Thursday, 31 December 2009

Endings and new beginnings

Its new years eve and we have decided to stay in side tonight watching tv..not very exciting but the alternatives just did not appeal to us.We have had a very quite Christmas ,ate some good food ,treated out livers in a slightly disrespectful way and finally tomorrow its all over .But really our hearts and minds are elsewhere .
We are trying to get everything (solicitors /vendors/paperwork etc)all sorted so we can fly out and do all the necessary deeds but its slow going trying to get the solicitor to pull her finger out..she is good but sometimes I get a bit frustrated and have to remind myself that things do just go a bit slower in Portugal.Its our aim to have fully left the UK by end of Jan at the latest  but we are completely disorganised in this regard.

When we arrive we are facing a lot of work and its a little daunting.It already looks better than in the above picture..honest..We are  aiming  to have the building developed enough so that there are at least 2 small secure bedrooms within 3 months and a kitchen /family room.basic but secure.From early spring we need to do some very serious labour on the land so that its producing food for us by early summer.Cash flow will be a major headache so creating a healthy veg field is essential in order to eat!

It will be good to  leave this country once and for all even if it looks pretty in the snow!


  1. Woah, its great to find someone in the process of doing what we're dreaming of. I'm from Portugal but been living in the UK for 11 years (don't ask) and now my dream is to go back and live as sustainably as possible following permaculture principles. Being a website programmer, my job is also internet based so I hope that I can work online a few days a week like you.

    I'd love to hear more about the whole legal process you went through and any advice of pitfalls to avoid.

    I admire you guys for being so brave & adventurous. And I hope the transition goes as smoothly as possible. Who knows we'll meet someday :)


  2. Thanks for the comment Antonio...I will be adding more as we learn!