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 …

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 …

Greenhouse Construction

This is the result of a recent project – building a galvanised steel and polycarbonate sheet greenhouse. Originally intended for a xmas present for ‘Her Outdoors’ it took much longer to build than expected, mainly due to an injury sustained while playing walking football. Dangerous game! Ask a question or …

High Flying Views

We’ve had the pleasure of a visit from Glenn, son of Sundance for a few days, complete with his new DJI Mavic quadcopter. Good flying conditions in the UK are a rare occasion, particularly in the winter months, but here in Portugal we are much more fortunate. The week provided …

Hot Composting

We’ve tried a number of times to make our own compost. Unfortunately the usual method of dumping all the garden waste, fruit and vegetable peelings into a pile and waiting is not very effective in the Portuguese climate. Even when Her Outdoors had me peeing on it every morning (urine …