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Sailing in the Algarve (Part 1)

Laura on board the Firefly

A dream come true… Learning to sail has always been something I’ve wanted to do.  It’s romantic: it’s just you, the boat, and the crew. To get from one place to another it has to be through the combined efforts and skills of you and your crewmates. You’re all in it together, and together you […]

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Our Trip to Costa Nova

The colourful houses in Costa Nova

Last week we made an overnight trip in Wendy, our motorhome, to the seaside town of Costa Nova. We’ve been working for 3 weeks straight on improving my home in Portugal so it was time to take a little break. Before we arrived in Costa Nova we stopped off in Aveiro, which is known as the […]

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Meet ‘Wendy’ the motorhome!

Wendy the motorhome

It has finally happened: my folks have become hippies! A few months ago when my parents were returning back to England for the winter they made the decision to purchase a motorhome from two of our very good friends. They were finding that the Santander-Portsmouth ferry crossing was getting harder for the dogs to manage […]

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What do I need to know about going abroad with my dog?

Thumbnail for the pet passport

Taking your dog abroad to Portugal or another European country and then bringing them back is pretty straightforward, if you know what you’re doing. If it’s the first time you’ve decided to take your dog on holiday or abroad with you then you really need to read up on what you should do. Simply put, […]

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Some Big News and Upcoming Plans

The blocks we will use to put steps into the swimming pool

The main project last year was the conversion of the old part of the house into an apartment. It was a huge undertaking as we repurposed rooms and fitted both a kitchen and bathroom from scratch. By mid-summer last year it was complete enough for friends and family to come and stay and let us know […]

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A Zillion Photos of the Garden in Spring

Gardening photos after the winter

I was going to post about our plans for the year, but it’s a beautiful day here so I went around the garden and snapped a bunch of photos of the garden. This photo below is taken looking towards the atrium. The white flags on the ground are where the bamboo bush used to be. […]

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