Jo’s Monday walk : “Mind that hole!”

Isn't this a view worth falling down a hole for?

Isn’t this a view worth falling down a hole for?

Well, don’t worry!  I’ve already done the falling, and you really won’t need to.  The view above is at Cacela Velha, the midway point in a beautiful walk.  Let’s proceed with caution, shall we?

It was a little cloudy and cool when we set off

It was a little cloudy and cool when we set off

Good walking weather!  We started from behind the broad beach at Manta Rota, in the Eastern Algarve, and picked our way through the madly flowering sea broom.  We were heading west, towards Cacela Velha, with plenty of distractions along the way.

Like the sandbars out in the bay

Like the sandbars, out in the bay

Like the flowering cacti- almost as plentiful as the broom!

And flowering cacti, thriving in the sandy soil

There was a bit of a scramble at one rather steep point, but the men in the group shepherded us through, and then it was easy going again.

In an open stretch we came upon a well

In an open stretch, we came upon a well

Well rusted in close up, but still with water in the bottom

Well-rusted in close up, but still with water in the bottom

The clouds were beginning to break up as we skirted the stream

The clouds were beginning to break up as we skirted the stream

At this point, we trod quite carefully.  Sandy, the walk leader, emphasized we should keep clear of the slippery rim.  Normally the stream was forded by stepping stones, but they seem to have disappeared.  It wasn’t particularly tricky, so long as you kept your eye on the path.

In any case, the village of Cacela Velha lay just ahead of us, and a coffee stop was planned.  I make no secret of the fact that this is one of my favourite Algarve places, and that neither time nor man has been able to spoil it.

Though the addition of certain art pieces is questionable

Though the addition of certain art pieces could be questioned?

You might recognise that lamp in the corner of the shot.  There are several about the village, and one made a very discreet appearance in my Lingering look at Algarve windows last week.

The view really doesn't need any enhancement, does it?

The view really doesn’t need any enhancement, does it?

Is it any wonder I like to linger here?

Is it any wonder I like to linger here?

Is it any wonder I like to linger?

And linger some more!

The church was busy with a funeral so we kept a respectful distance

The church was busy with a funeral, so we kept a respectful distance

At this point it had become quite hot, and it was wonderful to be going down the steps to walk further along the beach, in the direction of the next small village, Fabrica.   Not so charming as Cacela Velha, but you probably wouldn’t mind owning the large property erected by a builder, right on the shoreline.

The oleander are lovely this year

The oleander are lovely this year!

And the columbine are doing battle with the cacti

And the columbine are doing battle with the cacti.  Losing, I think!

There are a LOT of steps, but down is ok!

There are a LOT of steps, but down is ok!

And then you're on an unremarkable bit of beach

And then you’re on an unremarkable bit of beach

With a couple of dilapidated shacks

With a dilapidated but very picturesque shack

That's Fabrica up ahead

Up ahead lies Fabrica (and most of our walkers)

And everywhere, the boats bob!

Everywhere, boats bob in the water

Have I lulled you into a false sense of security yet?  It’s so peaceful, isn’t it?  Time to head for home.

There is only one road out of Fabrica, so we turned inland and followed it, back towards Cacela Velha.  As walkers do, we were chatting away, discovering fascinating facts about the surrounds, and about each other.  We pass a couple of horses and a donkey in a field, and turn back down to the coast.  Crossing over the bridge, we are back on our original trail.

It looks innocent enough, doesn't it?

It looks innocent enough, doesn’t it?

See that lip of soil, at the forefront of the photo?  Suddenly my feet shot off the edge and I was plummeting down, towards the stream!  Fortunately, one of the men had the presence of mind to grab for me, and then I was dangling by a hand.  As my feet scrambled for non-existent footing, another of the men grabbed my other arm and I was hauled unceremoniously out.  Bruised, shaken, and the cream shorts a bit the worse for wear!

I can’t even remember whether I took that photo before or after my fall!  It doesn’t really show the wicked little curve that I missed while I was busy talking.  My husband was far ahead but said that when he heard the shout go up, he knew immediately who’d fallen! I was very lucky because I would certainly have broken something if they hadn’t halted my fall.    As it was, I escaped with a wrenched shoulder and a few cuts and bruises.

