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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?

He's Off Again

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


A Train Wreck of Borehole Water Supply

A previous train wreck of a job has been rectified and done to a far superior standard than the original. I can’t understand why anyone will undertake a job and do so without forethought. I can appreciate that over time, physical conditions and works will deteriorate, but it was obvious, that the original job was

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Take My Hand and Guide Me Susana

It is that time of year when some of us make new year resolutions. For me, I make the same old month in and month out, not to mention, week in and week out. The truth of the matter is, I’ve been slipping into the easy route of failing to keep to the self promise.

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How to Connect Plastic Pipe to Metal Pipe

Being an idiot is not the same as being a person without understanding, and I’m the latter in the case of Portuguese methodology. This is especially so, when it comes to their plumbing and domestic electrical systems. Suffering from leaky pipes here and examining what I consider a real mishmash of hogwash connections, consisting of

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The Joys of Free Flowing Running Water

I’m very fortunate in that I have two water supplies. One is via a borehole and the other is a mains supply. I think I’m lucky because in some parts of the world, people have to travel a considerable distance with buckets to collect water of so-so quality. Considering myself fortunate in this respect is

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More Efficient Heating

A switch and soldering iron along with lead can keep you warm is the story of this long overdue blog post. It has been some time since my last post as even, being a retired person, I seem to have had little time to write anything. There have been water leaks here, there and everywhere

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Painting the House

Portugal is in a different time zone to everywhere else in the world. Time and date appear to mean nothing here. In August I had a couple of painters and decorators over to give me an indication as to the cost of an exterior revamp of my property. I have to say, I was a

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