River of flowers

Walking our dog in the Rabacal valley at the weekend and as we were having the first hot day of the year we decided to give the dog […]

Read More…

Palm Trees

Palm trees are one of the things that I like about Portugal the other is cicadas To hear that unmistakeable sound go to http://www.cicadamania.com/audio/    it will make you […]

Read More…

The ideal Christmas present for your home and family

As I am typing this it is December in Portugal and cold so cold in fact that my finger ends are numb.       I must be […]

Read More…

An old Portuguese cottage

I came across this old cottage on the edge of a village near Ansião in central Portugal. The owners obviously like flowers and don’t suffer from plant related […]

Read More…

Inspiration

Inspiration It’s a little strange being a builder. You get to enjoy building all these nice homes and garden features that are usually the ideas or personal taste […]

Read More…

Get ready for spring with a garden Pergola

Pergola We are asked to build a lot of pergolas, sunshades, barbeque areas and outside kitchens. The main rush starts around now with people getting ready for spring […]

Read More…

mimosa

Headed out for work this morning and it was 8 degrees Centigrade with bright sunshine. After 60 consecutive days of rain it was nice to experience a beautiful […]

Read More…

Winter work that can't be delayed

Early January 2014, The land around Penela is waterlogged and the vines are dormant. I was having a conversation with a friend about the quality of last year’s […]

Read More…

In times of austerity a "Quintal" could be the answer

Over the years I have met many, many Portuguese people. Rich or poor they all have a something in common. They all cling onto a Quintal or a […]

Read More…

Garden Sun Shades

It feels a little strange talking about garden sun shades in November but I have only just got around to it. Garden sun shades are one of the […]

Read More…