Rain Dance

Obviously we’re enjoying the wall-to-wall sunshine and high temperatures in our new Portugal location. But nevertheless, a little rain wouldn’t come amiss! Not so we can heft our dumbbells in the rain (as much as we enjoy being shirtless in the rain, especially for a run)…

…but because we are in danger of running out of water. The unprecedented heat wave covering much of eastern and southern Europe isn’t quite so fierce here, possibly due to the influence of the Atlantic Ocean. But the wild fires in Portugal started weeks ago (thankfully not near here – not really a forested area). Currently the concern of the local community is the potential loss of water supplies.

Of course, building this large vacation complex, filling its pools, and bringing in around 200 additional people has not helped, especially as there was no plan to supplement the water supply. We understand that it was discussed at the planning stage… now, some local people are pointing the finger and saying ‘if it wasn’t for them coming here, we’d be all right’. And, for sure, they may well be right.

Swimming off the beach is all very well…

…but our clients come back here sweaty, sticky and plastered in sand, and then the showers start to flow!

The guests are, obviously, discouraged from jumping straight into one of the freshwater pools in that condition and, even if they did, the next thing would be shower to wash of the pool chlorine. Same goes for the sweaty gym bunnies…

And, indeed the staff. Us! It is very difficult to be working in a temperature peaking 36C without getting sweaty ourselves, and luxuriating under the shower! We’re constantly thinking – ‘we want to be in some water… somewhere!’

Of course, from the perspective of a family or a couple just here for a week, what they’ve paid for is SUN, SUN, SUN! Any talk of needing rain would not go down at all well. Today, the management received an estimate from the local authorities for doubling up on the pipeline which leads from wherever the large water mains run – a solution which will work only if the reservoir(s) retain adequate resources, of course. Apparently, it’s not cheap. And it was not something the ‘powers that be’ here expected to have to fund! So a little rain would delay the problem while the debate continues. I think, in the longer term, that our management will decide to assist the local authorities, in the interests of good relations. But I’m sure they’ll be pointing out all the spending power of the visitors which is boosting the local economy. Not least, restaurants! Good though the food is here, most visitors are sampling the local offerings as well. Us too, even though food is free under our contract if we ‘eat in’.

Meanwhile, at our Welsh cottage (aka pension fund investment!), guests are dodging the sowers under cloudy skies. They don’t call rain ‘Welsh sunshine’ for nothing.

OK, whatever the weather is where you are, enjoy. Or go on vacation to somewhere different!

But do keep up the fitness and, if you are a gay guy, enjoy the remaining fit-lad images which follow:

Coming soon:

Up on our roof terrace, in the dark at dead of night tonight and out of sight of any holidaymakers, we might try the rain dance ritual. Problem is, we’re not sure how it goes. Maybe in the morning, the region will be covered in frogs. Perhaps this is the first move: let’s see!



About tony

Born Northampton UK
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