About Me

We moved out to Portugal to live a frugal but better , simpler and peaceful life, our house is a very basic, semi ruin, up in the hills outside Figueiro Dos Vinhos, where we work our land, enjoy life with each other and our dogs, and hope to make the smallest carbon footprint we can,

Wednesday, 21 October 2009


Well, the weather has turned, we've a spot of the wet stuff ... for the last two days. But we did need it and at least we dont have to bother with irrigation now.
Rik is off to Spain on Friday till Sunday, he is now officially termed as 'Technical Director for Softball ' for Portugal. This obviously is a unpaid post, but we dont mind, it means he gets to play and teach Softball which is a huge passion for him, and something he has missed since moving here. Also it means he feels that he is giving something back to Portugal, this country has been so good to us over the last three years its great that we can do something for Portugal now. He is training the womens National Team, plus the young cadets too, this means a trip to Abrantes every week and a drain on our finances for fuel, but hopefully they are going to pay his expenses soon.
The trip to Spain is a exchange visit type thing for the young team to see a more experienced tean play and to train with them and will do them so much good.

In the garden things are still ticking over, the winter patch is doing well and we are already eating the turnip greens , yummm they make excellent soup. Im planting winter broad beans today, as we get a better result at this time of the year, spring planted ones seem to suffer badly with blackfly which doesnt happen with the winter ones.
The aubergines are STILL producing... so are the peppers...

The log barn is full , we've more wood than ever before and it gives me such a secure feeling, knowing that whatever happens now we'll be warm , dry and well fed . The kitchen range is pumping out heat to cook our food, warm the house and dry my washing... such a splendid invention! I love that thing... and all for free.... last year it covered the cost of buying it, so from now on its all free...