Drama over, we continued around the bay

Drama over, we continued around the bay

The skies the clearest of blues, with just a few wispy clouds

The sky the clearest of blues, with just a few wispy clouds

I have to admit, I was happy to arrive at the restaurant, on the edge of Manta Rota, where we gathered afterwards.  I needed a steadying drink!  In the shade of the vines, with good food and company, I was able to laugh about the entertainment I had provided.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s walk.  The surroundings are lovely, aren’t they?  Both Manta Rota and Cacela Velha are signed off the E125, the Algarve’s coastal road.

I have acquired a faithful little band of walkers, and I am extremely grateful for their company. Each Monday I share the walks posted in the previous week.  Please join me and my friends if you would like to.  Let’s go visiting, shall we?

This week, Drake shares a little more of his delightful birthplace, the island of Samso, Denmark :

And you should see the lush gardens Amy found in Ronda! :

Speaking of gardens, are there any more beautiful than these in Cornwall?  Thank you, Jude! :

It was a late night for Sherri, but she still managed to take me to Barrington Court! :

Come to think of it, Yvette likes to be out in the dark  :

Have a great walking week, everybody, but do be careful, won’t you?

I just realised, this is my 400th post.  No wonder I’m feeling tired!



  1. This was lovely to walk with you. I always walk with you although I never comment on it. There are so many commenting that I think they say it all anyway. Thank you for your beautiful post every single time I love them all.

    1. Thank you so much! This is one of the nicest comments I’ve ever received 🙂 I often think when I’m replying that I’ve ‘said it all’ too. It’s lovely to know that you’re out there. I’ll think of you next time I publish a walk.

  2. I would help you up after falling, but only after I lmao. 😀 I have done so many bad things to my lens and the camera but I’m surprise I haven’t fallen off myself. 🙂 Love all the pictures, but the dilapidated shack caught my eye the most. Surprised how you seemed to still taken quite a bit more picture even after the fall. Jo, you are a true photographer. 🙂

    1. Hi Jesh! Thanks for your company 🙂 They are very like heather. The walk leader described them as sea broom but I wasn’t certain. No shortage of flowers in the Algarve. Did you see last week’s at Barril?

    1. Hi Paula! 🙂 Did you win on the overtime payment?
      Commiserations on the football. You got a small mention (though not a link) on my 6WS which was the yarnbombing on Saltbutn pier, World Cup theme this Summer 🙂
      It was a wonderful walk. I couldn’t hoist myself up on the wall to admire my view for a day or three but I’m alright now, thanks.

      1. Hello Jo 🙂 I will look at your post later. As for my work, it’s not about paid overtime-it’s really hard doing my job all day long with weekends too for months; I would be happy if I’m not sacked as many were-that’s the reason I am working so hard. Too complicated to explain… I will continue posting Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, but apart from that I have no free time-it’s just work and house till 20th July. Hugs

      2. Roll on 20th July and a little fun in the sun, Paula. You must be counting down the days. Hugs back! Try to take care of yourself meantime 🙂

  3. Congrats on 400 posts Jo! Wow, that’s quite a milestone. Glad you didn’t get hurt much! But I can understand how the company, the scenery and the photographing could have been pretty distracting 🙂

  4. What a pretty if occasionally eventful wander; thank goodness you were rescued! Some brilliant photographs – I love the shack, and the stream is simply beautiful (from a safe vantage point). These snaps have certainly brightened up a very dull, overcast afternoon!

    1. It’s an easy place to take good photos of, Steven. Have you been to the Algarve? Glad you enjoyed the walk. You’re very welcome to join me, any time 🙂

  5. Wow, Jo, what a lovely walk. I love the sea views, the dilapidated shack and the flowers. It’s a good thing those men saved you from breaking any bones!! I’m glad you’re okay, and I’m sure the food and drink afterward soothed your traumatized mind and body! I know you have fun chatting and enjoying the views, but please, take care of yourself, my friend!! 🙂 xxx

      1. oh no offense taken – none at all!!! and I replied 🙂

        also, when I come back from summer break – well please let me know if there are any rules for your Monday walks – even though to be honest I may not be doing them anymore, I am getting very burned out with challenges in general – whew – I did a lot this spring – and well, I may be moving away from all of them, but I know you jokingly mentioned setting up rules in last week’s post – and well I want to encourage you to do that because it makes it more win-win for all when expectations are clear. and like I said, I may not be doing very many more – but it may be good for others to have if needed.
        peace to you….

