What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a sustainable design system that provides for human needs while having positive effects on the surrounding environment.

It is based on the ethics of earth care, people care and fair share, and provides practical solutions to the global crises we are currently facing.

Permaculture is for EVERYONE, regardless of their education, background, or previous experience.

Permaculture is NOT just about trees, or just about gardening! You don't need loads of land to practice it and it's a design method that can be applied to all social systems.

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Reasons to be cheerful: Spring Flowers

It seems incredible that my last post was about the snow! Beautiful spring flowers have popped up virtually overnight.

Jonquils are a lovely part of the roadside scenery between Aradas and Unhais o Velho.

 

Crocus popping up through the luxuriant chickweed in the […]

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Snow Scene

 

I knew I should have taken the washing off the line!

We’re at around 800m so get snow perhaps once or twice a year. This fall got heavier in the evening, but just lasted 24 hours.

 

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Seasonal decor?

Seasonal decor, Casalinho style. Home made chorizo and morcela dry curing above the stove.

It’s been a busy few weeks, with the killing and processing of our first home grown pig and the completion of the olive harvest keeping us busy. More on what we’ve been up to in due course, but in […]

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Reasons to be Cheerful: December Sunset

Who needs TV when nature offers so much to watch? These December sunsets all captured inside 20 minutes, looking towards Aradas and Unhais o Velho.

 

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Rain forecast

Rain forecast, although you wouldn’t imagine it with that blue, blue sky. Harvesting the dried sunflower heads today for animal feed. I so love this multi headed variety.

 

 

 

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Scout Camp 2016 – Community Help in Malhada do Rei

On at least one day during our annual Scout camp visit, we like to direct all that energy into helping out our local community. This year the Scouts did a marvellous job of brightening up the bar and bathrooms at one of our local river beaches in Malhada do Rei with a fresh new […]

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Reasons to be Cheerful: After the Rain

After the rain comes the most marvelous rainbow. Proof that the sun must be up there somewhere!

We’re still hunting for the pot of gold

 

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Revista Ancestral

If you read Portuguese (or even if you can just use translation software!!), take a look at this new project from our friends Filipa and Pedro.

Editora Ancestral is a small Portuguese project with the mission of publishing both books and a quarterly magazine – Revista Ancestral – focused on the recovery of […]

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April Foraging Challenge

Springtime is absolutely my favourite time of year for foraging so I set myself the mini-challenge of cooking with as many foraged foods as possible during April. The majority of items in this album were fresh, but as I preserve a great deal in the plentiful months I have used some stored foraged foods […]

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Stumpy is Not a Clever Dog

This is Stumpy. Stumpy is not a clever dog. Stumpy thinks he is a goat and copies everything the goats do, to the extent of getting his head stuck in the goat shed fence *even though he has no horns*!!!

 

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