For a number of months it has rained constantly, it was so bad that trees on hillsides have just fallen over as the ground has become weak due to the rain. The ground has become so full of water that for weeks the rain water has just been running down the hillsides.
At the sides of the main roads, side roads and country lanes the hillsides have been collapsing and in places the roads and lanes have become blocked. The local lawyer tells me that it's been the worst winter in over 45 years.
For the last few days we have had clear blue skies and the temperature today was 24c, lets hope that the bad days of the winter have gone and we can now enjoy the kind of weather that Portugal is famous for.