simple, decent state pension for future pensioners, which is easy to understand, efficient to deliver and affordable." By Tim Moynihan, PA, the Independent.
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  23. 23. Page 44 www.eastalgarvemag.com www.eastalgarvemag.com Page 45 Sport Sport P ortuguese football press speculation that the Algarve’s top football team could be heading for European qualification is certainly premature but under the astute stewardship of manager Daúto Faquirá anything is possible. October started with an impressive 3-1 victory over V.Setúbal that put Olhanense on twelve points and moved them in to third place behind Porto and Benfica. Goals from Mauricio, João Gonçlaves and Jardel meant that Olhanense had scored seven times in the league this season with seven different names on the score sheet! There is a great bond of friendship between Setúbal & Olhão as in the past both fishing communities relied heavily on the sardine industry. Over 500 fans made the journey south as supporters of both clubs joined together to enjoy a festive feast of food, drink and music in front of the new Olhão Marina. V.Setúbal’s official supporters' association is known as VIII Exército. In 1943, on the occasion of the club’s first Portugal Cup Final, thousands of people from Setúbal invaded Lisbon and, although defeated 5-1 by Benfica, celebrated in a demonstration of fair play. The press nicknamed the fans 8º Exército (the 8th Army) because of their massive following of the team. The papers compared it with the British Eighth Army troops flooding into Africa for their World War II campaign. OLHANENSE SPOT ON The 3rd Round of the Portugal Cup can often be the graveyard for Premier teams as they battle with lower league teams. Nowhere was this more obvious than at the small picturesque town of Serta in the Castelo Branco region as lowly non-league Sertanense took on high flying Olhanense The playing surface was atrocious which didn't suite the more skillful Olhanense athletes who soon realised the long ball game was the only way to play. 0-0 after ninety minutes and in extra-time both sides seemed content to see the decision go to penalties. Djalmir, Cadu, João Gonçlaves and Lulinha all scored to give the Algarve a 4-1 advantage. Olhanense will now meet fellow Premier League team Nacional (Madeira) at home in the 4th round to be played on the weekend of the 21st/22nd November. LOOSE BOOT SINKS OLHANENSE Two hundred fans tackled the 600kms journey to Braga in the far north to watch Olhanense take on Sporting Braga at the impressive AXA Stadium. Braga’s UEFA Champions League results this season - impressive wins over Celtic (Scotland), Sevilha (Spain) & Partizan (Serbia) but defeats to Arsenal & Shaktar (Ukraine) - are testimony to the team’s pedigree. Braga, who owe their Sporting Club tag to the better known Sporting Lisbon, changed their kits from green-and-white hoops to their Arsenal-style red in 1920 when their then-coach József Szabó, following a trip to England and Highbury, ordered the club to adopt new colours to establish their own identity. Braga even renamed their youth team Arsenal do Braga. Olhanense, with ever mounting injury problems, were under constant pressure from ‘os arsenalistas’ but All the latest soccer news from Chris Wright. with five minutes of the first-half remaining the visitors surprisingly went in front. A free-kick out on the left was whipped in by Paulo Sérgio and centre-back Mauricio rose above the Braga defence to head the ball home. The home side came out for the second period firing on all cylinders and within ten minutes had scored twice through Mossoro & Lima. Chaos ensued on the hour when Jardel lost his boot whilst making a goal line clearance with the keeper well beaten. The referee awarded Braga an indirect free-kick six metres from goal, technically correct but certainly not within the spirit of the law. Elderson rolled the ball to Lima who smashed home his second goal to put the result (3-1) beyond doubt. The forty-seven ‘Os Gorilas’ supporters, who made the journey, stayed at Hotel de Lago in the beautiful surrounding of the Bom JesusdoMontesanctuaryhighabove the city of Braga. The Sanctuary is a notable example of a pilgrimage site with a monumental, Baroque stairway that climbs 116 metres (381 feet). In 1629 a pilgrimage church was built dedicated to the Bom Jesus (Good Jesus), with six chapels which are decorated with terra cotta sculptures depicting the Passion of Christ. A further attraction is the funicular which was built in 1882 and is the oldest in the Iberian Peninsula as well as being the oldest funicular in the world to operate by water counterbalancing. Water is pumped into the carriage at the top of the hill, which weighs it down so it sinks to the bottom, at the same time drawing the lighter, drained carriage up the hill, where the process starts all over again. The track, with its steep gradient, is 274 metres long, descends 116 metres and was originally used to help pilgrims reach the site. FIREWORKS FOR FARENSE The Faro team’s long trip to Braga for their Portugal Cup 3rd round tie with Merelinense turned in to an explosive encounter. Three players were dismissed, including Farense substitute Bruno Carvalho before he had even got on the pitch, and ten yellow cards shown by referee Pedro Vilaça. Farense lost 2-1 with all three goals coming from the penalty spot. Louletano (Loule) lost 2-1 to lower league opponents Bombarralense although this match is under investigation by the Portuguese FA and could result in Louletano being reinstated. FEAST OF FOOTBALL The José Arcanjo Stadium, Olhão (behind McDonalds on the EN125) hosts three games in November: Wednesday 10th - OLIVEIRENSE kick-off 4.00pm League Cup 2nd phase Sunday 14th - BEIRA-MAR kick-off 4.00pm Premier Liga Sat/Sun 20th/21st - NACIONAL Portugal Cup 4th round. Day & time of kick-off to be confirmed. For further information contact: Chris Wright 916 504 903 (Christopher.wright@hotmail.co.uk) or Emily Richardson 939 486 870 (neilandem@sapo.pt) Olhanense looking good V.Setubal & Olhanense fans, of all ages, get together