The Going Postal Summer Competition


Alporchinhos, Porches Algarve

I am pleased to announce the very first, or possibly second Going Postal competition. The First prize is something special (terms & conditions apply) and requires you to be available at relatively short notice (see below), 2nd prize is half a case of wine and third, a book of your choice (within reason).

Send your contributions, essays, cartoons, postcards, anything I could make a decent post of (anything I have received today will be included unless you tell me you’re not interested).

Send your entries in here.

Closing date Friday 15th September. Winners notified Sunday 17th.

1st Prize

“The tide like a gentle lover kisses the beach, gets rejected and rushes away. yet invariably it returns for more.”

While sea, sun, and sand are imperative for a young family the Algarve offers much more for the geriatric sportsman who has binned his studs and requires a more restful alternative. Lots to do if you can get out of the armchair and participate and though some alcohol will invariably be consumed, before , during and after each endeavour , bottled water is also permitted.

1 Cliff top or beach fishing- Beer in one hand, cigarette in the other and fishing rod at your feet- they call you a sportsman. Great on the barbecue if you catch anything. I rarely do. Content with feeding the fish watching the waves and daydreaming. [Once caught 4 fish on a multihooked line from where I took this photo. Load of luck. I know it sounds like a fisherman’s story- all little ones-and my wife loved em.]
2 Deep sea fishing- Join a group of like minded stalwarts out at sea who attempt to catch the bigger ones. Go out with one of the locals in his boat early morning when he tends his boxes or nets.
3 Golf – An excuse for making a 7 kilometre walk while hitting a small white ball on lush green fairways. Buggies available for the less active who insist on taking the shade with them.
4 Tennis. More suitable for a group of 4 where limited movement is a must.
5 Swimming, Jeu de Bal / Petanque /Boules on the lawns, Badminton, Horse riding, Cycling, Beach combing, Cliff top walks collecting rock fossils. The list is endless.

Reading about the UK’s abysmal weather comment from many here I suggested to Swiss Bob I could offer it as a prize for Wankpuffins who might be interested. Willing to forego the full rental costs this one time in the spirit of camaraderie for the one lucky winner who has been participating on GP around since its initial commencement. [Apologies newbies] Just 150 pound to cover the housekeeping, linen, towels electricity and the welcome food package. Being a fringe participant on the GP site do not expect my further involvement. I will meet, greet and leave you to your own de-vices.
The cliff top luxury complex offers pools, gym, sauna, beautician etc with the beach just 150 metres walk away. On site restaurants with further beach bars, restaurants/ cafes, supermarkets close by. Portugal is very cheap dining and wining with most speaking English.
The apartment has all the basics present saving you buying them to leave behind and I will happily stock the fridge to get you through the 1st day avoiding a Mother Hubbard situation upon arrival.
Apartment has airco /heating, wifi, main bedroom , bunk bedroom, 2 bathrooms so though I was considering it would be only for a Puffin and partner, it will in fact cater for a family of 6 which can be organised with the winner if required. [Max 5 adults]
I am unsure when Bob will announce the listing /competition
(Ed today mate) for this offer. Am thinking around the week or perhaps later week commencing Saturday, September 30th for those who could drop everything now and come pretty soon. (Ed – So two different weeks are available).