Six word Saturday


A new look- same old me!

This is me- a little battered by time

Portugal often reminds me of myself- a little battered by time

But still hopeful of a bright tomorrow

Yet still hopeful of a bright tomorrow.

A little quirky!

A little quirky sometimes…

And often down-at-heel

And often down-at-heel!

But still full of dewy promise

Just occasionally full of dewy promise

But more often, stubborn as a mule!

But more often, stubborn as a mule!

Happy to find a nice bench to chat on

Always happy to find a nice bench to watch the world from

And a boat or two, bobbing on the water

Or even better, a couple of boats, drifting on the water

This is my new look.  I wanted something a little “cleaner” and less cluttered, but I’m not entirely happy with it.  I still hanker after “the old look” and my nice header photo.  What do you think?  It definitely needs a bit of work, and I might well revert to type. That’s me all over!

Meantime, don’t forget it’s Saturday.  Have you got six words you want to share? Cate at Show My Face will be happy to receive them.  Just click on the link or the header to join in.



  1. It sounds like you have gotten lots of opinions but in the end, it is what makes you happy. I personally like a header photo and you have so many wonderful ones to choose from. The black header seems a little stark for your outgoing personality but it does provide a clean look. 🙂

    1. Hi Karen 🙂 Many thanks for your input. I don’t know if you’ve seen the Quinta de Marim post, but to me when I launch straight into a photo (which is what I usually do, 6WS being an exception) the clean look works better and doesn’t distract from the post. I’m keeping an open mind for the next week or so. Lots of people have provided very helpful suggestions, so plenty to try!

  2. Like the new look Jo, very clean. Though I do miss the header pic too – Suits definitely supports a custom header as I’ve seem a couple of sites with it so you can always experiment!

  3. Hmmmm, not too sure, it looks very stark, especially with the black header.
    I do prefer your old theme, and I loved the header on it.
    Have you tried adding a border to your photos via the advanced edit for photos, that helps them stand out more.
    I love you photo of the bench 🙂

      1. Yes, if you click on your photo, it gives a choice to edit or delete. Go into edit, then the advanced edit tab.
        The border section is in there. It’s trial and error as to the thickness of the border, I’ve stuck on 3 for a while now.

  4. It’s a very clean look, Jo. I know what you mean about it missing the header photo, but the truth is that the eye is immediately drawn to the photos you’ve included in today’s post. I think it was a good move! And your photos are just perfect! I love the colors, and in particular, that gorgeous tile bench!

  5. I know you are an an adventurer Jo … like me … can’t stay in one place/theme too long! This one looks fine, it is always fun to explore the new possibilites isn’t it?

  6. 🙂 Nice looking pictures, Jo. Yes, the new format makes them stand out better. I like the old header better because that picture was intriguing. They are both really nice, you work hard on them. For me, if I were you, I would leave it new. I almost went WP when Blogger told me that I would have to pay for pictures from now on as I had used my quota. Or join Blogger Plus with unlimited pictures. So I did the latter.

    1. I had a crazy busy couple of days, Amy, and didn’t see the Ladies, but I’m just about to put the laptop off to watch Rafa and Stan. It should be a good one. 🙂 Thanks for your thoughts.

  7. Hi Jo! I like the new and clean look, but I think I would prefer one of your beautiful window photos in the header, if you’re able to do that. If not, I say put the mules up there…I love mules and I love that photo, they both look a little shy. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Jill. That’s what I wanted to do, but don’t think it’s possible. The jury’s still out for me but I’ve had some good suggestions. Watching Rafa this morning, then I’ll have another think and a play 🙂

  8. I like your new look, Jo, mainly because that dark header is very dramatic and your pictures seem larger (doing them more justice). I think you might even be able to make them a little larger still by changing the setting when you add the pic to the blog from the media library. I think it would be even better if the pics went to the edge of each margin of text.

    I experimented with all these new themes, including Suits, when they came out last week because I keep thinking I want to change mine, but I always lean towards the ones that allow me to put a header photo. I don’t know why, because these clean looks are very nice!

    I like the photo depiction of your personality, Jo, but I would say I like the quirky one best! I’d definitely add your sense of humor! 🙂 xxx

    1. That’s interesting, Cathy. Thanks for your thoughts. Bigger photos was what I wanted but not really at the cost of the header photo. I liked “Spun” because it seems to deliver that and the look is a little different, but the blog name fades and the “roaming at home and abroad” tagline isn’t even visible with Spun. I’m not clever enough to do much else but I’ve had a few suggestions from kind folks, so I’ll be playing some more (after I’ve watched Rafa 🙂 ) Love ya, honey!

  9. Hi Jo, I’m a bit behind on catching up, sorry about that, still haven’t read your other Castro Marim post which I am looking forward to.

    Anyway, as ever working backwards so starting with this because I can’t resisting commenting on blog design, well some. I like the clean look.

    When I changed my blogger blogs before I moved to WP, I never altered them after that. I liked the black and white, I probably still like those headers better than my WP ones because you get greater photo depth.

