Do you love beaches? Check out the latest post about beaches in the Algarve from restlessjo!
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Ok, it’s predictable I know, but how could I have a home in the Algarve and NOT love beaches?  There’s nothing I like better than an amble along the beach, picking up the occasional shell for the collection.  Flat, calm and twinkly in the sunlight, or raging and frothing, I love being beside the sea.

So where better than Portugal, with its wrap around beaches, north to south?  In theory I could walk the full length, starting off in my treasured Eastern Algarve.  Of course, I’d have to swim the odd river.  Perhaps I should take our inflatable dinghy with me- I’m not that much of a swimmer!  Think of the Podcam I could do, if, of course, I were skilled and steady-handed enough to point the video camera in the first place.

No.  Better to focus on my digital memories.  I’m starting in the east and going west, with a few impressions of the beaches that I love.

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What about your saucepans?: A is for Avocado

A is for Avocado

I knew they were widely available in the Dominican Republic but I had no idea that the DR is actually the 3rd biggest producer of avocados in the world, only Mexico and Chile produce more. The DR has climbed up the rankings since 2008 when it was in 7th place…

Lindsay who lives in the Dominican Republic has joined the “My Country A-Z Challenge”

Please click across and check out her first post A is for Avocado

Please don’t forget to update me on your “My Country A-Z”

Another great “A” for Australia! Please click across to Barb’s blog and say hi!
If you would like to join our Country A-Z Challenge please contact me by email or leave a comment below.

What is Arundel?
Please check out WordAngell’s blog and encourage her with you comments and likes.

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   The UK is rich in well documented history and in my A – Z of the UK I am going to look at, not just the towns but the wonderful history that is still in evidence today. The pictures of random stones are of Stone Age tools, dug up in places we have lived or found in the garden around the rural Chichester area. These relics triggered off many a happy ‘hunting expedition’ when my children were young and opened up the wonderment of discovering evidence that primitive man lived in the very same places many hundreds of years before us. Burial mounds, Roman Villas, historic forests, medieval villages and museums, we have lived amongst them all. There is nothing I love investigating more than the history of towns and surrounding areas and trying to imagine how these people lived. Having lived on the south coast all my life there…

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Random Observations of Life

Driest inhabitated continent – Australia

One of the aspects of Australian life that shocked my family on arrival was water restrictions. Four minute showers, people!  They may lack reliable electricity in Nigeria but they do not lack water.  How could this country their Dad was so keen on living in not have enough water?

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Interview with Julie Dawn Fox, Portugal

Julie Dawn Fox

Julie Dawn Fox

Julie’s first post A personal A-Z of Portugal inspired me to join her by sharing “My “A-Z of Portugal”.  I then asked my fellow bloggers all over the world to join us on my post My A ~ Z of Portugal; the response was overwhelming.

I propose to feature and promote bloggers participating in the Global A-Z, not only by promoting a selection of their posts, but also by interviewing a different A-Z Blogger each week. So who better to start with, than Julie herself!

Interview with Julie Dawn Fox, Portugal

Who are you?

I’m a writer, traveller and teacher but not necessarily in that order. My job as a teacher of English as a foreign language (TEFL) has enabled me to live and work in various countries over the years, including Portugal, where I’ve been living for over four years. During that time, I’ve got married, moved to the countryside, adopted a dog and begun to pursue my dream of becoming a writer.

Julie, what prompted you to create the A personal A-Z of Portugal series of posts?

The idea started with the ABC award that Alyson Sheldrake surprised me with around Christmas time. In order to accept it, I had to write a word or phrase for each letter of the alphabet that meant something to me. No need for explanations, just the words, so I did that quite quickly.

While visiting other blogs, such as Restlessjo’s, I noticed an A-Z of Travel doing the rounds. Someone, I’ve no idea who started it, had come up with a question for each letter of the alphabet and challenged bloggers to answer them.

