Lagos Area afpop Newsletter May 2021
At last, I can feel useful again as we slowly, slowly begin to emerge from hibernation and be in the presence of other members. I want to take small steps at the beginning and with this in mind, I have arranged for a wine-tasting of some of the Fiuza wines that we are being offered ready for summer.
The event will be on Friday June 4th and it will be at the beautiful setting of Espiche Golf Club from 11.15am. It will be outside on socially distanced tables which will seat 4 or 6 people – you tell me who you will be sitting with so that I can reserve that table for your group. You will stay at your tables and the waiters will bring everything over to you to avoid mingling, though of course you will be able to chat to each other across the terraces. There will be nibbles with the wines and then lunch with a choice of either chicken, fish or a mushroom & cheese omelette, all with chips, to be followed by fresh fruit salad and ice-cream. One drink will be included in the price – a beer, wine, soft drink or water, as will a tip for the staff, so your all-in price will be €19 or €21 for afpop non-members. Guests are welcome to this beautiful venue if there is anyone you would like to bring along but I will limit the event numbers due to current restrictions, therefore please reserve your place quickly and when booking, tell me your meal choices and who you would like to sit with.
I am including the Fiuza order form HERE -orders and payment must be with me no later than 12th June. To minimise my contact with people, I would ask that you pay directly into the Lagos area eents account which is at Credito Agricola : PT50 0045 7194 4030 1600 2393 9 CCCMPTPL or cash directly into my letter box.
Incidentally, if your partner is not a joint member with you, then just ask the office to make them joint at your next renewal date. It is only €15 a year extra and of course it then gives them access to the full afpop benefits too e.g. the Health Insurance scheme.
The blueberries are available but in limited numbers so there will be no public picking nor general sales till July but Quinta do Pincho has agreed that I may offer some to afpop members – I know a lot of us have taken advantage of this in previous years. Contact Alex via the Blueberry Facebook page or ring her on +44 797 586 9761 and she will arrange delivery.
I am still collecting details of books that the afpop members have written – any language – and will make a list available in time. We are also still having Zoom sessions, fortnightly on Thursdays if you would like to come along and ‘meet’ us.
On a personal note, we are considering installing solar electric and water systems to take advantage of the fabulous climate that we have so would welcome any comments or advice.
Another personal thing is that when I read your emails to me, my brain hears them as spoken words and I answer accordingly. I quickly type the reply and then press ‘Send’. Then of course, I reread it and realise it can sound quite abrupt and impersonal with no greetings, or ‘Thank you for writing’. I just do a straightforward answer as though in a conversation. Actually I am quite sociable in person! So, if you DO receive a response that seems a bit crisp, let me assure you that it is not meant in a rude or disrespectful manner, it is just me rushing through life as normal.
I have a number of ideas for events but as I say, it is prudent to start slowly and see what happens which is what I intend doing. In the meantime, if you would like to order any wines for you or your friends, the price given is for a case of 6 bottles, no split boxes allowed, and you will need to collect them from my house in Montinhos da Luz. I would expect delivery before the end of June.
Contact me as soon as possible for the wine-tasting event as there will be a cut-off point. The wines highlighted in yellow are the ones that will be show-cased - 3 Reds, 3 Whites, a Rose and a Fizz for us to try anyway. That WILL be a happy morning!
Also see below a member-to-member sale.
Pat Allen, Lagos area event organiser
Tel: 282-697-548 email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
M2M: Jane has an Apple MacBook Air 13” (mid-2013) for sale with a recently installed new battery. It has been wiped clean and therefore is ready to go. Contact her with any reasonable offer on 914 734 145.