About Us

Hello! I’m Laura! I’m originally from England and I write this blog for my parents, Sue and Rob. 

In 2011 they bought a large Portuguese house that needed some love and a bit of renovation work but they only began working on it when they retired in early 2013. 

The house is located in the Viseu region of Central Portugal. Each Spring, my parents travel to the house in their motorhome, Wendy, and spend the best part of the year enjoying the sunshine and working on the house. 

When the days begin getting shorter and much cooler, they make the return journey back to England for the Winter. 

Why did I start this Blog?

This blog began in 2013 when I thought it would be an amazing opportunity to photograph and document my parent’s life in Portugal and share it with our friends and family.

In the beginning my only readers were my parents, members of the family, and a small group of close friends. After a few months of blogging I started getting ‘fan mail’ from random people from all around the world who were inspired by my parent’s move to Portugal and were also thinking of doing the same thing.

*Real* people were actually reading my blog! 

Now I get over a thousand real visitors a month and I’m still getting the fan mail, which is simply incredible! 

Meet my Family…

So this is my family:

On the left is Alex, my brother, and my parents, Sue and Rob, and me at the front. This photo was taken in 2008 on the day I left for University. That seems like an awful long time ago now.

The border collie on the left is Moses and the other border is Poppy. The Cocker Spaniel is Scrappy. Sadly, our furry friends aren’t with us anymore but they’re still a huge part of our story and so that’s why I haven’t changed this photo. You can read more about our animals here.

photo of the family and the dogs

Welcome to the family, Jasper!

We lost both Scrappy and Poppy early 2019 and our family was left with a hole in our hearts. It was actually a really tough time – I grew up with these dogs, they were family.

We quickly realised that having a dog or two around was really important to us. So in the Spring of 2019 we decided to rescue a 4-year-old Portuguese Water dog and named him Jasper. I’ll write a blog post about him soon.

More about Laura…

I live and work in Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada. I know what you’re thinking: that’s pretty far from Portugal. And it really is!

In 2016 I decided to pursue a career as a rock climbing instructor and so the mountains called me. I completely uprooted my life in England and made the move to Canada and am now a Permanent Resident, soon to be citizen.

Every day I count my blessings, I know that I live a very privileged life. I spend my winters skiing and my summers climbing. This didn’t all happen by accident and was it certainly not without sacrifice. I’ve deliberately designed my life this way and you can too.

I make the trip back home to see my folks in Portugal once a year so I can write content and update you guys on what we’ve been up to.

Get in touch!

If you would like to getting in touch then you can contact me at [email protected] or you can also find me on Facebook and Instagram. I would love to hear your stories about life in Portugal and answer any questions you have.