Six word Saturday

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Hartlepool, viewed from Christ Church tower, on a sunny day!

Hartlepool, viewed from Christ Church tower, on a sunny day!

to here

Tavira, in the Eastern Algarve

Tavira, in the Eastern Algarve- not quite so sunny!

In fact, a little moody, but I still love it.

In fact, a little moody.

But with a promise of blue.

But with a strong promise of blue.

And back!

IMG_6528As you can see from the centre photos, the weather was quite temperamental when we were last in the Algarve.  I suspect that will not be the case this trip, as it’s in the 30’s currently.  Oddly enough the Summer has arrived in the UK too (yes, even the north east!) so I won’t have to feel guilty about leaving my English friends shivering.  It’s a win! win! situation.

So looking forward to dabbling my toes, and sharing special birthday celebrations with my husband. (his- I’m just a youngster- secret smile )  I also have a treat in store.  For a couple of days I’m playing hostess to Cathy or Catbird as some of you will know her.  Having left Oman she is now romping her way around Spain, and then Portugal, before returning home to the States.  Her exhausting itinerary is here, but won’t it be fun?

Enjoy Six word Saturday, as well as the weather, while I’m gone.  Many thanks to Cate at Show My Face.  Back soon!



  1. All the shots are brilliant but I especially love the moody shot in Tavira!
    Have a wonderful time and I look forward to hearing all about it, Jo!

  2. I hope you have a great time with lots of lovely sunshine. It’s strange, but whenever the weather’s good here it makes me want to go away on holiday. It should make me want to stay here, since it’s not all that common an occurrence. For now, I have no choice and am enjoying the fine weather, I hope it’s still here when you get back.

    1. No surprise that it’s almost gone, Lorna- the sun was out this morning. I guess that’s more than enough? I should have had breakfast in the garden when I had the chance. Maybe tomorrow? 🙂

  3. Are those little gargoyle type faces on the church tower? Such beautiful sunny shots, we’ve seen on the news that the UK is experiencing really warm days , I hope the sunny days continue 🙂

  4. How wonderful that you are meeting up with Cathy! Look forward to reading all about it on both your blogs. In the meantime have a great time in Tavira Jo. And wish hubby a very happy birthday from me 🙂

    1. Thanks, Madhu. Watching the Wimbledon final and answering comments when I should be putting the bag ready and organising our son. He starts a new job in Leeds tomorrow and hasn’t got accommodation fully sorted. No pressure!
      It will be so good to be away. 🙂

    1. Too hot to be anywhere but the sea? Cabanas is an ok base, especially for that. Enjoy! We can compare notes when we’re home. 🙂
      I’m trying to watch Murray and answer my comments before we have to throw some bits in a bag and hit the airport.

  5. Hello Jo,

    Always so busy and still you share beautiful pictures as usual. The first one is my favorite, what a view. Enjoy your your special birthday celebrations and happy SWS !


    1. It’s a rare opportunity in this case, Elaine. I’ve been following Cath’s exploits with supreme envy almost since I started blogging. Many thanks 🙂

  6. in Italia il tempo è bellissimo, e si prevede esteso a tutta l’Europa, così che la cara amica farà una bellissima festa per il marito con il sole, il mare e tutto l’amore!!!
    tantissimi auguriiiiiiii

    in Italy the weather is beautiful, and is expected to extend to the whole of Europe, so that the dear friend will make a beautiful feast for her husband with the Sun, the sea and all the love!!!
    lots of live space


  7. Happy Birthday to your Husband, Jo. I feel like a stranger here at 6WS, it has been so long. I know you will like Algarve from what I’ve briefly seen here and on WikiP just today. We hadn’t been to Portugal at all until last year, then on a cruise from Southampton we did the Canary Island thing, and saw Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, and La Palma. So I count that as Portugal.

    We are in London now, arriving yesterday noon. We intend to see Wales and visit friends in Northampton. Another couple has invited us to Sarlat-la-Canéda (France) to visit with them at their summer home. They live in their winter home across the lake from us in Texas. Our daughter and granddaughter went to Nice, Fr, for the weekend so we haven’t seen them yet.

    Again, enjoy your holiday,

    1. I’ve missed you, Jim, but knew you were busy. Spotted you on 6WS earlier today and intended to pay a visit this evening. You’ve missed lots, but life is more important than blogging. (just!) 🙂

  8. Enjoy hon and wish hubby happy birthday for me as well and have fun. Great photo’s as usual and thanks for sharing hon. 😀 *hugs*

      1. Well, lazy days are great hon and you and Mick must truly enjoy it. I would love to be a beach bum as well..heheheh. Enjoy the indulging. 😀 *hugs*

  9. How wonderful to meet up with a blogging friend – most of us has such a distance between us. Are you in Algarve or are you going ???? Christ Church, is my favorite shot .. love the angle.

    1. Leaving tomorrow evening, Viveka. One more Sunday lunch to cook and need to organise our son, who will be starting work in Leeds on Monday. Soon be collapsed on a beach 🙂
      Catbird will have so many stories to tell… I’m looking forward to it (but feel a bit shy, naturally)

      1. Wow, how wonderful …. enjoy yourself .. and delight yourself.
        Leeds, fantastic city … one of my favorite in UK, but it was a bit on the wrong side … of the country. Many chances for sin in that city.
        Why do you feel shy ????? You lost me there.

      2. Meeting Cathy. It’s much easier to chat on here than face to face, don’t you think? I’m not so very confident really. But it will be fun 🙂

  10. How nice of you to mention my trip, Jo! I just arrived in Mollina, a town inland and a little west from Malaga. Sunday, I’ll be in Ronda, Monday in Seville, etc….. It’s almost as hot as Oman here! (Not quite, really!) It was a lovely drive today from Toledo to Malaga.

    I’m so looking forward to our visit!! I still don’t know how I’ll get there, but now I’m thinking a train and that bus; maybe Marianne can help me. I’m hesitant to rent a car again. I had no problems, at least on my end , but Europcar tried to tell me there is a chip out of the windshield that wasn’t there before and they’ll let me know if they’re going to charge me. I never had anything hit the windshield while I was driving the car!!

    Anyway, I’m sure you’re happy to be arriving in Tavira! Happy birthday to your husband and enjoy the sunny days!! And definitely you should have a secret smile as your hubby turns a year older and you remain a youngster! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Cath! I think the hire companies sometimes try it on, specially with a woman on her own. Not fair, is it? Anyway, you’ll soon be on the tour so not so much to worry about. 🙂

      1. I know, Jo, that whole thing with Europcar left a bad taste in my mouth. I don’t like it when people try to rip me off!!

        Yes, I’m on the tour now, and it’s really so nice to be taken care of by someone else for a while. Just dealing with logistics in travel can be so anxiety-producing! I’m still a little anxious about getting from here to there to meet you, but I’m sure it will fall into place; it always does. I had a lot of anxiety about meeting up with Tour Andalucia, but it somehow worked out! 🙂

  11. Well today we definetely had a bright, warm summerday in North Norfolk, being quite “nordic”, I don’t need it any hotter. 🙂 Have a lovely time, clebrate and enjoy! Say hello to Cathy from me. 🙂
    Best wishes

    1. Will do, Suze. He’s easy pleased- a nice beach and a good meal later. Maybe just a tiny drop of port too. 🙂
      She’ll have so much to talk about after this trip!

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