Although I'm stuck at home with work and deadlines, I spend a lot of my time thinking about our house. Here's some stuff I've learned since I last blogged:
1. Old shoes are considered excellent landfill in Portugal. Although I'm not up at the house much (just the odd Saturday if I'm honest), when I do rock up for some heavy lifting or light shovelling, I never fail to be astonished by the volume of old shoes we're digging up. Nice.
2. Natural swimming ponds are the best thing ever and I'm determined to have one. You can see some examples (some nice, some nasty) here. I've even got a location for my pond picked out. But not the funds. Yet.
3. If an estate agent tells you that the house you're buying is in a village with mains sewerage (unusual in this part of Portugal), you might also want to check that a sewage farm has also been built. If said sewage farm won't be completed for at least another year, you're going to have to install a septic tank for the interim. Enough said.
4. Allotment.org.uk: the design may not be up to much, but the content's great! I don't suppose the site's owners' would thank me for that endorsement, but seriously, I could spend hours on this site, and do. It's got chickens. It's got soup recipes. It's got shopping. What's not to love?
You can see more pictures of our renovation project as it unfolds here. After long laying dormant, the Flickr account should be updated more often now. Probably.