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Browsing Archive: September, 2011

Time for harvesting olives - things you need to know

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Friday, September 30, 2011, In : food and recipes 
                                      

 
The olive tree is the oldest cultivated tree in the world and also the people of São Marcos da Serra love its fruit.  They have been milling it for decades to obtain a high quality rich oil. There were 3 olive oil mills (lagar de azeite) in the village, but unfortunately they all had to go for environmental reasons. Now you have to bring your olives to the mill in Messines. 

The olive tree flowers in May and the fruit can be picked around October (depe...

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Another creepy crawler

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Thursday, September 15, 2011, In : nature 
                           

You really don´t want to bump into these innocent looking little guys!  They are pine processionary caterpillars (Thaumetopoea pityocapa) and live in pine trees.  
 
In the adult phase they are a simple and unremarkable, short lived moth which emerge in the summer and fly at night. A single female can then lay up to 300 tiny eggs which she attaches in a mass to a pine needle. Around one month later these eggs hatch into minute caterpillars. These very social caterpil...

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Watch Out For The Centipede !!

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, In : nature 
                                    

Living in the rural Algarve brings you into close contact with nature, which normally is wonderful.  But sometimes some weird creatures can cross your path, such as this little fellow: the Megarian banded centipede (Scolopendia cinglulata centipede), or in Portuguese: centopéia.

Centipede, means 100 feet, which is little overdone.  Most of these centipedes have about 40 legs, 2 per body segment. The Megarian banded centipede has alternating bands of black a...
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Market day in São Marcos da Serra - 15 September

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Monday, September 12, 2011, In : festivals and fairs 


September 15 - Market day in São Marcos da Serra, near the cemetery.

Do your shopping, watch the people and enjoy the summer wiht some grilled chicken and wine or beer.
 
 

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Save The Gecko - Salvem As Osgas !!

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Monday, September 12, 2011, In : nature 


This is a gecko, or in Portuguese: a osga, a harmless and very useful type of lizard that lives in all kinds of warm areas in the world.  It is famous for its special toe pads, that enable it to walk on smooth and vertical surfaces and even to cross ceilings with ease.  A gecko is unique in its vocalizations, making chirping sounds in social interactions with other geckos.  They are extremely useful to people because they feed on insects and mosquitoes.

It is hard to understand why the people ...

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Sport for Seniors season 2011/2012 starts September 19

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Tuesday, September 6, 2011, In : sport and entertainment 



The new schedule of the project Sport Senior, season 2011/2012, will begin next September 19. This project activity is promoted by the Municipality of Silves (CMS), through its Sports sector, and directs people aged over 55, resident in the county. All those wishing to register may do so in first class, free of charge, one of 21 classes in Alcantarilha, Silves, Loving, Armação de Pêra, Azilheira , Enxerim, Pear, Poço Barreto, Portela de Messines, Sao Bartolomeu de Messines, São Marcos da...

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