Like for many others in this area, there is no “normal” anymore, there’s “before the fire”
I had a home for a bit in the UK and then we built a new one….
which didn’t really become my home
we then moved to Portugal and rented various hovels!!
We’d been living in our new house for 2 years, but it was a building site most of the time, with no running hot water or bathroom, that was fine
I liked my outdoor bathroom and when the Rayburn was on there was always hot water on the stove top…..
We had almost finished all the very expensive and complicated plumbing which would have given us two sources of hot water
and one from a solar water panel for the summer……….
Having a home was the most wonderful thing, unpacking all our stuff which we hadn’t seen for years
cooking and eating amazing food from our gardens
we had, rather ironically just finished paying for and sorting out all the paperwork for a very expensive olive grove on the other side of the valley in front of the house, which has now exploded too……
having an actual life that wasn’t full of stress, hard labour, long hours……
sadly that period has ended
that chapter of our lives was abruptly closed on the 15th October, a day and night that will forever be melted onto our hearts
please help us if you can :