A Spot of Gardening and Other Business

Oh boy, these last few weeks have been insanely busy! I’m back from Portugal and I have heaps of material for posts, it’s just a matter of getting around to writing them.

I’m currently working three part-time jobs at the University, which equates to working nearly 12-hour days, 6 days a week. I literally wake up, go to work, get home and go to bed. This is exactly the routine that I hoped to avoid but in order to make an omelette you have to crack a few eggs, right? Fortunately, this will all pay off soon because I’ve booked the summer off so I can spend it travelling around Portugal. I made a plan last year that I would work like a nutter through the winter months, going from job to job, so that I can afford to spend 3-months of the summer in Portugal or doing whatever I wanted. So far this plan has worked extremely well and I’ve played my cards well enough so that I can return to these jobs come the winter time. An all-round win.

I am still planning on starting my own business and I’ve been going on practical courses; but my original plan has evolved into something slightly different and more exciting. I’m hoping that this plan can be initiated this summer so that I can begin working on it properly next year. How cryptic and confusing was that?!

Anyway! Whilst I was in Portugal for a short time in April we planned to decorate the under-covered living space with a few plants. I wouldn’t exactly call it ‘gardening’ but I enjoy acquiring plants to care for. The other week Mum discovered an amazing garden centre in Viseu that sells fruit trees and plants for an extremely affordable price. Honestly, you can buy an 4-foot orange tree for €5 and it’s a healthy one. 

So, we got a lime tree:

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A (sad looking) pomegranate tree:

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We also got some hanging baskets for the windows but mum wouldn’t let me take a photo of those whilst the washing was out (and she always had the washing out!), so that’ll have to wait. Since we got these plants we also got a jasmine plant to climb up a drainpipe and some colourful plant pots.

The weather has been pretty horrid in PT for the past few days so to protect the plants they have all been tucked away under the outdoor living space. Mum loves her plants so I expect that by the time I go back there in June the house will be full of them!

Here’s the latest after a couple of weeks:

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