some things about some things

Happy new decade to all of you.
We have been reflecting on our first year in Portugal. We’ve made a list of all the things we’ve achieved, as we weren’t really sure what on earth we’d been doing for the past 12 months. We are aware that we have not posted any news about building, there are reasons for this and hopefully this year we’ll be able to let you in on our project. We’ve felled a lot of trees,

some on our land some we bought from someone else’s land. We’ve milled most of it and burnt alot more of it. We’ve taken a chunk out of the mountain behind the house

and had it dumped nearer the house to create a driveway.

We’ve had a borehole put in, that unfortunately doesn’t supply us with enough water……

……..a very expensive hole.

We’ve cleared 2 hectares of land. we’ve grown a hell of a lot of vegetables. we got bees and chickens. We’ve made more chutney than we can ever consume. We’ve kept ourselves in onions, potatoes and squash. We’ve harvested 2 seasons worth of olives and had our own oil made with the second harvest. we gave away alot of grapes and received nothing in return (lessons learnt there). We’ve uncovered terraces we didn’t know we had.

We lost our first dog to illness and old age

and found ourselves another.

We’ve learnt some Portuguese and continue to be a source of amusement for the locals.

Rick has removed (by hand) several tonnes of bedrock to make way for foundations.

He has built some very posh compost bins.

He’s built several runs for the chickens, erected fences and removed fences. The list goes on and all of it good. We have however had a bout of bad luck at the end of the year. The truck has been off the road for 3 weeks now with a broken crank bolt, I am in negotiatons with Mitsubishi UK about compensation due to either faulty part or fitting thereof. We are borrowing a vintage truck from friends which has also come with its own complications, Rick’s too big to drive it, which leaves me doing all the running around. Flat batteries and flat tyres (on new years day with a massive hangover, not favourite). Rick poisoned himself with oysters on Boxing Day and the puppy contracted a viral infection which very nearly killed him. Everyone is better except the truck and we’re taking things in to our hands tomorrow as it is currently languishing in a garage graveyard.
Here’s hoping that 2010 will be as good as 2009 if not better, more building work will happen, more vegetables will be grown and eaten. More tears (of frustration) will be shed and laughter will hopefully conquer all.
Thanks to all of you who have kept up with the blog, I hope it’s been amusing. I will continue to keep you updated………

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5 Responses to some things about some things

  1. Alice says:

    Happy New Year! I have been enjoying your blog since we met way back in July (doing the base for Wendy's yurt)… I haven't commented yet, don't know why?! but I have been enjoying your posts immensely – as has hub. Keep up the good work in 2010 – we may see you again in Portugal at some point this year 🙂

  2. outback girl says:

    Happy New year to you both.
    How amazing you are and what resilliance you have! You guys make us proud and envious of all you do; you are living the way life should be lived. We wish you every success in everything you do- not that you will need it……….through your determination and tenacity you have made a beautiful life- (if not a lttle hard)that should make you both very proud of yourselves. You are two Special people that have carved out a very special place in this world.

  3. deltairish says:

    Hi there David here from Dublin myself and Debbie are going to sell up here and move to your area hopefully this summer your blog has been quite inspiring for me becuase you are very simuler to us ever down to the fact that we have three GSP's as well.
    Keep blogging

  4. Wendy says:

    You pair are too modest by half! You've achieved more in 12 months than most of us get round to in 12 years. You should give yourselves one walloping great big pat on the back, me chooks, because you are an inspiration, to me at least. Here's to the next 12 months!! Looking forward to sharing more of them with you than the preceding 12.

  5. Pete says:

    I can well relate to the tendency to be more focused on how much there is still to do that what has actually been done! You have done a heck of a lot so jolly well done and keep on keepin on!

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