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April Update, Part 2


I forgot to tell that George (our cockerel) injured his leg by attacking Alex’s dad. Silly sod! For the last month he’s been hopping about on one leg and mostly sitting near the caravan while chickens wander around lost without their beloved leader.

He doesn’t walk them around, so they munched on all the grass near the caravan instead. The only nice thing about it? George is nice as pie to us. In the morning we call for him to hop next to the door of chicken coop so we can carry him up the steps and in the evening he is patiently waiting for us to take him back down. Poor thing!

All the trees we bought on Fundao market – pear Rocha, Conference pear and a Sharon fruit are doing really well.

This is pear rocha, further down in the field are conference pear and sharon fruit

Our blueberry bushes have the most beautiful flowers on them!


red currant

a flat bed of onions before mulching – 360 of them

Now these are our plants after the growth spurt and especially that blood red full moon. I’m sure that made everything grow even faster!

peas, mangetout and carrots

Peas in flower!

yummy coriander

the same bed as in previous post 2.5 weeks later!

Another bed which was barely visible 3 weeks before now is sporting kale, brussel sprouts, marigolds and beetroot among garlic and onions

beets are on the rise!

And look at these tomatoes and a first marigold opening!

I’ve planted borage (borago officinalis) at the bottom of my peppers as a companion plant and it’s looking very healthy.


thyme is growing between tomatoes

courgettes survived the frosts and are finally growing well

first strawberries

It’s crazy how different kale and cabbages look by the end of April!

lettuce has exploded!

so as potatoes!

We are eating our beautiful rainbow chard now!

We had a massive barbeque on the 16th of April, and our Portuguese neighbor Manuela gave us an avocado tree!

BTW, 25 people at the barbeque? Hard work! Phew… However we met so many new wonderful people from around here. I am absolutely chuffed that we are surrounded by great like-minded and good-natured folks.

One of the couples we met, Chris and Di, are building their strawbale house, so we have to visit them and see how it looks, because surely it won’t be that much different from a cob house?

Another couple, Pam & Mark just had their glamping site featured in a newspaper, so we can’t wait to see what they made on their land! Anyone fancy staying in a tipi? Here is their site Tipping Tipis!

At last, two more pics and my update for April is done.

Our rose bush started producing beautifully fragrant roses that I used in one of my perfumes last year (it came out wonderfully).

and while I was having a girls day off last Monday of April, baking a sinfully sweet Russian cake and drinking mojitos, Alex sneaked out and brought home a surprise for me…

Meet Rach & Sage!

We’ve got sheep!

They are 3 months old, both female and cost us 42.50 euros each, but Alex had to catch them himself 🙂 They are absolutely adorable and very intelligent.

This is it for April, tchau!