Jan and Andrew

Artist and blogger travellers
Living in: London, United Kingdom
  • Day3

    Temas de Jequita i San Jorge

    June 14 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Today the girls went to the shops early and Nino joined us for breakfast al fresco ( and it was quite fresco) with the dog and kitten.
    Then we set off to a thermal pool which we had to ourselves for a while. The waters were very pleasant and mineral. We spent time in the waters and time watching birds, whiling away a very peaceful morning.
    We visited the nearby town of SAN Jorge for a simple fresh lunch, paid for per kilo which proved very good value too. We looked in the little chapel and a few shops. Meanwhile Nino has made contact with a friend who owns an estate outside Alto Paraíso on the road to Brasilia. The farm has a third set aside as nature reserve and did once also have an hotel. It is called Brancas.
    On arrival we met Fernando the owner, who it transpires is something of a Philosopher and clairvoyant and proceeded with an in depth assessment of each of us in Portuguese which Debs had to translate. As dusk approached we took a silent meditation walk to the lake. Very peaceful.
    Back in the town we walked out for a simple meal of bruschetta and tapioca wraps.
    A very pleasant and different day.
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  • Day2

    Off to Alto Paraiso

    June 13 in Brazil ⋅ 🌫 24 °C

    A good night and up with the sun. Excellent multi fruit breakfast, all so ripe and delicious. Nino arrived around half eight to take us on a trip to Alto Paraíso.
    Several stops along the way topping up with ethanol as it got cheaper the further we got from Brasilia. On arrival we went to see Nino’s eco house which has an amazing balcony with tremendous views. We also met his children who live next door.
    Having checked in to our accommodation we had lunch at Chaupin in the delightful garden. Then we walked through town visiting the market and food stores passing the crystal, earring and clothes shops.
    Late afternoon Nino drove us 20 km out of town for a sunset, where we saw two blue and yellow Macaws or arararas.
    Back at base Fran knocked up a super pasta dish in the basic kitchen washed down by some local beers.
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  • Day1

    Arrived in Brasilia

    June 12 in Brazil ⋅ 🌫 22 °C

    Met by ‘auntie ‘ with F & D. Pleasant 27degrees and sunny. Traffic light but slightly crazy. We had a tour of the ‘airplane ‘ shape centre, south wing and briefly cathedral on the way to Debs family home and meeting her mum and dad. We also met her brother and his children Pedro and Manuela who were both charming.
    Fish supper of Talapia then time to crash.
    Brasilia is celebrating 60 years so there is plenty of 60s architecture to be seen.
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  • Day1

    Lisboa quick change

    June 12 in Brazil ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    After a very smooth flight in the A320neo we were held up for 15 minutes on the ground due to some faulty ground equipment. Bus transfer to terminal 1 then quick trip through more security and we arrived at N44 in time to board A330-300 CS-TOW in jolly ‘Stopover’ advertising livery.
    It is a sunny day in Lisboa though only 14 degrees on arrival.Read more

  • Day1


    June 12 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Up early to catch 06.00 TAP flight to Lisbon for connection to Brasilia. Yes we’re off again on another trip, meeting up with Fran and Debs and meeting Debs’ parents for the first time. Exciting.

  • Day9

    Back to Portland

    June 8 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    We arrived back at Portland just after four, with J&N&JW a couple of hours behind as they stopped at Castle Drogo. The roads were amazingly good despite warnings about the Cornwall show. Sunny and very windy for a spell. Portland beautiful as ever. Some succulent planting and a blue Agapanthus. Sea bass for supper and an early night.Read more

  • Day9

    Leaving St Mary's

    June 8 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    Up quite early to get the last of the packing done and house cleaned. It was really good and well positioned so we have booked for 2020.
    The showers had passed and it was a sunny start for the Othillo SwimRun round St Mary’s. About a hundred set off at 9 to run first round the Garrison then we saw them appear at Porthcressa, the leader 12 mins later. They then swam across the bay and set off running round Penninis towards Old Town. Our pickup was 9.45 and we encountered some leading runners as we arrived at the airport. They would continue running and swimming round the island for another hour and a half or more. All we had to do was board G-BUBN again for the short flight at 1000ft and 120kt to Lands End Airport, with its now concrete runway.Read more

  • Day8

    Juliet's and the Beach

    June 7 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Rain forecast. Preparations for othillo swimrun well underway and a few hardy soles out practicing. First stop to pick up St Agnes gin from Tanglewood behind the post Office. Then off to Porth Melon craft workshops followed by the gallery where we met Stephen Morris, the artist who had been painting a watercolour in the Main Street all week which he showed us. His uncle was married to Nan Heath who also painted watercolours many with wild flowers in the foreground. We then forged on through the rain of storm Miguel past Porth Loo and on to Juliet’s which now has a lovely new building as well as terraces with views for when the sun shines.
    We enjoyed a cream tea and watched the Scillonian sail in.
    Braving the passing storm we nipped along to the gate where we have a group family photo from some 25 years ago. Then back past the duck pond and Harry’s Walls for lunch at The Beach-excellent it was too!
    We all felt the need for a restful afternoon at base while the storm moderated.
    Late afternoon we met some new friends of J&N, who shared the same coat as Nat and an 11 week old. We had drinks, including Ales of Scilly special brew for them. Then we stayed on for tapas in Dibble and Grub on Porthcressa, sadly not conducive to sitting outside.
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  • Day7

    St Martins

    June 6 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    We were up early in expectation of catching the early boat to St Martins. However it transpired the early boat on a Thursday is half an hour earlier. Nat though chatted up a Tresco boat services chap who was just leaving for St Martins to take a school outing to Tresco. So we hopped on the Hurricane and were whisked across at high speed!
    The Old Bakery was open, so we got a round of tea/coffee/lemonade and some naughty cakes. Then we set off for the Day Mark and enjoyed some of many superb views back to Cornwall and out to the Eastern Isles. At the DM we met a chap out photographing and getting some drone shots for his graphic design business.
    Returning to higher town we called in Sue Lewington’s gallery before turning towards lower quay having established that as the afternoon pickup point.
    We found the FayePage jewellery workshop fortunately just as a shower arrived, and just a stones throw from the Sevenstones which offered Liquid Sunshine by contrast.
    Lunch and sketching on the beach before embarking for St Mary’s aboard Meridian.
    Dinner was at the Galley and delicious.
    All in all a splendid and busy day. Juniper was a treasure and entertainment for all she meets.
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  • Day6

    Tresco Abbey Gardens

    June 5 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Forecast was promising so we decided to visit Tresco catching the Sapphire at 10.00. There was a cruise ship out beyond the Easter Isles and so quite a few visitors. Red squirrels on arrival were a real treat and the colour and exotic nature of the plants outstanding.
    We planned for lunch on Pentel Bay which is just a fabulous sandy beach and Juno went for a first paddle in the sea which she very much enjoyed. J and I returned to the gardens which by now were much more peaceful though just as colourful. The others walked to New Grimsby and we met again to board Kingfisher at Carnear.
    Risotto chez Trevessa rounded off a pretty splendid day.
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