Author Archives: ourlifehandmade

sad endings and new beginnings

the last thing I had that hadn’t been consumed or destroyed by the fire has now been swept away by a tsunami type flash flood on my land The river broke over the top of the 8 foot high wall … Continue reading

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As the enormity of what’s happened starts to sink in, I’ve realised that I have less stuff now than when I left home at 17, the only difference is that I have a husband and two dogs, oh and some … Continue reading

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falling or flying, the choice is yours

this latest experience (so far) has shown us who we really are and what we are capable of, the stuff we have inside, that can’t be incinerated by fires, or frozen solid by extreme cold or swept away by flooding … Continue reading

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Lidl breakdowns

Since the fire, I have obviously been grieving but also trying to get on with all the paperwork, logistical stuff, organising the dogs, sorting ourselves out, just on a basic level, with clothing etc..this has preoccupied me, in a good … Continue reading

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there is no “normal” anymore

Like for many others in this area, there is no “normal” anymore, there’s  “before the fire” and “after the fire” for those of you that have followed our story and the one from before moving to Portugal, we have been … Continue reading

Posted in baking, Bathrooms, building, carpentry, confectionary, Food, forest fires, Garden, just stuff, kitchens, New builds, Paintings, The simple life, Timber frame | 3 Comments

what can i say

about 9 mins in you will see what was our house, the whole film is upsetting, but particularly for us……

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The day that changed our lives

Rick and I had just returned from our first break together for 7 years, 2 days in Lisbon with all my family to celebrate my mothers 80th birthday… we were initially reluctant to go because we had already had the … Continue reading

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