I discovered this wonderful unspoilt area of Central Portugal completely by accident when on holiday from Lanzarote back in 2006 . I was working in the tourist industry, surrounded by big hotels , Irish bars and places serving a Full English breakfast. When it was time for my holidays I wanted to get away from all that . I wanted to experience traditional foods, to recharge my batteries in a warm relaxed place, surrounded by nature. I wanted a get away from mass tourism.
This area in the Beiras had everything I needed . Beautiful scenery; rivers,streams, wild flowers, forests and quaint villages. The people were friendly and helpful . The weather was warm and sunny ( a lot of the time), and it felt like a place that time had forgotten . All these things meant that within hours I was feeling relaxed, and all my cares had disappeared.
I fell in love with the area so much, that after a second visit I bought myself a tiny property (without electricity or water )and myself and my partner would visit for house renovation holidays whenever we could.
In 2011 I decided to leave Lanzarote and moved to the area permanently. Since being here I have been trying to get to grips with the language, and work out a way to make a living here. Working in tourism is not an option, so I am trying to find other ways to survive. I have always loved art and crafts , and so I am trying to find a way to turn my love into my living.
I will be sharing with you what I get up to with my arts and crafts, places I discover, and an insight into my daily life as a 50 something English woman living in a village with 9 Portuguese peoples AND 20 goats.