Category Archives: building

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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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

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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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this is my story

This is just my story. Two weeks ago we had the second once in a life time fire, to occur here this year. The fire ravaged an area 6,000 hectares, (a fifth of the size of the fires in California) … Continue reading

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the kitchen

the kitchen is the hub of our home, it always has been, and no doubt always will be. I’m sure it’s that way with a lot of people. As such, it’s construction deserved due consideration, thought and work. Back in … Continue reading

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stone floors

i wanted stone flags for the kitchen, as it was going to be a heavy trafficked area, that we wanted to be able to walk straight in from the farm with muddy boots. there wasn’t any york stone at the … Continue reading

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wooden flooring

i cut a fair number of trees for flooring boards enough for 150 square meters of flooring, but, in the end, not all the wooden flooring came from the forest some of it came straight from the mill. by the … Continue reading

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