Dorothy Boulter turns 104!
May 9 is the birthday of a delightful foreign resident who has lived in the Algarve for six decades. This Monday, Dorothy Boulter turns 104!
Dorothy has long been greatly admired by many people for her kindness, relaxed attitude to life and warm smile for everyone she meets. Quick-witted, she has been able to cope with and even make fun of her total deafness.
Well-known artist BJ Boulter says her mother is still “strong and healthy but now wheelchair-bound and reliant on professional carers”. However, that constant smile “is as lovely as ever”. It is there in BJ’s latest portrait that will be exhibited at a special exhibition opening next month in Faro.
On coming to the Algarve in 1962 via Malta, Ismailia, Bombay, the UK and Tanganyika, Dorothy and her late husband Royston bought and ran the beautifully situated Solar Penguin public bar and guest house in Praia da Rocha. She ran it efficiently for 45 years before retiring and moving close to BJ in Estombar, Lagoa. She has lived there ever since, able to look after herself until just a few years ago.
Dorothy’s portrait will be on show with works by various members of the Algarve Artists’ Network (AAN). After a two-year break due to the COVID pandemic, the theme of the AAN’s next exhibition is “Artists for Hope”. It will be held in the Museu Municipal de Faro from June 11 to August 28. Open Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Closed Mondays.
By LEN PORT
Len Port is a journalist and author based in the Algarve. Follow Len’s reflections on current affairs in Portugal on his blog: algarvenewswatch.blogspot.pt