Before we bought the house it had been left abandoned for several years and the garden had taken on a mind of its own. It really was a jungle; we had to use a machete to find the front door. Before we even began with the jobs inside we had to tackle the outside, so we swept the outdoor flags and cut back as much of the green as we could in the time we had there.
Outside we had a number of lemon, orange, walnut and fig trees. They were so over grown that they were battling over the remaining ‘canopy’ space.
One of the first things that Dad did was buy a garden saw and hack off the stray branches while saving the good fruit. When we arrived when much of the fruit were in season, so rather than organising lunch that day we just picked our lunch and ate it there and then. Living the dream! Here are some before and after photos.
This photo is of our back gate, would you believe it. It is only just wide enough to fit a car through but with the plants being so overgrown the idea of bringing the car in was left for another day. To the left under the little canopy is where the wood for the fires would be stored.
This was ‘Day 1’ and we had no furniture and the inside wasn’t habitable anyway (with there being no taps or light fittings), so after an afternoon of cutting things back we had to make tracks back to the hotel. We were staying for one night at ‘Hotel Severino Jose’ (www.hotelseverinojose.com) in Tondela, which was a short 20 minute drive along the IP3.
UPDATE: In 2015, this is now the garden (more like-for-like shots to come soon):