Category Archives: The simple life

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

Posted in baking, cakes, forest fires, just stuff, kitchens, Recipes, The simple life | 6 Comments

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 | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Blokey stuff, building, Cabinetry, carpentry, Forestry, just stuff, New builds, Roofing materials (shingles and shakes, peg tiles and slate), The simple life, Timber frame, Uncategorized, village life | 14 Comments

sunsets

we’ve been blessed with the most amazing weather lately, very cold nights but bright and sunny days and therefore spectacular sunsets, although we are a bit tucked in to the mountains here at home, a short drive up and we … Continue reading

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summer

not that i want to wish my life away, but it looks like summer is nearly over……thank god…… looking back over my photos, i don’t seem to have done very much, other than a very stressful trip back to the … Continue reading

Posted in Food, Forestry, free food, Garden, just stuff, pets, The simple life, village life, Visits | 5 Comments