Archive for March, 2009

Our virtual escritura

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

I guess for anyone well accustomed to video conferencing this sort of thing is a yawn, but for us, and probably a fair proportion of those present, completing the purchase of a property via the internet is an odd sort of event. To be simultaneously ‘present’ in two places over 1,000 miles apart was a bizarre experience.



Thursday, March 19th, 2009

I just read about Pete and Cynthia Bampton’s new RAM pump which they’ve installed over at Quinta da Mizarela to bring water from their stream up to the houses and terraces. I can’t wait to get back to Benfeita to see this in operation for myself, but meanwhile it’s given me lots of food for thought.


Regrowing the rainforest

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

I subscribe to TED Talks and just received their latest selection of video links. Biologist Willie Smits started off with the goal of trying to save the orangutans of Borneo, but along the way he has succeeded in creating a viable recipe for regrowing the rainforest, turning around the lives of the local population, and even changing the local climate. The orangutans are doing fine too.

Though he doesn’t mention the word ‘permaculture’, he’s achieved this by applying permaculture principles. This is a really inspiring talk.

In waiting

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

A wait can be a bit of a weight at times if you let it. But we’re just going with the flow of things. Less stress all round that way. Right now we’re in Scotland (with snow on the ground) and here until the end of May at least, so our plans have had to be put back a bit.