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After we cleaned the pool, Laura sat on the pool edge

Two years ago we had a pool guy who would look after the pool for us and keep an eye on the pH and chlorine levels. He’d buy in all the chemicals, hoover it, clean it and send us a bill every now and then. My parents were both still at work then and would […]

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Video: Poppy and one of her favourite past-times

Poppy the Border Collie sat by the swimming pool

This was one of those times where it seemed like a good idea at the time… until Poppy fell in. Poppy is perhaps one of the only dogs that I know of that does not know how to swim. She sinks. She doesn’t even try and doggie paddle, she just sinks with the look of […]

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Lunch with the Fidalgo Family

Eating lunch around the table

My parents recently had the Fidalgo family around for lunch. Do you remember the article about how we swapped 20 bamboo poles for 16 eggs and 3 batches of lettuce? Amelia has quickly become a good friend and on a weekly basis supplies my parents with all sorts of amazing foods from her garden, including tomatoes, […]

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The Swimming Pool

The swimming pool has returned back to blue after it was green

The first of our projects was getting the swimming pool up and running. Start at the top and work your way down or visit my step-by-step guide on how we did it.   In the Beginning The beginnings of the pool Cleaning the pool The Little Hurdles and Problems The hole in the pool Finished! […]

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I miss you, Portugal!

Laura sat by the swimming pool with Poppy

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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Latest on the pool: It’s OK! Cancel the frogs and the fish, please!

The swimming pool has returned back to blue after it was green

It’s been two days since the chemicals were added to the pool and the pool has gone from green to clear. Yippy! So cancel the frogs, the fish and the ducks because we have a swimming pool, not an ecological pond (thanks a lot, Gonçalo)!   We were absolutely right about what had happened. The […]

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