Stories

Every last Sunday of the month we take you through a story with the developments and adventures on and around Vale da Alegria. 
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Goodbye

On 50 years of Portuguese revolution and goodbyes. 

Wild water swimming

About how our river suddenly turned into a wild water raft.

Bread

Learning to bake bread from a real baker and eat from our first harvest. 

An accident

And then something terrible happened that turned everything upside down for a while.

Summer Christmas

The last blog of this intense year. About a summer Christmas, our new kitten and Wim back from the Netherlands.

Inhaling and exhaling

A month full of many helping hands, happy moments and bounce back.

Autumn or spring?

A fast-flowing river and helping hands from work-a-wayers.

From empty and quiet, to full and busy

About the quiet artistic weeks after the fire and an intense but fulfilled visit to the Netherlands.

you can always sleep later

The huge forest fire across our property, a physical, mental and emotional experience. Here the story with fragments of text from my diary.

dream desire

About water and puzzling with T and Ys, about discoveries in our own field and my dream wish coming true.

She stands and shines

It was a challenge but she stands, our beautiful house in a dream spot.

Energy from the sun

This month, lots of energy from a fantastic volunteer group, and direct energy from our self-built solar installation.