Europe

An average day in the life at our Portuguese quinta

August 22, 2018 Jack 0

Coffee and a bowl of fruit (bananas from Madeira, mango and pineapple from former Portuguese colonies, local cherries which are just at the end of their season) are eaten on the back terrace in the company of two black cats who look as sleepy as we do… […]

Alentejo

Land of discoveries, Evora in Portugal

August 20, 2018 Jack 0

I’m currently engrossed in ‘Conquerors – How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire’. It is an enthralling account of Portugal’s thirst for discovery, and riches. As the pages turn I jump between open-mouthed admiration of […]

Vineyards
Europe

Six Setúbal Surprises

July 10, 2018 Andy 0

Economically and gastronomically upwardly mobile, the city of Setúbal, south of Lisbon, has more secrets than the average espionage agent; these are just six of them… […]

Europe

Turning Left, A Walk In Palmela, Portugal

June 11, 2018 Andy 0

For months we’ve lived at the end of a dirt track, in this lovely quinta with its enormous iron gates, always turning right beyond them, back along the dusty, rutted track to reach the road. Today we turn left, and I think of Jean Ainslie… […]

Alentejo

The remote lonesome beauty of living in Alentejo

May 15, 2018 Jack 2

The clanging of bells as goats made their way to their daytime pasture was our alarm call in the morning; a mixed chorus of song from golden orioles, bee-eaters and azure-winged magpies serenaded us over breakfast under a grape covered arbour; […]