      2. I think that if you have ‘something to say’ then you don’t really need the challenges, Yvette? They just lead you scurrying off down different paths and divert you from your course. (I’m still finding my direction 🙂 It might never happen!) I’ve enjoyed your participation immensely and look forward to what you come up with after your Summer break.

      3. well that’s a really great point! – but even those with lots to say sometimes get a creative focus from the catalyst of a challenge aim – ya know?
        and I like how some folks do one weekly post and then link to a bunch of hosts as they integrate multiple challenges – I could never do that – but I think it is brilliant – and I think you are too – and I love your posts.

      4. Some people use the challenges brilliantly, Yvette. For some I think the weekly one is exactly that. How swiftly you can come up with a beautiful response is a source of pride for many. For me, I often just feel like I’m ‘chasing my tail’. I always consider the theme, and often take photos to reflect that subject, but I very often don’t take part. When I was out with the walkers yesterday I was taking ‘between’ shots, but that’s just ‘between’ you and me 🙂
        I didn’t want my walk to be a challenge, or to have rules- just nice company for my walks. But I am aware that it’s confusing and I will put together a page, hopefully by this weekend. I’m watching Wimbledon after a very virtuous heap of housework right now. And chatting! 🙂 🙂

      5. Hey Jo – well you give AWESOME comments – and I know you know this – comments dfo not always have to be puff up all the time. Even though we also know that not everyone can receive criticism – for many reasons – because sometimes it is just vulnerable to post or they misread stuff – who knows –
        but that was not the case here – or ever with you – in fact, when you leave your specific comments on blogs it is such a gift – a piece of you – a piece of Jo. ❤

        and with the rules, no confusion, but a page is a very good thing.

        and you chasing your tail? what? cannot even imagine that – but either way – just keep doing what you do and keep letting it flow because your posts are original and much of the delight is that hue of you we get – along with your excellent photography and interesting angles.

        for example, your recent post about FIGUEIRA BEACH – another masterpiece – with the color palette in each photo aligned so well – and then just the right words added in – it was "all Jo" – and "so good"


      6. I can feel my head swelling and my cheeks turning pink, Y 🙂 Thank you so much. You really are too kind. Much joy to you, but then, you have a way of making your own 🙂

    1. I’ve never had an underwater walk, Sue. Sounds a little spooky 🙂
      Don’t confuse me with this international dateline stuff! You are more than welcome to join me anytime. I’ll add it to next week’s walk because most people who are going to will have already read this post. Don’t fret- you’ll be in excellent company! 🙂
      One of these days I’ll get a ‘Jo’s Monday walk’ page together. Perhaps I should have thought this through. Nahh- not my style! 🙂 I did start a page but got in a ravel with my logo. What a state to be in! Good night, Canada 🙂

      1. You sounds very much like me Jo. More of a free thinker when it comes to blogging. I was going to add a page and it looked like WordPress would publish that I had a new page. I decided to forget it for fear my readers got spammed with me just trying to tidy up:)

  6. What a lovely walk Jo. No wonder you like going to Tavira. How can you bear to leave? Thank goodness you were rescued from falling, a broken leg or ankle would not have been good, and we would have missed your walks for a while. Love the photos too – and is that prickly pear I see?

    1. Yes, prickly pear 🙂 There was heaps of it, flowering its head off.
      I had only just put my camera in my pocket, Jude, or it would have had another dunking for sure. Small mercies, n all that 🙂

  7. A superb opening photo Jo, readers can’t help but be dragged into your post. Love that sky throughout the series and what a delightful area, another Memorable Monday walk. You take care now, Sir Galahad might not be there next time 🙂 Come on Rafa !!

