The weather forecast for today was very grim. The Weather Channel app issued 4 alerts at 6am and even the colour of the banner was changed to red.
Menú del día in Spain is called Prato de dia In Portugal and you could choose a food item from a section of the menu as your main dish. Which include whole fish.
Rain, rain, rain... And some thunder and lightning as well. The pool was quickly filling up with water but it didn't overflow.
You may notice the olive tree behind the pool in the background, to the right of Åsa's face below. That's the source.
Åsa has picked olives from their own olive tree which are now in those jars that she is holding. After a lengthy process, and mixed with garlic, lemon, rosemary and more, the olives should be ready for consumption sometime early in the new year. Best of luck, Åsa.
Ulf and Åsa went to the gym mid morning. I was home alone, watching football and tennis on TV when suddenly the electricity died. It turned out that large portion of the area was without power for quite a while.
After they got home, we went out again in search of lunch. Which we found at this place. Which had power.
At the first table we were given, I could suddenly feel a raindrop on my shoulder. What the? Yes, the water was coming through the cracks on the ceiling in the picture below.
These guys below were sold as "bream" and the 3 of us all had a plate as per below. Tasty!
Quiet morning. The morning after the night before. Also it's Halloween but I didn't really notice.
I got up late at 9am and after breakfast, Åsa gave Ulf and me a lift to Carvoeiro. Ulf and I were off to do a cliff top hike east along the Atlantic coast to Benagil.
The path was well indicated with these yellow and red markers.
The very first section off Carvoeiro was on a boardwalk. Some money had been spent here as the boardwalk looked properly maintained and was very nice.
We then had lunch at a restaurant in Benagil. Ulf called Åsa who came with the car and joined us for a feed.
Ulf and Åsa had an appointment to check out an apartment back in Carvoeiro as a potential property investment but it was time enough beforehand for a visit to a supermarket.
Here is Ulf shopping the absolutely essentials as Ulf and I drank the house dry of beer last night.
Dourado in Portuguese means golden.
Later, Åsa prepared dinner for us. Lovely grilled shrimps with chili and parsley as an entree.
For a main, she did something that was called tortilla lasagna (she showed me the recipe) which didn't make sense. Tortilla of course is the Spanish word for omelette and the sheets in this lasagna dish were of a corn.
With pieces of chicken inside, the dish looked like a lasagna but tasted distinctly Mexican. It was very tasty.
Ulf had some problems with his lower back. In Portugal, on a Saturday, you just call your Masseur and ask for a house visit. So Saturday evening at 7.30pm the Masseur arrived and worked on Ulf for an
hour. Try to get that in Australia. Ha!
Later, we watched a Swedish tv-program called "Så mycket bättre", translated into "So much better" in English.
The idea of the tv-program was that you took a famous Swedish musical artist with some back catalogue of songs. You then let a bunch of other Swedish musical artists select one song each, interpret it and sing it in front of the others.
Between the songs, there were interviews with all involved and filmed interactions between them all. A kind of friendlier version of Big Brother.
The program concept was all new to me.
My problem was that I never heard of the main artist Miriam Bryant before. Never have I heard of any of the "interpreters".
I also found that the language of several of the artists was very poor. Lots of swearing and redundant words.
Still, the program was oddly fascinating and I watched it for the full hour or so with Ulf and Åsa who are fans.
By 10.30pm the day had ran its course for all 3 of us and we all retired.
Both Ulf and Åsa had prior commitments today. Commitments done prior to me stumbling in on their doorstep.
Hence, by 9am, I was by myself in their fantastic house at Pestana Golf Resort. If you hadn't realized it by now, both of them are golf fanatics. And yes, both their commitments today had to do with golf.
I had been given suggestions of things to do but first, a few pictures from outside and inside their house.
Ulf and Åsa had done major house renovations including opening up the floor plan by removing walls, installation of Swedish timber floorboards in most rooms and installing new brand new kitchen. I'm sure there is a lot more that they did but that was what I remembered.
The house as you approach it. From the road:
And closer up.
The combined dining and living room.
Pestana Golf Resort has two 18 hole golf courses within its grounds. And you can have no doubt that it is a golf resort as you walked through it.
And these are the upstairs views of the neighborhood.
Views from the upstairs balcony over the adjacent golf course.
The distance according to Ulf is approximately 5km one way and parts of it is on dirt road...
In addition to goats, there are also wild dogs in the area and at one point I saw one of those dog's head pop up behind one of those clay walls.
The stray dog was then following me from a distance for a while, which made me a bit nervous. However, I later heard that these dogs are not the ones to be worried about. The guard dogs are the bad ones if they get loose.
Ferragudo seemed genuine enough and today the day before 31 October, there was a Halloween event in its main square.
The dourado fish was seriously tasty. Best food since leaving Australia. This was GOOD!!
Pestana Golf Resort back by 2.30pm and managed to switch off the home alarm without causing Securitas to be alerted and to come out.
Home security is obviously a selling point in these golf resorts, which are almost like gated communities.
Later, i enjoyed a cold Carlsberg out back while watching the sun beginning to set.
Åsa arrived home first and Ulf later. We had a beer at the clubhouse of the golf resort before taking a taxi to Carvoeiro. There we had dinner in what Ulf and Åsa called a typical Portuguese restaurant.
Of course, I forgot to take photos and didn't recall that until towards the end of the visit. So here is a photo of Ulf and Åsa with their wine glasses.
I had grilled tuna for dinner which was huge and also delicious. Two great meals in one day. When did that last happen? Not in Europe that's for sure.
The restaurant's owner was clearly a football fan.