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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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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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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Scout Camp 2016 – New Parking Space & Learning to Render

We’ve enjoyed hosting a Belgian Scout Group for their annual camp. As one of their activities they’ve built a brilliant new parking area here, already in use as we now have a PDC group on site. Jeroen has also been teaching the Scouts how to render, and they’ve been practicing on one of the […]

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Crayfish

Found this chap, a crayfish, and a couple of his mates, in the river. We’re so fortunate to have abundant clean water to support such a diversity of life here.

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Plunge Pool

 

No longer any need to walk far in the heat. Today’s reason to be cheerful is that our very own plunge pool is full again for the summer. We’ve a Scout group from Belgium due to join us shortly, followed by a couple of Permaculture Design Courses.

 

 

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