After a long dry Winter, we have had a long hot Summer! The dry hot weather has been with us for months and there is a severe drought. For the first time since we came ten years ago, the stream below us has dried up. There  have  been a huge number of forest fires, although thankfully none really close to us. We picked our grapes, as did most of the village, during the second week of September, a full month sooner than normal. We have spent most afternoons sunbathing and swimming. A couple of weeks ago we took a narrow gauge rail trip from Aveiro, on a recently restored 1930´s train. The carriages were authentic but the engine was an old diesel. The end of the line contained a museum of railway artifacts. It was interesting to learn that the line to Viseu was closed in 1990.

Diesel Engine
Diesel Engine
View into carriage
View into carriage
Train
Train
October 2017

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