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03rd February 2016
After a year of great contrasts, both Marion and I lost our last remaining parents - our mothers, and we married on a beach in Papa Westray (Papay). We bought and then decided to part exchange our 5th Wheeler, and so we are currently without van to tourer, and have decided to spend a few months back in the Algarve. Currently we are enjoying some social time with the Camping and caravanning club rally, and although not officially on the rally as we stay in a chalet, I've put on a couple of evening photographic presentations, and we even managed to win the Quiz along with new friends.
We have new plans, starting with picking our new and huge Celtic Rambler up in late April, doing a photographic workshop in the Wicklow mountains, Ireland, followed by a major tandem ride around Kerry and the west of Ireland. A Neil Young concert is booked for June in Dublin, and we return to Devon and then Cornwall for summer work. New Zealand is on the horizon next winter and a possible spring tour of Canada is also on the schedule.
The next birding project will centre on Bee Eaters, along with opportunistic work on birds of prey and Bustards. Presently I might go looking for the Little Owls, Dartford Warblers Chats and other local Algarve birds. Keep watching!