The Dog Frog

It is so lovely and peaceful here on the farm and although two days are never the same, we seem to have naturally eased ourselves into a daily routine that suits the way we want to live.  Sunrise is now around six thirty and sets again at half past eight, so we have a lotContinue reading “The Dog Frog”

April Showers – Portuguese style!

Well – we knew that the rains were coming and fortunately we’d had enough time to prepare for the downpours as down-poured it did!  The barn refurbishment has been finished for some time and as we still haven’t had the windows fitted, there are three very large gaping holes where the windows should be.  WithContinue reading “April Showers – Portuguese style!”

Over to Us!

It has seemed very quiet on the farm this past week or so without the to-ing and fro-ing’s of the workmen. Since starting the renovation at the beginning of the year they have been a big part of our daily routine. We’d had the weekends to ourselves and the odd day or two when theContinue reading “Over to Us!”

Work in Progress

As we can’t really work in the long house at the same time as the Ecositana team and the electrician, it was always the plan that we would focus on doing the land and legal stuff first.  So many things to be getting on with and so many things either part completed or not evenContinue reading “Work in Progress”

Windy Wanda

The weather seems to have now done it’s worse and we have enjoyed some beautiful sunny days recently. This has been a plus all round – the builders have been able to work outside making great steps forward with the cladding and staining, the water filled trenches have started to dry up and we haveContinue reading “Windy Wanda”

Waste Not Want Not!

The saying, “waste not want not” can be traced back to the 1700’s and perhaps, with the current global crisis, it can be argued that it is even more relevant today. One dictionary definition quotes “If we don’t waste what we have, we’ll still have it in the future and will not lack (want) it.”Continue reading “Waste Not Want Not!”

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”

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!”