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Scrappy shearing, gardening and the generosity of neighbours

Once again my heart is warmed by how generous the Portuguese are. Within a day of getting to Portugal my parents had their neighbours popping by and welcoming them back. They brought fruit and veg around, such as these oranges: These were promptly squeezed into orange juice! Mmmm! One of our closest neighbours, Amelia, made a […]

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When life gives you oranges, make orange juice!

Our orange tree is in full blossom and heavy with ripe fruit! From about 10am every day you can hear a constant bzzzz of bees as they pollinate the tree. This goes on until around sunset as they bzzzz off back to their little homes. I think it is really important to make the most of a […]

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I miss you, Portugal!

I just spent nearly an hour of my life watching an American guy go through a step-by-step process on making a table from a tree. He started by going to a furniture shop and saying “this table is way over priced. Oh, I know! I’ll just make my own” and then he warps back to […]

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My Home in Portugal: The Empty Rooms

We have lots of empty rooms in the house. I’d say about 5 or 6. They’re the rooms that don’t have a purpose yet or in need of renovation. Let’s take a look: This room is one day going to be our pantry. It’s the room to the right of the ‘Castle Room‘. My mum used […]

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What happens after you retire?

On one very hot and sunny afternoon last weekend, both Mum and Dad had a little tipple too much over lunch. This was the result! Dare I say, it’s a few tubes of paint thrown at a white canvas. I think I can see a bird…

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