Posts Tagged ‘Benfeita’

Illegal property scams in Portugal

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Benfeita and its surrounding villages have become very popular in the last 3 years among foreigners, especially English-speaking foreigners, and many people have moved into the area, many to follow lifestyles similar to ours, so this is a warning if you’re one of those looking into moving here.

Benfeita, Pardieiros and Monte Frio, Serra do Açor, Portugal


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.


Mega arroz doce

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

We’re back! And just in time for Benfeita Quiosque’s practice run at next year’s attempt at the world’s largest rice pudding for the Guinness Book of Records. A 3m x 1m giant pan with integral gas burners was delivered the day after we arrived, and on Sunday 13th September, the whole village turned out for the pudding-making.

The pudding-making underway

The pudding making underway. JCB standing by to lift the lid back on.


How we got here

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

The older I’ve got and the more I’ve observed of nature and how humans play their part in it, the more disgusted I’ve become with so much blind stupidity and greed, and the arrogance, hubris and species chauvanism that supports it. But disgust has little to offer (apart from being an incentive to change), and to stay in that state is to continue to be part of the problem, not the solution.

For at least the last two years, this vision of us designing and building our own autonomous house and growing our own food has felt so electric, so imminent, it’s been like living with a massive thundercloud hovering in the air above us, only waiting for a lightning bolt to bring it all down to earth. I looked around for possibilities locally in Scotland, then widened my search to the rest of the UK, then France, Spain, Bulgaria, Dominica, Oregon, British Columbia, New Zealand … but for one reason or another, none of these places seemed either ‘right’ or possible. Portugal didn’t even appear on the radar. Yet the feeling that sooner or later we were going to get zapped just got stronger and stronger.