Botanical Art Workshop and Exhibition

Botanical Art

Angie Gray, Member of the Society of Botanical Artists and a good friend whose talented work has featured on the blog for many years, has asked that we publicise a one-day workshop which she is holding on April 26th. Having featured her last successful exhibition at the Electricity museum in Funchal a couple of years ago, it is good too see her back in action!

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Carnival. TAP strike called off. Airlines investigated.

Carnival

Carnival: February 7th – 18th

Events featuring scantily clad young women with better than average figures may be politically incorrect at the moment, but Carnival kicks off this week regardless (the photo is from the Visit Madeira website), and will no doubt be as popular and successful as ever. The main events ..................read more

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Calheta rockfall. Poor weather set to continue.

Calheta rockfall

Rockfall in Calheta

The Journal reports recreational port of Calheta has been closed for two days a large boulder fell on the road there, narrowly missing a bus. Regional Government workers will repair the damage and assess the situation. The port has been temporarily closed as a security measure.

Work to reinforce the cliff face was already planned for early this year – ..................read more

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Strong winds continue. Cruise ships cancel.

Wind forecast

Strong winds continue

Strong winds continued overnight, and the airport does not appear to be working fully so far this morning – the usual 05.30 flight left for Lisbon, but since then the estimated times of arrivals and departures have been pushed back. The graphic above is today’s forecast from Windguru (link on the “Useful Links” tab above). 10.45, still nothing ..................read more

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Poor weather. Airport conditioned.

Pico do Areeiro

Poor weather

The poor weather that seems to be the pattern just recently saw strong winds and rain overnight. Some snow fell on the inland peaks yesterday. The access road to Pico do Areeiro was closed due to the snowfall (pictured by RTP Madeira). The road  between Eira do Serrado and Chão da Lagoa was also closed to traffic. The Madeira archipelago is now (Tuesday) under ..................read more

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Rough seas. NRP Douro. Brexit reversal.

Rough seas

Rough seas and cloud forecast

The Diario reports that the Port Authority of Funchal has received from the Portuguese Met Office (IPMA) a notice of prolongation of the maritime agitation, which will last until 6 pm today. Waves on the north coast will be between 3 and 4 metres. On the south coast, the waves could reach 2 metres, and the Port Authority is recommending that the ..................read more

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Porto Santo ferry returns.

Porto Santo Ferry maintenance complete

The maintenance of the Porto Santo ferry, the “Lobo Marinho”, is almost complete according to its operator, Porto Santo Line, according to a video posted on Facebook. The ferry plans to leave the shipyards of Viana do Castelo on the mainland on January 30th and arrive in Madeira on February 1, with the first trip to Porto Santo scheduled for the 2nd ..................read more

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