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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth

Kahlil Gibran

Last week the teachers were on strike here in Portugal for one day, so BattleKid and I ventured to Olhao on the train with my parents. I’ve never been to the town, always passing through when taking one route to and from the airport. I’ll be honest and say the area around the train station is nothing to write home about, but the old town towards the sea front was lovely. Small streets with cobbled paths, you could spend hours wandering around looking in shops.

After a few hours we headed back to the train station and while waiting for our “Thomas” I couldn’t resist getting a picture of BattleKid against the amazing tiles on the wall. All around Portugal you see tiled walls and some are striking like these ones! This was the best of the lot as he was being a messer.living arrows 47 - BattleKid laughing against a fabulous tiled wall in Olhao Train station

On Saturday, after sorting our rough timetable for our forthcoming trip to Disneyland Paris, I decided to try on some of the costumes we’ve gotten for BattleKid to wear while we’re there. Here he is being cool in his Kylo Ren jacket we picked up in America.

living arrows 47 - BattleKid leaning against his wardrobe, very cool, as Kylo Ren Linking up with Donna of What The Redhead Said. If you’d like to take part or see some other Living Arrows posts, please click the badge below.

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth

Kahlil Gibran

This weekend past we made a return visit to Castro Marim, this time bringing my parents. It is a town near Vila Real de Santo Antonio and one they haven’t visited before. It also boasts two castles, or forts, on opposite hills, one of which is open to the public. Our aim was to show them the castle while doing a dragon hunt for BattleKid, and afterwards enjoy a drink and toastie in the square beside the church.

As it was there was a huge market on in town, and we had a wander through, enjoying churros as an after-dragon-hunt treat. But I really noticed how grown up BattleKid is looking these days from some of the pictures I captured of him!

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth

Kahlil Gibran

It’s been a quiet week for us and we haven’t really been up to much. BattleKid has been in preschool and I’ve been scheduling posts. But on Wednesday it was a holiday here in Portugal so I got the craft box out. BattleKid made two masterpieces before we saw his avos (grandparents). 

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On Thursday we had an early dinner and managed a half an hour in our playground before it got dark. It’s getting dark around 6pm here in Portugal so just enough time is left after dinner for a quick slide or two.

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth

Kahlil Gibran

My first Living Arrows picture of BattleKid isn’t a great one but I couldn’t resist snapping it. He had just gotten into bed earlier this week and decided he wanted to sleep with his Ireland teddy bear that Nana brought him back in September. He looked so much like one of his cousins in the picture!

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This weekend gone we drove 4 hours north to a town called Lousa near Coimbra in Northern Portugal so BattleKid could have his first ever lesson on a motorbike. The night we arrived we had a walk around the castle and discovered autumn does indeed visit Portugal! 

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On Saturday morning BattleKid was introduced to an Oset 12 electric trials motorbike by Filipe Paiva of Trial Motor. Filipe is the Portuguese Trials Team Captain and runs an academy school at his gorgeous place in Lousa. We stayed in their B&B which we will definitely be revisiting at some stage! BattleKid had a great time on the bike, and most importantly, listened to the instructions from Filipe. I think Father Christmas might be bringing one for Christmas if he can get his hands on one. The boy’s introduction to the world of motorbikes has begun.

living arrows - BattleKid's first motorbike lesson with TrialMotor in Portugal

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth

Kahlil Gibran

We had family visiting until last Tuesday so hit the beach with them before they went back to Ireland. I can’t believe it’s nearly November and we’re still enjoying the beach with temperatures in the comfortable mid-20’s.living arrows - BattleKid hits the beach again

Last Sunday I was on our decking enjoying a cuppa when I turned around and caught the boy loving his dog. BattleDog is so patient with him.living arrows - loving his madraIn other news the boy has a new song he insists is played in the car on the way to and from school. It’s Missing You by the Rolling Stones but BattleDad added a bit that says “I love (his name)” at certain parts. He loves it. This is him, thrilled to be collected by both mum and dad and to have ‘his’ song playing. (PS BattleDad was driving, I took the picture).

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