Archive for the ‘WWOOFers’ Category

Simeon’s steps

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

The terraces on this quinta are well connected by sloping ramps and dozens of schist stone staircases, but the route we use most frequently between yurt and car has, until now, involved a scramble up a slope using damson trees as handrails. It’s not that we’re deliberately perverse; it’s the quickest and most direct route and half of the slope is already staired with a good set of steps. Quite why the steps run out half way I have no idea, but completing them has been on the job list for a good while.


Dinner time

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

We have been living on the quinta now for over a year with a severe lack of convivial eating furniture. Last year a slightly decrepit foldaway camping table and some slightly decrepit foldaway chairs did the job, but barely. 6 people to a meal meant there was only enough room on the table for the food. Plates on knees didn’t make for easy enjoyment of the fruits of our labour in the garden, and neither did the occasional chair collapse, so a workshop on lashings at Easter weekend’s Encontro Verde provided both inspiration and skills to remedy the situation.

A few days ago I went up into the woods to cut pine poles for the purpose with Valeri, our new WWOOFer, and today we started work.

Lashing poles to make tripods

Lashing 3 long poles together to make a tripod. The middle pole lies in the opposite direction to the outside pair.


New WWOOFers …

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Eldest daughter Ema and partner Chris hard at work. This is what we like to see!!

Ema and Chris working in the vegetable garden

Oonagh misses Pepe

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Oonagh and Pepe

Oonagh and Pepe on the quinta

Thank you!

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

We said goodbye today to our first WWOOFers, Helen and Pepe, as they’re heading back to Scotland (coincidently).

Helen, our WWOOFer


Welcome to our first WWOOFers

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Thanks to Matt and Kirsten over at Quinta das Abelhas lending us their beautiful Dodge truck conversion when our prospective caravan fell through, we’ve been able to welcome our first WWOOFers to the quinta. Helen and Pepe joined us 5 days ago from a long stay at Quinta das Abelhas and have already made a huge difference to the amount of work we’ve been able to get done.

The Dodge

The Dodge