Enjoy winter time in the south.
Empty beaches for long walks surfing or even swimming.
A lot of space and sunshine.
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The double and the 4 bed room got now a private sitting space outside.
Sam, the travelling handyman built the pergola and put a transparent roof on top and I found 2 tables I liked on a car boot sale. Then the search for chairs started. At the end I found mosaic chairs which I liked a lot in the internet.
The flower pot in the middle will get a climber and make a partition and the sides will also get flower pots with maracuja plants in, which will also climb, make beautiful flowers and nice fruits.
The 2 outside poles will be the support for wine to climb up to the roof and give shade in summer and let the afternoon sun warm the rooms in winter.
This is the sitting space in front of the double room
And here you can enjoy the afternoon sun if you booked a bed in the 4 bed room " Water"
Did you know, that you can book this room also as a twin room or as a family room for 3 or 4?
Once the plants are in and the weather improved......it is raining since 2 1/2 weeks, but I won't complain, we need the water so urgently......I will make new photos.
But meanwhile you can imagine yourself already sitting in the evening sun with a glass of wine or a cool beer, enjoying yourself.
And what is best: if there will be north wind, which is a cold wind, the house will shelter you from the it and you can still enjoy sitting outside without getting too chilly .
I hope that all of you had a wonderful Christmas.
Just being back from Germany, we had marvellous silent Christmas days
with a beautiful Christmas table
in front of the fire place
great beach walks
and a lot of relaxation
I wish you all a joyous, healthy, prosperous, successful
Finally the work on the grounds, which are attaching to the garden, went on.
I cleared a lot of the logs away, which were buried there and stored the ones, which can be still used as firewood, in the newly built wood shed.
There is plenty of wood rotting in the earth, unfortunately all of it was somehow wrapped in a big plastic sheet, which is now after years falling apart and sticking in bits and pieces everywhere in the ground. Just completely horrible.
John made a bonfire and finally burned all the garden stuff I had piled up in the last 3 months cleaning up the property.
We were very aware of the possibility of the fire creeping into the dry grass and scrubs and had buckets of water and a batter ready.
I also had cut the grass very short in a circle around the fireplace
After being requested often, Quintinha Mojud is now getting a small outside kitchen, which will give all my guests the possibility of using a fridge and a small gas burner on the covered terrace and cook their own meals and store their food.
Virgilio doing a great job
making it all rain- and wind proved
it´s looking great
Last week we made a trip to Almograve.
I would like to share some fotos with you as is really lovely over there.
Almograve is situated between Odemira and Vila Nova de Milfontes in the southern Alentejo
The beach of Almograve
The coastline is just fantastic
Sandstone formations.....plants are finding a grip just everywhere
Almograve has a little natural harbour. We discovered it by coincidence, following a dirt track along the cliffs.
When we already wanted to turn around, being afraid, that we would not be able to do it later on as the road was narrowing, we came to a point we could park the car and continued walking. After the next bent, the harbour was lying.
For all of you being interested in walking and hiking:
now it´s the time to do it.
From March to May, it isn´t yet too hot, still the weather can be sunny and warm and all is green and lush from the winter.
The dunes start flowering, the sun has already some strength
and the Costa Vicentina is one of the most unspoiled costal regions in Europe
But also the south coast has a lot of treasures.
I did a hike near Armação de Pera last week with a friend.
Behind the dunes of the beach east of Armação we came across trees I´ve never seen before and still don´t know how they are called. They didn´t have leaves nor needles, just a kind of green twig and they were flowering in an abundace, it was just absolutely stunning. And the scent!....
Also around the house there are such wunderful walks
The neighborhood at sunset
It was raining quite a bit in the last days.... stormy, too.
The water together with the sunny days we had before gave a real boost to nature.
My fruit trees, pampered with some manure last autumn, start to push some green or already flower.
Funny enough, of some I don´t even know what kind of tree they are. It will be one of my surprises to see, what kind of fruit they make :-)
Even the poor little lemon tree , which struggled so badly, starts to do better and makes a little bud.
And the orange and the manderine trees, I planted new last October start growing
Spring is not on its way, it has arrived already........
The next days should be sunny with temperatures way over 20 degree Celsius
Let´s get the shorts and T-shirts out...........
sometimes we take a day off and go for a nice day at the sea.
10 days ago, we have been on a long walk from Praia do Vau to Alvor and back.
One of my favourite south coast walks.
Here some impressions:
Giacomo (my dog) enjoyed it too
Stunning rock formations
All in all a beautiful day
Olga came volunteering to help getting the house and gardens ready.
She is travelling and working some hours a day for food and accommodation so she can experience different places and make new experiences.
We are having a good time together.
We were sanding and varnishing the terrace doors. The paint was very old and came off on many places and with the varnish they look good again and the wood is protected.
Sanding off the paint was a lot of work though and took us days just for the 3 doors at the side of the house.
Melina the cat supervised the work
....while Olga was cleaning an overgrown cactus garden
And because cleaned up and with some gravel the cactus garden looked so nice, we created even one more
Meanwhile Momo made the poster girl