Madeleine – we’re leaving home, bye, bye.

Today, 21 Mar 2017, some 14 months after we started buying our new home in Portelas, we finally completed everything and we now have the keys to the house.

As we have come to expect, more or less nothing went smoothly. The builder/decorator who is doing up the house before we move in was an hour late to meet the family to finalise what he was doing. And that is about as good as it got.

We went across at lunchtime because I wanted to do a couple of very simple things. I wanted to move the first tiny bit of our current home into our new home. I also wanted to establish my weather station in Portelas, aka establishing which direction is south.

The first one proved incredibly hard. There is a steep drive down to our bit (the oldies) of the new house. It seems that though we have the keys to the house, we do not have a key that opens up the gate at the bottom of the entrance drive, Our belongings went in the hard way, down a rather nasty set of stairs. If I look on the bright side I am now much fitter than I was when I woke up this morning.

The second one, the weather station, was impossible,. I wanted to check at 12.35am where the sun was. 12.35 is due south and permits me to set up an accurate weather station. How did that one go? No keys and no-one interested in looking out of the back. And when I finally cracked it, 99% cloud meant I could not work out whee the sun was.

Some belongings were transferred and Portelas was set up as base camp. No weather station. A nice peek inside Bernardo’s, the café opposite. Plus the location of the Portelas station for transfer of rubbish was identified.

It seems no one knows our exact address. The Portuguese electricity operator EDP is saying it will take 10 days plus to switch on our supply. We are hunting for a generator. The estate agent does not know the address of the property we have just purchased. The lawyer seems equally bemused. It could only happen in Portugal.

I wanted to bring you a photo of our new house in Portelas. Unfortunately it was solid cloud and spitting down. But guess what, when we got back to our old home it was ShiningInLuz.

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7 thoughts on “Madeleine – we’re leaving home, bye, bye.

  1. Thankyou for another interesting post and congrats on your move and the new house. Does this move mean you will be spending less time in / on Luz re. Madeleine etc? Is there space perhaps now for a Cloudy in Portelas blog and a new direction?

  2. Oddly enough, today we decided we cannot move out from here at the end of April as the builders/decorators will still be hard at work.

    So our target date is now end-May, which means I expect to be in Luz on the 10th anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance.

    When I move I expect to spend a lot less time in Luz, though certain aspects will require a re-visit.

    After our move, I want to integrate into something much more Portuguese than the foreigners’ bubble that is Luz. A lot of my time will be devoted to that and I expect to start a completely separate blog covering what we get up to when we move inland.

    Unless there is a breakthrough in the Madeleine case, I anticipate interest will slowly wither. I cannot see the 11th anniversary being covered in any depth by the media, just as the 9th was scarcely featured.

    But here is a thought. If we had moved to Portelas when we first shipped up here, I would have no interest in the Madeleine McCann case. It was only the odd actions of OG in June 2014 that wound me up. If I had been in Portelas then, I would not have cared a jot and this blog would be 100% different.

    Such is life.

    • On some of my recent Internet trawling I came across another video of Praia de Luz thst you might be interested in – see:

       It reportedly shows Luz between 1960-1970. Personally I would go for a later date due to some  tourism development evident in the video.

      Of note the video clearly shows the promenade before commercialisation and the invasion of the nefarious palm trees.
      However one othe6r item did catch my attention and that is an area of promenade wall that is composed of white stones @ approximately 0.21seconds into in the video. 

      Now strangley I remember I have seen something similar  somewhere before – yes in the Paul McCartney photo you included in a post previously.
      I believe the video like the photo shows a time when the wall of the promenade did not have doors / access points or even shops / restsurants.

      Now call me daft but would you be willing to settle the imaginings of an old Beatle fan and take a photo from the rocks facing towards the wall of the promenade at that point?  I know I take a liberty in asking but ever since you posted the photo – it had stuck in my mind like an old tune! I really would be most grateful and many thanks for reading my ramblings! I hope the video is of some interest regardless.

    • Cont.

      On some of my recent Internet trawling I came across another video of Praia de Luz thst you might be interested in – see:

       It reportedly shows Luz between 1960-1970. Personally I would go for a later date due to some  tourism development evident in the video.

      Of note the video clearly shows the promenade before commercialisation and the invasion of the nefarious palm trees.

      However one othe6r item did catch my attention and that is an area of promenade wall that is composed of white stones @ approximately 0.21seconds into in the video. 

      Now strangley I remember I have seen something similar  somewhere before – yes in the Paul McCartney photo you included in a post previously  – https://shininginluz.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/luz-1968-paul-mccartney-hunter-davies.jpg.

      I believe the video like the photo shows a time when the wall of the promenade did not have doors / access points or even shops / restsurants.

      Now call me daft but would you be willing to settle the imaginings of an old Beatle fan and take a photo from the rocks facing towards the wall of the promenade at that point?  I know I take a liberty in asking but ever since you posted the photo – it had stuck in my mind like an old tune! I really would be most grateful and many thanks for reading my ramblings! I hope the video is of some interest regardless.

  3. …On some of my recent Internet trawling I came across another video of Praia de Luz thst you might be interested in – see:

     It reportedly shows Luz between 1960-1970. Personally I would go for a later date due to some  tourism development evident in the video.

    Of note the video clearly shows the promenade before commercialisation and the invasion of the nefarious palm trees.

  4. Cont. … One detail in the video did catch my attention and that is an area of promenade wall composed of white stones @ approximately 0:21. 

    Now strangley I remember I have seen something similar before – yes in the Paul McCartney photo you included in a post previously  – https://shininginluz.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/luz-1968-paul-mccartney-hunter-davies.jpg.

    I believe the video like the photo shows a time when the wall of the promenade had no doors / access points or even shops / restsurants.

    Now call me daft but would you be willing to settle the imaginings of an old Beatle fan and take a photo from the rocks facing towards the wall of the promenade at that point?  I know I take a liberty in asking but ever since you posted the photo – it had stuck in my mind like an old tune! I really would be most grateful and many thanks for reading my ramblings! I hope the video is of some interest regardless.

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