    1. It’s a shame the Algarve weather wasn’t kinder to you, David. I’m pretty sure you would have loved the place with just a bit more heat.
      Thanks a lot for your continued support. I’ll have to reschedule my week around Wimbledon 🙂

      1. Haha, Sherri and I have the same problem! Strawberries bought, prosecco (and cava for her) in the fridge – come on Murray 😉

  8. Oh Jo – congrats on the 400th post – woo hop. and thanks for linking my walk with the others. I look forward to checking them out.

    and for yours here – well thanks for sharing the fall. I am so glad you were caught – whewwwww.

    and there was so much I liked about this walk – but I will share my favorite thing – and that was the flow of the photos. There was almost a color coordinating feel to the entire series of pics – and you showed the artsy way the photographers use photos to tell a story and share life.

    and here you have a cool color palette – with your hues of blues and greens throughout the hand selected shots of this gorgeous place.

    and then every few pictures has the splash of warm colors – like the filed of flowers with pink – the close up with the delicious yellow of the cacti – the splash of purple from columbine – and even the hint of red from the landed boat came at just the right time –
    seriously – not sure if you spent all this time coordinating the placement – but the artist side of me enjoyed the scroll as it was like a mini art show with a planned palette –

    and okay, I will share a tad bit more – I always like the little personal details – like how you stayed respectfully cal for the funeral or your take on the art – the little pieces of you that you put in…
    many hugs ❤

    1. Thanks for your thoughtful input, Yvette. I do spend a long time putting my posts together and trying to produce a cohesive whole both visually and in words. Probably much longer than I should, which is why I tend to only post 3 times a week these days. I’m really glad you enjoy the results and that you take the time to join in, and to express your appreciation.

    1. You’re quick, Amy! Thanks so much 🙂 We’ve just had tea and washed up so I’m just settling in to my replies. I’ll put the kettle on and enjoy my walk over a cup of coffee. 🙂

  9. Beautiful walk Jo! I think your Columbines might actually be Morning Glories – and they’re gorgeous either way. I also really like the art installation – quite delicate in it’s creation. My daughter says ‘my mother can fall over nothing’ so I completely understand. I often have a camera and lens in hand – and do a remarkable job of saving it, letting knees and elbows take the brunt of the fall. Haven’t lost a lens yet LOL.

    1. You’re right! I meant to say Convolvulus, but it’s such an ugly word! I’d forgotten ‘Morning Glory’, but that’s much nicer. 🙂 My husband pointed the error out after I’d published and I’ve been out (walking, of course) most of the day so haven’t had time to change it. Well spotted! I was expecting Jude to correct me when she’s finished watching Wimbledon 🙂
      Fortunately my camera was in my shorts pocket or it’d have been in the water, I’m afraid.

      1. I read that! 😀
        Slow day today – reading in the sun this morning, Wimbledon this afternoon, catching up on blogs this evening AND trying to write two posts! Not succeeded well with the latter!

  10. Well Jo, I can see why you keep going back to the Algarve, it is so beautiful and I feel really relaxed after taking this delightful walk with you. Although that is probably because of the large drink we just had to steady our nerves after your fall! Boy of boy, thank goodness you had your two knights in shining armour to help you , that would have been very nasty indeed. Thank you so much for featuring my (late-night-in-Somerset) walk! I’m looking forward to checking out the others too. Now take care of yourself and hope that wrenched shoulder isn’t playing you up… 😉

    1. I think my Wimbledon days are over, Sherri! I’ll just be watching from now on 🙂 Truth be told I was never good at any sports. They don’t give prizes for falling over, do they? I’d do well at that!
      Thank you for sharing your walk with me. It’s a real privilege to be able to feature them like this.

  11. I often look back on places I’ve been and think of what could have happened, you were lucky Jo, I’m glad it was no worse! Thank you I loved this walk. 🙂

    1. I really was very lucky, Gilly! It was quite a drop to the water. The shoulder’s still a little sore, but that’s an ‘old bones’ thing 🙂 It was still a good walk, though.

  12. This is a lovely walk – i’ve not been on a beach where cactus grows! So sorry about your scary mishap (that would be me taking a tumble as well) but glad you were rescued before too much damage. Thanks for sharing your stroll.

    1. I got the camera a new battery and it’s been ok, Meg. (Mick suggested a snorkel and flippers but I gave him a scathing look) The shoulder got a good wrenching, but I really was lucky because there was quite a drop to the water. One less fall to have! Thank you 🙂

  13. Such a lovely walk, Jo. How wonderful to have gallant men come to your rescue. You must have felt like a ‘damsel in distress’. I love the cactus flowers. They look just like roses. The blue and white shack definitely deserved a pic. I think I would prefer to climb up those steps, rather than down, but that’s just me. 🙂 I decided to join your merry band of walkers this week. Here’s mine:

    1. Bless you, Ad- that’s fabulous! Thank you so much 🙂 I’m excited to read it!
      I’d have been a bag of broken bones if not for the menfolk, Ad. It was quite a drop to the water, but I was lucky that time. I know what you mean about the steps. Knees don’t always like downward movements, but the best views are definitely at the top 🙂

  14. Oh my what a time – sounds like something I would have done. So glad that you didn’t get seriously hurt – have a feeling you’ll always remember this trip. I’m in love with your scenes, such a beautiful place to visit and walk about.