    I can’t remember your previous theme/image of course, but I do remember it was softer and maybe blue?

    I think because your blog is very photo-orientated you might want to put a header pic in – can you do that with this theme? The current one is very hard news orientated (I know I’ve got my journo hat on), so unless you beef up the photos, give them frames whatever, you might want to look at softening it somehow. The best photo that works with the new theme is the bottom one because of the dark frame within the photo, ie the roof and the pavement. That and the bench, incidentally are my fave pix, I so remember those benches from Olhao.

    Anyway, I do like the new look, it’s not dissimilar to my 2011 theme, just that I use a header photo, I really really like that feature.

    I saw someone else’s blog that looked great, similar, clean, different theme – tried it on mine – rubbish! Maybe you should have done a screen shot of the old one and a poll?

    I wrote a recent post about style and appearance (and a load of other basics) so to save me repeating all that:

    1. Thanks for the detail, Rough. I’ll look at that last post later. I did want a photo header, but more than that I wanted my photos to appear bigger and bolder. I also wanted to retain the “roaming at home and abroad” bit of my tagline and some of the themes omit that, or the blog name doesn’t stand out enough. Easier sometimes to see what you don’t like than find what you do. This is just a start point with me. (the old header was the town wall on the Headland in Hartelpool)

      1. If you are going for photo presentation then there are always the black background themes, which are ok, but …. if you write text as well, it can be quite jarring. Vicky used Nishita I think initially, but now is using My Life (I think that’s the name).

        I use quintus (I think!) on Pippa’s WP blog, and I think the photos look ok. I think one other thing to consider is background colour, so that when you do a caption, the photo automatically looks framed, that just makes the pix stand out that little bit more.

        I’ve not tried Suits or whatever it is, so might have a tinker tomorrow. Bedtime now though.

  10. I like the new look Jo. Maybe some color in the header other than black? The new look really helps your photos pop I think. Just my thought. Are you really stubborn as a mule?

    1. I tried quite a few- not sure if I tried that one, Jude. I wanted one with a header photo, but I could have just kept the old theme and changed the photo, couldn’t I? Seemed a bit of a cop out. I intended to split the blog into Home and Away sections, but I couldn’t get my head around it. Must be easier to start from scratch? Thanks for the encouragement. 🙂

      1. Do you use menus? They help to split up your site – that’s how I have managed to incorporate three of my blogs into one. So Postcards and Urbanicity are now on the main menu, with Travel Words posts under On the Road. I did have to catorgorize my posts, but it wasn’t too difficult to do.

      2. I noticed the option to use them, but wasn’t sure how that would look. I’ll have to read up on them. I started my Pages as a way of keeping the A-Z’s separate, but it becomes very labour intensive keeping everything up to date. I need to do some blog admin while the days are still grey. 🙂

  11. Well, according to this, you are a very well rounded individual.
    The new theme? It’s very nice. Yes, clean. If that’s what you’re going for, you have it, girl! But I like the option to insert headers, and you are so upbeat and fascinating. I’d like a little more spunk, to match you. But that’s just my two cents.

    1. I like your thinking! 🙂 I’m not too sure what options I have with this, Gem. Need to mess about a bit. I liked the theme “Spun” which is all little circular photos leading to a post, but it looked a bit “wishy-washy” in practise. This was done on a whim and I might well retreat into my friendly town wall header.

    1. Thanks, Ute 🙂 I often think I should go down the photo processing route but I’d never know when to stop. My blog would grind to a halt, so you just have to accept me as I am.

  12. What a lovely introduction to new but same Jo 🙂 I know what you mean about changing looks … I don’t know how many times I’ve tried something different playing about with new themes … and then thought * pfft … I’ll stick Lol
    Having a great weekend I hope !

    1. Thanks, Poppy. I started out meaning to split the blog into proper home and abroad sections, but as you can see, that didn’t happen. I need to spend some time with it… soon 🙂

      1. Instead of creating pages Jo for Home / Abroad etc. use categories on the menu – new posts with the correct category will then automatically appear when the menu topic is selected (saves having to add posts links manually to a page) More here:

        If you click on any of my menus you will see what I mean 🙂

      2. I’ve got Categories, Jude, but they’re ‘orribly mixed up and ineffective. I posted today, using borders, and have spent the afternoon working on my pages. Very few people visit the pages though, so I’m realising I need to sort my Categories. Thanks so much for your help. 🙂

      3. You’re welcome. Ask if you have any questions about menus and categories, I think the help is pretty good at explaining how it works and once you have sorted your posts they work very well.

  13. I love you clean look and the same old you! …. the flower with all the waterdrops … beautiful. And I like the window very much …. I wonder what is there behind it.

    1. It was a strange window, Vivi. No real clues about what’s behind. It was just part of a traditional Algarve style house. I walked backwards and forwards a few times taking shots. Curiouser and curiouser (also like me 🙂 ) Thanks, hon. Hope you have a much better week.

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