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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Land Clearance

Land clearance is the project of the moment, with the deadline for clearing land next to the road fast approaching.

Today’s area to tidy up – the hugel edge next to the road We’d allowed these pines to grow as a privacy screen, but most need to go.

Many of the trees are […]

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With thanks

With huge thanks to the generous hearted person who anonymously gifted us food for the dogs and cats. We (and they) are so grateful.

Com enorme agradecimento à pessoa de coração generoso que anonimamente nos doou comida para cães e gatos. Nós (e eles) estamos tão agradecidos.

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Collaboration!

Taking advantage of a rainy day to plan 2018’s Permaculture Design Courses here at Casalinho. We’re excited to be working with Social Landscapes this year to present two courses certified by the UK Permaculture Association.

Watch this space, dates and details shortly!

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Busy Day

Busy day, and soon a freezer full of meat. So many thanks to friends who helped.

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Officially summer!

With the help of fab volunteers Maria, Madalena and João, the Casalinho natural bathing pool is now full and ready to receive hot and grateful visitors.

First clearing the winter’s growth of vegetation and the ever present brambles.

Working by the dam to clear rocks washed into the gate over winter and ensuring it’s […]

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Nice Spot for a Teabreak

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Windy morning

Drifts of broom blossom on the roads

Driving home from Pampilhosa this morning I needed the wipers to sweep the rain of yellow petals away. I’ll pickle some flowers in the next days if I get a chance.

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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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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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