Our favorite festa

The Festival of Santo António takes place in Penela on the weekend closest to the 13 of June. Its our favorite festa because its small and local and […]

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local people working for you

You may be employing a local person to do some garden work or small construction jobs around the house.  I am sure that all of us know of […]

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Sao Martinho and an old woman up a tree

The day of Sao Martinho or St Martin depending upon were you come from I mentioned to a Portuguese friend that everywhere there was people harvesting olives. Even […]

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Life in rural Portugal

We are often shown around old houses in rural Portugal with a view to either working on them or carrying out a structural appraisal. During a visit to […]

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Damp rooms in Portugal

Damp rooms in Portugal  If you have bought or are about to buy a home in Portugal you will have no doubt noticed a stale, damp smell in […]

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Planning Problems

Don’t cause yourself complicated and expensive planning problems. Recently I have been contacted by a few people who have cut some corners – usually to save money or […]

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25 years in Portugal

On a recent business trip to Visao in the north east of Portugal I was accompanied by my son who took with him a guide book from the […]

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Halloween or the first of November which do you celebrate ?

Halloween or the first of November ? Halloween is becoming massive all over the world. The Americans probably spend the most money, time and energy celebrating this peculiar […]

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Cracks Damp Woodworm

Cracks Damp Woodworm may be enough to stop you buying a property because of the cost of the remedial work. Here in Portugal if you are looking at […]

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Penelas claim to fame

SUECA  is a very popular card game throughout the Portuguese world. Here in sleepy Penela, central Portugal its one of the little towns recent claims to fame. Penela […]

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