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,

Friday 15 June 2012

Mara's Cottage Rentals and other stuff

Although the house is sold life here will carry on untill almost Christmas, so we are still open for cottage rentals, as much as possible as we still have to live untill the sale goes through!
We still have a huge crop of potatoes to harvest in a few weeks time, we have cabbages to eat now, and I may well plant a few more too, the beans rick planted while I was away are going great guns and we will eat a few green but leave a lot to dry as we plan on squeezing in the maximum food possible to take with us in the motorhome so we can eat well on our own veggies during the winter in Spain, it will keep our costs down too.
We have now around 45 tomato plants ... I had grown some rick planted during the rainy season we had, which we thought were not doing well due to the colder wet spring, so I quickly germinated a lot more... now the new ones are great and the first batch are even bigger... I will sundry as many as I can, plus make as much tomato puree as I think we can carry... and just eat pasta all winter...
We've eaten our fresh peas and had them every day to avoid freezing them, plus we are still having broad beans most days in some way too...
I have three good rows of baby parsnips coming up too, which we will hopefully get to eat some at least, but the rest will stay in the ground for our new owners to finish.
The peppers just didnt make it... and obviously now we wont replant, the aubergines are picking up slowly so we will get some, but as I cant take my freezer there is no point in producing tons anyway.
The corn is pretty meagre too... So I am slowly building up my stocks of dry goods, flour, oats,  dried beans, lentils, pasta rice, sugar, herbal tea, coffee etc stuff we can take with us for winter.

We wont be taking much with us, as when we came here we just brought basic cooking utensils /bedding/ and tools and our precious things, we will be traveling until we find the right area for us so some will be stored with a friend but most of our stuff will be sold off or given away...
Luckily Im not materialistic...
We will have our girls (the dogs) each other and a new life to look forward to.