  15. Jo I hope your shoulder is all right. Oh the things we do to capture the right photos. Another beautiful walk. As though I was right there with you. Well happy to be on this side of the screen and not taken the nasty fall. Take care.

    1. I bet you’ve had a bruise or two in your cycling/jogging career, Sue! It’s still a little tender but I’m so grateful they grabbed me. I’d have been in a heap at the bottom otherwise. 🙂
      You’re right- it was still a lovely walk!

      1. Heaps at the bottom are never good. I have less scrapes that the years of my rock climbing. Thank goodness you had some rescuers. Tough to blog from the bottom of a crevasse…just saying. Be careful out there my friend. 🙂

  16. What an enjoyable walk, lovely beach, river, and flowers! Wonderful captures of the blue sky and clouds. Thank you for the link, Jo! See you later. 🙂

  17. i am so glad that i could tag along on this trek… you definitely earned a coffee-shop break, and then wow, did anyone give you an award for the most-artful/graceful fall? you’re so lucky that you had some fast-thinking friends, and the fact that you held on says a lot of your prowess as a trekker!!! you were surely dangling there with camera in one hand while you held tight with the other!

    glad you’re ok!

    1. Thank you so much, Colline! What a lovely surprise 🙂 I can’t wait to read it!
      The prickly pear are very common in the Algarve. They obviously like the sandy soil. So glad you could join me, and yes, I’m fine, thanks. The shoulder is a little sore but nothing compared to what might have happened 🙂

  18. Between the title and an earlier comment, I knew you were foreshadowing a misshap. Glad strong men were nearby to rescue you. Lovey views and I love the flowering cacti. Congrats on 400. 🙂

    1. It was a lovely walk, Meredith 🙂 I was really lucky the guys grabbed me or I’d almost certainly have broken something. It was quite a drop to the water.

  19. So glad you weren’t seriously hurt Jo and that you were able to continue guiding us on the walk. It was a very enjoyable walk, if only I could convert the reading to steps on my pedometer 🙂

  20. It was nice to walk with you, Jo! Thanks for introduction to other wonderful blogs. I loved to visit Stonehenge and Barrington Court one more time!

  21. Oh it’s not nice taking a tumble Jo 😦 glad you had a refreshing beverage to perk you up 😉
    Looks a really nice walk … sandbars ,,, always fascinate me .. I suppose only accessible at certain times . Isn’t there somewhere in UK where they play cricket on one … oops sorry mind wandering ..
    Love all the flowers and shrubs along the way . The columbine blue is SO striking isn’t it .
    I bet I know what you’re up to today at some point .. space reserved on the sofa …eyes on the ball …

    1. You guessed, Poppy! I walked this morning and then it was too nice to be in so I had some garden time, and now I’m answering my comments with a Wimbledon backdrop. 🙂 I love the sandbars! One of the nicest features of our Algarve beaches.

  22. Wunderbare Bilder, die Lust auf die Algarve und auf Urlaub machen.
    Wird vielleicht auch einmal mein Ziel, sobald ich im nächsten Jahr in Rente bin.

    Ganz liebe Grüße

  23. I would have been distracted too, in as breathtaking a place as Cacela Velha! Glad you escaped with no injuries Jo. And congratulations on the 400!! 🙂

    1. I’ve featured it many times, Madhu, but it still brings a smile to my face 🙂
      I really should have been looking at the path instead of chatting. My punishment was that I couldn’t hoist myself up to sit on my wall with the lovely sea views for a couple of days. Good job I’m a tennis watcher, not a player 🙂 Many thanks, hon.

  24. So beautiful but sorry to hear about your tumble – ot nice 😦 Probably best that we never go walking together as I am always falling into holes, down slopes or into lamp posts!

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