Category Archives: village life

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


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

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some things I like about Portugal

The total lack of health and safety nerve wracking and awesomely liberating team work tree down, traffic jam, get out of car, cut tree up, move to side of road, job done getting on with it(ness) women still do a … Continue reading

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dis boot and das boot

It feels like an age has passed and I haven’t written a  thing, not even thought about writing a thing. Sometimes it’s like that, we wait for inspiration, we forget that we are waiting, we get on with our lives. … Continue reading

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loaves and fishes

wonderful things happen when you send your husband to the bread van, he comes back very bouyant, having seen one of these: and received some of these:  from his favourite old lady so, for lunch today we had fresh … Continue reading

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blue is the colour

first of all, sorry for my absence, there’s no excuse, except that we have been dealing with on-going issues with the dogs, which seems to have taken up quite a lot of my time not to mention money…..but thankfully they … Continue reading

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