This post is about a place called Vieira de Leiria, which is far to the north of Lisbon.
In the English news, I see that your sun is turning red, and that this effect is being blamed on a cocktail of Hurricane Ophelia, sand from the north of Africa, and the Portuguese forest fires of 2017.
So for those of you worried about Ophelia, here is Vieira de Leiria. This is what has been sucked up.
Vieira de Leiria is on the coast, roughly as far north as Pedrógão Grande, so they are having a tough time up there with natural disasters.
I am told that the burning season has started in the Algarve. That means the time when one is legally permitted to burn the agricultural dross one could not dump in summer. I believe the farmer across the valley did a bit of burning 3 days ago, judging by the smoke.
We happen to live on a village spring, so our chances of disappearing in flames are small. But the Portuguese bureau responsible for predicting fires has now placed two of the regions of the Algarve on the highest warning level (along with 4 in the north and centre of the country). The farmer to the south-east of us was out on Saturday morning ploughing his land and his tractor disappeared in a huge plume of dust, so the land here is definitely parched.