The world needs more Trees

It’s hard to believe that already another week has flown by and we have been in Portugal for 3 months now.   There is such a lot to do and we’re finding that we’re jumping from one thing to another, depending on the weather and what is most needed at the time.  Mark is spending quiteContinue reading “The world needs more Trees”

Sunshine After the Rain

Someone once told us, that Portugal doesn’t get much rainfall, but when it comes – it comes!  The rain came …… and stayed with us for five days albeit with varying degrees of intensity.  The little brook that weaves down from the water mine, along past the olive trees and onto the orange grove nowContinue reading “Sunshine After the Rain”

Sharing our Home

We arrived in Portugal two months ago with the misconception that there would be just the three of us occupying Quinta Vinha das Almas and that we would be spending the next few month by ourselves, socially distanced and renovating our farm. Morning walks and working on the land have taught us differently. One ofContinue reading “Sharing our Home”

Every day is a school day!

Albert Einstein once wrote, “Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” So when it comes to living peacefully alongside nature, working the land and making good use of everything around us – we realise that it is not enough to simply “know”, it is important that we understand as well. It was duringContinue reading “Every day is a school day!”

There’s a Storm brewing!

As Storm Cristoph descended upon us so did our inability to get outside and do anything on the land.   We’ve heard from other people that this is an ideal time to catch up on things that they have meaning to get round to for ages – reading a book, pursuing a hobby, calling friends andContinue reading “There’s a Storm brewing!”

Three Wheels on my Wagon!

Ever had one of those weeks when things start off lovely and then seem to go from bad to worse? and then just when you think that nothing else can go wrong, guess what? it does! With all the news headlines recently about various storms, different weather fronts and snow and ice across the UKContinue reading “Three Wheels on my Wagon!”

The Cistus Fields – Revisited

This morning’s routine of a 6.30 alarm call, shower and unlocking the longhouse for the builders was abruptly interrupted when there was a loud knock on the door. It was a bit alarming as we don’t get many callers in the middle of nowhere. It turned out to be one of the Ecositana team whoContinue reading “The Cistus Fields – Revisited”

Living the Good Life!

We’ve indulged ourselves lately by watching old episodes of The Good Life which was aired on BBC TV in the 1970’s.  For anyone who is not old enough to remember this, it stars Tom Briers and Felicity Kendal and is set in  Surbiton, south-western Greater London.  The storyline centres around a draughtsman who decides onContinue reading “Living the Good Life!”