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… […]

Europe

Before you escape to the continent

August 13, 2018 Jack 0

From internet speeds to where to buy cream for mossie bites, these are some of the important aspects of living abroad we’d want to know the answers to about any potential destination. […]

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; […]

Alentejo

The marvel that is Marvao

October 15, 2017 Jack 0

Marvao, considered one of Portugal’s prettiest towns, lay virtually on our doorstep, around 10km and a 15 minute drive away. Yet after four weeks of living with it as a neighbour we knew we really ought to visit, we hadn’t done so. […]

Portagem, Marvao, Portugal
Alentejo

A Serendipitous Arrival into Galegos

July 24, 2017 Andy 0

“Excuse me, can you tell me where we can get petrol please?”
“Espanha”.
It’s almost 4pm on a Saturday, we were supposed to be in Galegos an hour ago; we have no petrol, no idea where we are, and the nearest gas station is in Spain… […]