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A Zillion Photos of the Garden in Spring

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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New year, new website!

Happy 2017 everyone! This is my first post of the year, oh boy! It’s been a while since I last posted. What’s new? One big change is that I’ve redesigned the website as I was getting pretty tired of the old look. Hopefully you guys agree that the new look is a vast improvement on the […]

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The latest update after a long, wet winter

My parents arrived in Portugal a couple of weeks ago and have since been tidying up the house after a long and wet winter. It will take many weeks just before the house feels straight and homely again but we’re making great progress every day. So where are things at? Algae has grown on the […]

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Goodbye England, hello Portugal!

At 7am this morning I was on an Easyjet flight out of Gatwick heading towards Porto. I left behind a beautiful morning in England and stepped off the plane into torrential rain and thunder. This is a trip that I have made around this time for the past few years and this must be the […]

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Easter Time in Portugal (2015)

Our friend and her daughter brought over a cake

Easter is a time for huge celebrations in Portugal and that is certainly true in the village where my parents live. On Good Friday there were loud bangers (like fireworks but without the prettiness) going off from early morning until very late at night. Poppy parked herself in her favourite position under the kitchen table and considered leaving […]

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Scrappy shearing, gardening and the generosity of neighbours

Flowers around the well

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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