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

Kahlil Gibran

While making his bed, BattleKid spotted the Buddhist beads we’d been given by a very dear friend in Wales. She gave them to us when he was still a baby for his bed, for protection. They made it to Portugal and stay at the foot of his bed under his sheet. He spotted them and promptly put them on. I had to take this picture and share it with her. She is someone we miss dearly since moving here!

living arrows 49 - BattleKid with his Buddhism beads

While watching TV, I caught this picture of BattleKid with his t-shirt stretched over his legs. I’m glad it is still slightly too big for him or he might have ruined it. I used to sit like this when I was younger.

living arrows 49 - BattleKid sitting with his t-shirts over his legs

Last Sunday we got out of the house and went to our local park. There is a great playground there and this was the first time BattleKid braved the climbing frame. I should point out BattleDad was close at hand here!

living arrows 49 - fun on a climbing frame

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

Kahlil Gibran

Last week was another quiet week as we got ready to welcome two of BattleKid’s aunts to Portugal for a flying visit. They brought him a surprise and he waited patiently for it. I can’t believe how grown up he looks in this picture.living arrows 48 - Waiting for a surprise from his aunt

After we got home, he decided he wanted to get into the wash basket. Crazy child! I couldn’t resist snapping him. And don’t mind the bags behind him. I’d brought my mum and sister to our new shopping centre for some Black Friday deals!living arrows 48 - peeking through the wash basketLinking 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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The Portugal Diaries #14

As mentioned in my last post, we are very lucky to have a restaurant on our site and we went there for dinner one evening at the end of July. As BattleDad was paying, Ricardo the manager gave BattleKid a push pop and I was horrified. I’ve written about it in a post called The Cruellest Things Parents Have Done to Their Children. However, Fairy came to the rescue and it wasn’t thought about or mentioned again.cruellest things

BattleKid and I were also doing painting at home quite often too as we wait to speak to the local kindergarten about getting BattleKid back into a school setting. Kindergarten would be good for all of us to get some structure and routine back. I do think BattleKid was missing it and I was hoping by the time we went to America, we would have a place sorted.Painting fun with BattleKid

At the start of August, BattleDad and I went to our storage unit to fish out warmer clothes for some holidays we have planned. We were advised to layer up for our USA road trip and we know we’ll need the warmer clothes for our trips to Bluestone and Paris. It felt very strange getting them out while we were in shorts and t-shirts. I must admit I am not looking forward to putting back on jeans, jumpers and coats! Funny how quickly you get used to living in shorts and flip flops.

We also took BattleDog to the vets at the start of August. He was due his kennel cough booster. I also asked the vet to check his nose as it was going crusty. He had been nosing in the ground and I thought it might be due to this. The vet mentioned two conditions that might also cause it and it got me a bit worried. However, she suggested moisturising it first to see if would come off. So that’s what I did, using good old olive oil. And to my surprise it worked. His nose was doing much better within a few days.German Shepherd

We have also had a few successful barbecues. BattleDad had a BBQ shipped down from the UK and spent some time putting it together. Once it was ready we ventured into Tavira Market for spices and supplies. The spices were for my Dad to make me up a curry powder mix. He makes the most amazing curries, that taste the same every time and it’s all down to the mix of spices he uses. He was kind enough to make me some when we first moved to Portugal but I was running low. So, we stocked up and he showed me how to make the powder mix.my sunday photo

BattleDad picked up some spices for chicken and I must say, the ones coming off the barbecue taste amazing. That’s one thing we love about living in Portugal. You can say you’re going to have a barbecue and not have to spend the rest of the day hoping and praying it doesn’t rain. You are pretty much guaranteed sunshine and warm weather in which to enjoy said barbecue. I think they are going to become a weekend regular!

We were also making the most of the pool on site every afternoon as it’s a lovely way to end the day with BattleKid and also a way to cool down. BattleKid has no fear at all in the water.My living arrows picture of BattleKid jumping into the pool

Our attempts to contact the school to enrol BattleKid weren’t very successful but just before our holiday, the main school in Vila Real de Santo Antonio contacted me and I managed to get BattleKid on the list. However, it’s not as easy as it sounds. I had to get his fiscal number and try get both him and I a social security number. The lady in the office of social security didn’t speak much English and my attempts for that number for us failed. It left me feeling a bit worried as we approached our holiday as to whether he’d be allowed to join kindergarten.

We had been busy making final plans for our USA road trip during August. I had been working hard to get posts scheduled for while we’re away and I’m glad to say the motivation was great. I sometimes lose my blogging mojo but for some reason it was sticking around. I just hoped it didn’t get left behind in America. And before we knew it we were on our way to London to get ready for an epic two weeks in America. I am still writing up those Holiday Diaries!

To be continued…

Cath x

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48/52 My Sunday Photo: 26/11/2017

 This week our Land Rover was in for a service, so BattleDad and I took the opportunity to visit Praia de Faro while we were in the locality. We see the sign for it every time we go to the airport but we’ve never detoured to check it out. Until this week. And I have to say it is just as beautiful as the beaches we’ve discovered in the East Algarve.
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Living Arrows 47/52

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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