DEALING WITH DEATH AND DEPRESSION WITH Quinta Funky Chicken HENNY 2

Since the death of her friend Henny 1, Henry 2 seems to have lost her ‘mojo’ . Apparently, this is not unusual for chickens, who have their own ways of dealing with loss, just as we humans do. Signs include being inactive, hiding, not eating or scratching in the dirt …

SUSTAINABLE, ‘ECO’ FRIENDLY LIVING, WITH BADLY BEHAVED GUESTS?

We’ve got some new guests with us at the moment. They were invited on the basis that they would contribute to the Quinta, either by providing food or by working on the land. We spent a considerable time preparing the accommodation for their arrival, which also involved some expense, which …

RIPPING YARNS OF PUBLIC & Consumer Service PORTUGUESE Style

In our early days in the Algarve, along with friends, we visited the Piri Piri*, a typically Portuguese restaurant in Quarteira. We mistakenly thought it was a comedy club cum restaurant, firstly by the words over the door, mentioning ‘comida tradicional’** and then by the laughable service from the waiters. …

Splendour, spikes surprises & sundance

“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.“ Random, irrelevant quote from Aldous Huxley, who was possibly high at the time, due to LSD. Read on for evidence… What a lovely surprise I got the other day. Well, two surprises actually. Firstly, while out doing some early morning perusing in the garden, I was delighted to discover that one of my Cactii. what I believe is a Echinopsis Spachianus (otherwise known as a Golden Torch Cactus), was in …

MONSARAZ

Monsaraz isa hill top village, some 200km east of Lisbon, near the border with Spain. We visited on our way back from the UK in our campervan. Monsaraz is a delightful place which attracts many tourists. Monsaraz is just 150km away from Merida in Spain, the largest Roman settlement on …