That’s when I got the idea of writing an A-Z specifically about Portugal because that’s the focus of my blog. I began drafting a single post with a paragraph for each letter. Then I thought, hang on a minute, why not write a whole post about each of these things instead of one very long one that people probably wouldn’t bother reading until the end?

I went to bed with the idea buzzing around my head, trying to think of topics for each letter. I couldn’t sleep and in the end, I had to get up and write them down because my memory’s hopeless. Only once I had at least one idea for each letter was I able to go back to bed and get to sleep.

I’d recently read Jeff Goins’ writer’s manifesto in which he urges writers to write about what they want write, not what they think they ought to write. When I looked at my A-Z of Portugal outline the next morning, I realised that I should make it personal and write about things I care about here in Portugal which was quite liberating. I went through the list I’d created and changed some of the topics.

I was really excited at having such a great focus, and ideas for at least 26 posts! I quickly bashed out three or four posts, including the explanatory one. As soon as I published that, other bloggers started asking if they could join in and do one of their own and the idea quickly spread in blogland.

Please tell us more about your blog?

I decided to take the plunge and work on developing my writing skills over a year ago and set up my blog as a space to practice. At first, my posting was erratic. I’d publish a flurry of articles then abandon the blog for months. A while ago, I decided to focus on using this blog to write about my experiences of Portugal and since then, I’ve been adding new posts at least once a week on average.

What do you like about blogging?

I’m still relatively new to blogging and am enjoying making new friends and becoming part of the blogging community, which can be very supportive and encouraging. I like the fact that blogging has made me work on my photography as well as writing. I think I’m starting to get better at both, although there’s still so much to learn.

What advice can you offer to new bloggers?

It’s advice you hear everywhere, but for good reason: try to give your blog a focus. That way you can decide if something you want to write about is truly relevant for that space or not. If not, find somewhere else to write it or try to adapt it so that it fits within the parameters of your blog’s focus. Once I’d decided to focus on Portugal, I found it a lot easier to think of topics and not just waffle about random things.

I think it’s also important to allow people to share and comment on your posts and to make the most of social media as a tool for letting others know about great things you’ve posted but also interesting articles you’ve found on other sites.

What are your plans for the future?

I’m currently working on another A-Z project and building up my profile as a freelance writer. In the future, I’d like to devote more time to writing fiction, too.

Julie is a British expat writing about living and travelling in Portugal. Take a peek at Julie’s blog Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal I know you will be impressed! You can also follow Julie on Twitter @juliedawnfox and on Facebook

Thank you Julie for a great interview!

If you are interested in participating in an “A-Z Blogger” interview or in the country A-Z challenge please contact me by email, twitter or leave a comment below to register your interest.

Global A to Z

Hi Folks,

I created the Global “My A-Z” country challenge to encourage my blogging buddies all over the world to share information about their own or adopted country. However, anyone is welcome to join in – the more the merrier! Please see original post on my blog My A ~ Z of Portugal
The idea was inspired by a post made by Julie Dawn Fox My personal A-Z of Portugal
Some of my followers embraced the idea and the rest is history!

Here’s the plan

Write a separate post for each letter.  For example A is for avocado (if they are popular in your country) or alligator or whatever. You can use each letter more than once. Create a separate category or page such as A-Z Portugal
I created a page My A-Z or Portugal listed the letters and even added links to posts I’d previously made about different aspects of Portuguese life and culture to start me off!

Write an intro post informing your readers you are starting the challenge and link back to this blog to encourage others to reach out. “Blog Luv”

When you’ve written your post please paste your link in the comments section below, and I will add your blog name to the blogroll. I will also feature a different blogger or post several times each week – probably more!

Please don’t forget when you make a post please paste the link in the comment section below, because as I said I will be featuring at least one blog a week. Although, I already subscribe to your blogs, I don’t want to miss a post or link. I’m human it happens 🙂

A-Z has gone Global!

Please see my blogroll for bloggers participating in on this site

There are many more bloggers going to join us…so watch this space!

I want this to be a fun way of sharing! So hope you will join in!

Please watch this space!