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,

Monday, 12 March 2012

Life carries on...

So for the meantime,  as we dont expect the house to sell overnight, we have to carry on with normal life. That means starting to get ready for planting. Ive already managed to plant a few peas, Im growing them up the old tomato trellis this season, and the tomatoes which have been in the same place three years running are getting a change of scene.
Yesterday, I cleaned out the little wood and plastic housy that Rick made me which serves very well as a greenhouse , and as we-ve been collecting yogurt pots all winter, Ive planted up tons of seeds, the usual for us, courgettes, Uchi Kuri squash, big pumpkins, little pumpkins, spaggetti pumpkins, Butternut squash, and tons of tomotoes. Ive also started off my Petunias and sweetpeas that I use in tubs to pretty up the cottage area, plus some Portuguese flowers I dont know the name of, stunning colours, of Cerise and yellow and sometimes a mix of both. They open in shade so are good for all sorts of odd corners.
Gareth has gone... and we miss him loads, he has gone to friends of ours in Austria for the summer, a great placement for him and Im sure he will be well looked after, but he was here so long he felt like family.
The broad beans down on the orchard area are in flower, sadly they are a little stunted due to lack of water, we-ve had no real good rain now since last spring, the odd day here and there but nothing to make a difference. The orchard generally is very wet during winter as it has a winter run off spring that flows from the wall. It hasnt flowed all winter. And we have no way of getting water down there easily. So we just have to take what beans we get and be glad for them.
The main house garden area will look better this summer too, over winter I just stuck in some odd cuttings around the lovely stone walls the lads built, and have noticed recently two of the climbing roses have taken plus a couple of Yuccas, and a few other bits and pieces. I just have to get my self into gear to tidy it and weed a little.
 Im gradually trying to do more around the place I am feeling a little better the last three days. I can feel a definate improvement, but apparently its going to be a long job...
I have added the link  of the house sale site to our friends list , It would be lovely if we sold it via here. I so want this place to go to someone who understands what we-ve been doing here and why...