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by Dhamaka

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"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"........ Albert Einstein

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"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race"
........ H G Wells

"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better"
........ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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........ Louis Pasteur

"Never to get lost is not to live, not to know how to get lost brings you to destruction, and somewhere in the terra incognita in between lies a life of discovery."
........ Rebecca Solnit

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........ Isabel Allende

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eleven weeks and a day

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till I start getting my life back

(this is the Algarve again)
17th Aug 2009, 16:27  

Sprocket says:

I want to go to there

17th Aug 2009, 16:33

Sprocket says:

I'd better start making the streamers and blowing up the balloons for your "welcome back to your life" party

17th Aug 2009, 16:36

Dhamaka says:

come back with me

17th Aug 2009, 16:51

Sprocket says:

anytime . . . I want that piece of driftwood with the hole in it :-)

17th Aug 2009, 17:21

Dhamaka says:


17th Aug 2009, 17:34

SLG says:

Can I come too ? these are great pictures. Glad to know you are nearly half way through.

17th Aug 2009, 17:48

Dhamaka says:

only if you're a good girl

of course... actually the self catering place I stayed in was very reasonable and could fit 6 comfortably and 8 or even 9 at a pinch....

and one could theoretically drive there or take a train....

17th Aug 2009, 18:03

SLG says:

I am a good Girl

17th Aug 2009, 18:11

Dhamaka says:

and I have a full head of bright blond hair
but you're welcome anyway

17th Aug 2009, 18:22

paintist nli says:

that third shot looks like beach jewellery....lovely :-)
eleven weeks ( and a day :-) ) lets hope it Is one of those short eleven weeks, and not long ones....

17th Aug 2009, 18:43

Toddy says:

I love the bottom one

17th Aug 2009, 19:31

msHedgehog(mshedgehog1-at-gmail-dot-com) says:

I love the colours in the one with the blue bottle, that's fantastic.

17th Aug 2009, 19:49

taniwha says:

Gorgeous D. Makes me want to go.

Eleven weeks to go? Like a war, it should be over by Christmas.

17th Aug 2009, 19:58

Dhamaka says:

paintist - so do I, but it's feeling dead slow at the moment

Toddy - I could see you climbing some of the cliffs there too

MsHedgehog - thank you - and it's wonderful that you keep on visiting

taniwha - the golden hour light round there is absolutely fantstic.. everything has a pastel tint.. and unlike a war all parties are agreed on the end date (although the total recovery time is much more hazy)

17th Aug 2009, 20:03

Caine says:

Here's hoping to a speedy 11 weeks, and a smooth time too. 2nd shot faved.

17th Aug 2009, 20:04

Dhamaka says:

thanks Caine

17th Aug 2009, 20:06

Sprocket says:

9 at a pinch – I guess it's going to be a full house

17th Aug 2009, 21:25

jaket_merah says:

Whew..lovely shots :)

18th Aug 2009, 04:35

Jane Doe says:

Great set. Hope the time flies; it'll all be over by Christmas

18th Aug 2009, 08:23

lilitiger says:

Beautiful, and something to look forward to too. (ward to too, to, too, tidum)

18th Aug 2009, 21:43

Dhamaka says:


19th Aug 2009, 16:23

minkey says:

Algarve for end of the autumn then :) or a Xmas in Algarve, far away from the rain then...

19th Aug 2009, 19:14

Dhamaka says:

Certainly would like to get back. It'd be symmetrical to do it before and after the regime :)

19th Aug 2009, 19:55

Spiderbaby says:

Symmetry has to be the best reason I've seen given for returning to a place in a long while :) Beautiful shots.

19th Aug 2009, 22:31

Dhamaka says:


20th Aug 2009, 09:44

Viv says:

it's a party then? :)
yes bookend it by the Algarve

20th Aug 2009, 12:36