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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

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No Smog or Pollution Here

No Smog or Pollution here only the scents of nature. Where I lived in the UK, was considered a village. There was a population of near on twelve thousand. It seemed like a village when I first moved to the area, and the numbers were far smaller. I’d moved from a much more crowded area.

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A Delivery From Spain to Portugal

It has taken so long for me to be repatriated with all my personal belongings. Perhaps the word repatriated is the incorrect term, but it’s the one used in this instance anyway. Four years ago to the month, I had all my belongings shipped to Spain from the UK. Spain was a matter of convenience

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Home Heating by Solzaima

Last year being my first full winter in Portugal at the place where I now live, I came to understand that as many will say, Portugal can be very cold in the winter. Well that was true, but the other side of the coin is that the winter is far shorter than in the UK.

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Generosity Beats Me

How do the Portuguese think? It beats me, it truly does. Next, will not be a big deal to some and I’ll say the following. Before I came to Portugal, I read about the generosity shown towards and between neighbours. The fact that they, the Portuguese were happy to share their crops with each other

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The Garage Door is Repaired

My garage door has been a problem from start to finish. I attempted to rid the old paint and rust and eventually gave up the ghost. The facing panels were too far gone to achieve a quality finish. As such, I decided to replace the steel sheet panels. I ordered them only to find that

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Back and to, back and to the Truck Goes

I’m not very happy this morning as from my living room I see a big logging truck going back and to, back and to along the front of my property. What was the driver trying to do? I investigated and it seemed he was trying to reverse his long vehicle around the bend into a

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