Hello lovely ladies (and the occasional man),
I'm going to join Elizabeth's T-Party where we share a drink related item in our blog post.
I will leave that for later as I can't wait to take you to a museum. Elizabeth takes us often, but today I would like to show you the museum we visited in Portugal.
We were in the little port of Portimao, on the south coast and it was very hot.
So with three children in tow, we opted for an airconditioned museum. This is the photo from the brochure take from a boat I think.
The museum was right on the water front/ harbour. And we found this dolphin sculpture right outside the entrance to the museum.Perhaps you noticed that it is composed of empty plastic bottles (in a net). A protest to how we pollute our oceans.
This representation of a fishing boat also sat outside the museum.
This little pier was part of the museum, as the main exhibition is about sardines, and how they processed and canned them.
The baskets got emptied into trays
on benches in a long hall. Can you imagine the smell?
Hubby was fascinated.
The hall is called the 'heads-off' hall as women would do nothing else all day but cut the head off the fish. The girls doing this would have been promoted through the system of all sorts of jobs. Only the best were allowed to cut the heads. It was the best job.
The fish then went into the large oven. The door to the oven is on the right of the photo and you see it side-on.
My step-son, who is an engineer, spent quite a bit of time looking at the boiler.
The workforce was mainly women and there was even a creche for their babies. A video was playing that showed an older woman (Evidently an ex sardine worker) talking about her experiences in the processing plant. But it was all in Portuguese, so I didn't understand it.
Then the sardines get packed into the tins.
I can't quite remember what this machine did, but I think it is where the olive oil gets added to the tin.
This part of the museum shows how the tin sheets got printed
Underneath the museum were pools where the fish awaiting processing, were being kept. Nowadays the pools are empty and dry. A walkway was made and at the end was a fun feature for children
(And the young at heart). It was a pretend submersible with video scenarios and 'real' instruments and buttons to press. Grandad and the children had a whale of a time.
I hope you enjoyed the museum visit.
Finally here is my beverage:
I had brought a kit from Holland to make Nassi Goreng, an Indonesian rice dish. I only had to provide the main ingredients, and the kit had sachets of herbs and spices for the rice and a sachet to make the saté sauce. I made it last week and enjoyed it immensely. The beer was lovely too. We had Steam Punk Red Beer.
You might have noticed I have no postcard this week. I didn't receive any. I think I didn't receive any because the postman is on holiday. The replacement doesn't know the neighborhood (lots of higgledy-piggledy little walkways that don't have names).
I hope he comes back soon.
Hubby and I have gone vegan for a month. So far we are loving it.
I'm sorry but I have forgotten to take any pictures of our meals. Today we had One Pan Mexican quinoa (with black beans) and yesterday a chickpea curry with brown rice. We made oat meal pancakes with maple syrup one morning and banana, oatmeal and cinnamon overnight oats the other.
I'll leave it at that.
Wishing everyone a happy T-Day,