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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, […]


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 […]


When life gives you oranges, make orange juice!

Laura cutting oranges in half for squeezing

Our orange tree is in full blossom and heavy with ripe fruit! From about 10am every day you can hear a constant bzzzz of bees as they pollinate the tree. This goes on until around sunset as they bzzzz off back to their little homes. I think it is really important to make the most of a […]


Our Animals

Jasper with his favourite toy - a blue squeaky toy

Jasper, the Portuguese Water Dog This is Jasper. Jasper is the latest addition to our family. He was 4-years-old when we rescued him from a dog shelter near Lisbon in March 2019. His story is that his previous owner had passed away and so he needed to be re-homed. He grew up in an apartment […]


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 […]


My Home in Portugal: The Empty Rooms

Upstairs in the attic room, which is now a bedroom

We have lots of empty rooms in the house. I’d say about 5 or 6. They’re the rooms that don’t have a purpose yet or in need of renovation. Let’s take a look: This room is one day going to be our pantry. It’s the room to the right of the ‘Castle Room‘. My mum used […]