Swimming in Portugal


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This is the photo to die for. It was taken in August 2012, a whole year after the house was first purchased. One of the jobs that was quite high on the list was getting the pool sorted. When the weather is very hot – in the early 30s – it was hard to ignore this job!

Setting up the pool involved getting a made-to-fit pool cover, all the pool equipment, chemicals, and finally: filling it up! We had a well around the corner and could switch off our mains and rely on well water, so that’s just what we did. You wouldn’t believe that that crystal clear water comes from a well!

The photo features Jon – my boyfriend – who took it upon himself to clean out the pool in an unconventional manner every morning for the two weeks that we were staying there.

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