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Good riddance to the bamboo bush!

Late last Autumn we finally said good riddance to the bamboo bush: It was a shame to say goodbye because we use the bamboo in the garden to support other growing plants and also give it to our neighbours, but it was simply becoming very hard to maintain/tame. So it had to go! In its place […]

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Fitting the ‘runway’ lights

I’m visiting my parents for a few weeks and helping them with jobs around the house. There is always something that needs doing. One of the jobs we set out to do in the Spring was to fit lights on the wall surrounding the pool. We dubbed them the ‘runway’ lights quite early on, as during […]

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Projects 2015: The Table

I’ve just got back from an epic 3-week holiday that started on a canal boat in Oxford and ended with a road trip around to Scotland. I’ve driven 2,000 miles in less than a week and I actually feel like I need to take another break to recover from doing so much! I’ll write a […]

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Projects 2015: The Fish Pond

A few weeks ago I told you all about the five projects that we have planned for the year and that one of those projects was that we were going to cut down the bamboo tree and put a fish pond with a fountain in its place. We thought long and hard about the plan and […]

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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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