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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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.

Here we go

The time has come, our house is dismantling for transport and we have really left! An intense emotional month.

Shipping containers

Filling the shipping containers with wood, machinery, building materials and mosaic tiles. Every little corner is utilized. Kind of like tetris in real life, super fun!


Website launch, an unpleasant setback, 10 beds created and a pleasant handover.