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The Unfolding Story of a Singleton in Ferreira do Zêzere, Santarém

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Ur, What's With the Blog?

It's all For Fun & Enterainment, Plus I Hope You Enjoy Your Visit

But, Why Would I Have One?

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This site came about because of a dream. It was a dream for a simpler life in a warmer climate, surrounded by nature and not the concrete jungle I had become accustomed to. For me, after much toil and determination, the dream finally became a reality, leading to a renewed and wonderful life in Portugal.

I'm Ashley

Here is an ongoing story, shared to motivate others to fulfil their own dreams, be it to reside in Portugal or somewhere else. A life for the expatiate in this country, is one worth cherishing. It can be a difficult journey to achieve the dream, but once here, the rewards are truly tremendous to say the least.

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There is the Blog

It Gives Some History & Tells My Story

A Photo Gallery of Portugal & Beyond

Discover How This Journey All Started

Where did this blog and story really begin? As so often the case, it started with a dream, a dream of a more relaxed way of life in retirement. It started well before my anticipated retirement age. In fact, it started in about 2005. At that time, I was running a very successful business and had a partner, friend, and all one could want from life.......

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It's Always Under Development

Here are Some Recent Posts To Get Going With


New Ceiling Challenge

When I first started looking for a property in Portugal, I discovered that many had major problems with woodworm. That is, where the property was constructed extensively from wood. I will admit that initially I was looking at houses that were cheap because at that time, funds were limited. However, on my available monies increasing

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Electrician Required – Please

I needed an electrician or sparky as they are nicknamed in the UK. This you would think would be a simple task but, not so in Portugal. I had one here in Portugal a long time back to correct a problem, he did correct it but left many wires just sticking out at various points.

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Spirit Levels

Spirit levels. Those things with a little bubble centred at the mid point along a length of metal. Portugal has them, I’ve seen them in the shops but that’s about the only place I’ve seen them. I’ve not seen them used in Portugal and my house is a testament to that. If I had a

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The Honeymood Period Ended

You know when people talk about the honeymoon period. The bliss, the great happiness and total contentment. The period when you thought you’d married that most wonderful person in the world if not the whole god forsaken universe, until, you discover they came from hell if not the very centre of the earth or some

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Lichens all About Me

It informs me so I do it. I can’t help it and I do it countless times a day each and every day come rain or sun. It’s the walking around my garden, orange orchard, wooded area and the complete perimeter of my land. I find it an area so pure, relaxing and wondrous. I’m

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A Death Could Have Been Prevented

The demise of a human. It was funny so I have to tell. Because I bought a crap quality dog harness that failed to unclip after a single use, from the Chinese shop, I went to return it. Extra clean Chinese woman without the face mask takes the item from me and starts to inspect

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