Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

Benfeita Wholefood Coop

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Benfeita Wholefood Coop

A few of us in Benfeita have got together to form a wholefood coop. Anyone within what you regard as a reasonable distance of Benfeita (where the orders will be delivered) is welcome to join.


Why Julian Assange is so important

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Political comment isn’t usually found on this blog. But some things are just too pivotal to pass over. ‘Cablegate’ in conceptual terms mirrors the practical processes necessary to ensure survival in the increasing likelihood of food crises and civil unrest as the inevitable train wreck that is the western economic model ploughs into the buffers of unsustainability at the end of the line. It’s time to wake up, think for ourselves and stop waiting around in expectation that the ‘right’ solution will come twinkling down like fairy dust from somewhere higher up the pecking order.


Oops … we did it again

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

The cats are probably never going to forgive us. But they might eventually appreciate that, despite the incredible commotion, two dogs in a playful mood will play with each other, whereas one on its own will pick the nearest available cat.

Puppies playing


Friends … almost …

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Nelly and the cats have been having their moments, but it looks like we might be moving from outright hostility towards gradual tolerance …

Nelly and Pooli getting closer


Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

The latest member of the clan. This is Nelly and she’s Ooni’s. So far the cats have been nowhere near as hostile as we thought they might … which might have something to do with the fact that she’s smaller than them. Or that she really likes cats. Either way, so far, so good.

Newest member of the family: Nelly

Quinta Life 4 Kids

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Okay, well I wanted to try this out. It’s my new blog for kids to check out. Basically just trying to solve ‘quinta angst’ and hopefully give you all a new way of looking at things when you move to Portugal…

Have a look?! Quinta Life 4 Kids, by Oonagh


The final move!

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

We’ve just returned from a brief and FINAL trip to Scotland to pack up the remainder of our belongings and collect the rest of the family. So this is it! We’re finally here! It feels good. Long overdue, in fact. Now to the serious work of creating the infrastructure to support our life here …

The cats in their new home

The cats survey their new domain. They’re loving it, though are still wearing their Scottish winter coats so we’re anticipating a fur carpet in the yurt before too long …

Thumb’s up

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

As friends on Facebook have already found out, I managed to mistake my left thumb for a piece of pine while chopping firewood a couple of weeks ago. Quite a silly mistake really (and not one I should have made after about 20 years of wood-chopping experience) but these things happen when the brain is idling out of gear. Still don’t know yet how I managed to do it, but somehow I managed to split it longitudinally in two. Right through the nail, the bone, and out the other side.


Solar powered

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Well at least in the virtual world …

My web hosting for this site expired today so I’ve been completing the migration to the new servers which are 100% solar-powered – for real, not through accounting convention – via Solar Host. Hopefully all should function as intended, but please let me know if you encounter any glitches and/or weirdnesses.

See my earlier post on this for more details. Right now, the sun’s shining in an almost clear blue sky so I’m off to Benfeita to install the stove.

Extraordinary farewell for an extraordinary boy

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Yesterday we said goodbye to Aonghas in celebration rather than mourning. I don’t think it’s likely to be a day any of us will forget in a hurry.

We woke to heavy rain which started the previous evening just as his father Alex and I met to prepare the village hall we were using for his party. A good friend emailed first thing to say “Image of flow related to this day. Flow of water, flow of energy, flow of love. Flow.” I was hoping he’d be right in one respect since I still hadn’t got much idea of what I was going to say at the funeral, which we were doing ourselves, but was also watching the amount of water coming out of the sky. We live near the river Tweed and it was very possible that Drumelzier, the village where the party was to be, could be cut off from one end making it hard for people to get there, not to mention the possibility of the river ending up ten feet (or closer) from our front door which it’s done on four occasions in the last 5 years.