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An eventful start to 2012

by January 14, 2012 » Add the first comment.
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A lot has happened since a very pleasant Christmas spent with Hugh & Jane in Parada da Gonta. The weather although cold at night has in the main been sunny and warm during the day. I have been out in the garden pruning trees, and one day I heard Emilia Read more »

Harvesting olives, bottling wine

by December 5, 2011 » Add the first comment.

Winter is here again.  Today is overcast, misty,drizzly, and cold!  However to date although we have had some very wet days during November, the weather has also been sunny and warm for some of the time. We have been doing some work in the garden, visiting friends and generally enjoying Read more »


by October 23, 2011 » Add the first comment.
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The weather has continued warm and dry to this point, although we are expecting a few days of rain starting tomorrow. At least I will be able to stop watering the garden. We have had a steady stream of visitors through September and into October, the last two weeks have Read more »

Wine bottling

by September 10, 2011 » Add the first comment.
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A steady stream of guests, and largely good weather. However last week-end was wet, and today is cool and cloudy, not normal! We helped our friends bottle 2500 bottles of wine, and visited Belmonte. There was a castle and some museums, the town contains the largest Jewish settlement in Portugal. Read more »

The sights of Viseu

by August 20, 2011 » Add the first comment.
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We have had my brother and his family staying for nine days, during that time we visited a number of different places,  and had loads of pool time. We spend a day seeing the sites in Viseu, a morning at the market, and an evening at the 40 day fair. Read more »

Guests begin to stay

by June 21, 2011 » Add the first comment.

We have started to have guests staying, and were very pleased to receive the following: ‘Thlop’ fell the orange on the chicken’s head. ‘Clat’ dropped the walnut by the poolside. Gorse smelling as coconut. Fresh lemons and faded jasmine in the air. Our May holiday at Quinta Sao Domingos Read more »

Awaiting first guests

by May 10, 2011 » Add the first comment.
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The weather has been a little cool for the last few days but very pleasant. Today the sun is out and it is already getting warm, and the forecast is in the high 20’sC. We are eagerly awaiting our first guests this year who arrive on the 19th May. From Read more »

Incubating chickens

by April 23, 2011 » Add the first comment.
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Do please check out our holiday apartments. April has been a month of two halves as far as the weather is concerned. The first half of the month was hot and sunny, but the last few days have been cool and very wet. There’s no doubt we needed the rain, Read more »