Category Archives: Village

CBBH Photo Challenge – Windows

October’s CBBH Photo Challenge already long gone, I personally believe it’s better late than never!  This is one of my lounge windows out onto the street. I think this photo speaks for itself.  (But only in Portuguese). I once overheard … Continue reading

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After The Fire

It’s over two weeks now since the fire. It’s the first time I’ve ventured out to try to see the extent of the damage, having attempted it on day three and fled back home at the disturbing sights and smells … Continue reading

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A Wake-up Call

What do you do when somebody shouts up at your bedroom window at six-thirty in the morning the word: ‘FOGO!’? … when you race out of the front gates and are faced with a wall of fire? You don’t panic, … Continue reading

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Now THAT’S a Potato Harvest!

MORNING SESSION: Antonio & Ermelinda’s Field (yield: 36 sacks of potatoes each weighing 30-40 kilos); Breakfast; Our field (yield: 18 sacks); two trips on top of trailor full of potatoes to unload as respective houses; eat, drink & be merry … Continue reading

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A Load of Cobblers

In the summer of 2011 sanitation came to the village.  Luckily, having spent a thousand euros or more and as many hours of work building a septic tank only two years before, connection wasn’t compulsory.  (Not yet anyway, they said). … Continue reading

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All The World’s A Stage

It’s baling day.  It’s hot.  It’s after lunch on a Saturday. I notice this year times have already changed and the familiar rumble-chumble of the old wooden baling contraption that’s normally hired in by the village has been superceded by … Continue reading

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