Arrifana Dreaming

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Arrifana Dreaming
The Vale da Telha are a relatively unknown but beautiful corner of the Algarve. We bought a dream house there to rent out for now and retire to later. This is the unfolding story of that journey.
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  • Salad Days in November 1 week ago Nov 2017 contd - On Monday morning I had an invite to the home of a fellow gardener locally and we were joined by another new arrival in the Vale da Telha. I had a lovely couple of hours chatting over coffee, inspecting plants and raised beds and I asked lots of questions about gardening in the...
  • Winter Sunshine... 2 weeks ago Nov 2017 – It was just six weeks after our September visit that we arrived back again. There had been Big Changes since our last visit as Gerard had begun a period of extended sick leave from his job due his declining health. This was not unexpected, but it marked another step towards our new...
  • Moving towards the Big Move... 2 weeks ago Nov 2017 - I have been checking out wealth management companies and financial advisors based in the Algarve by reading reviews online and checking out forums. We need some legal and tax advice to set ourselves up for retirement. Understand the complications of a pension in the UK is hard enough for...
  • Portugal, here we come... 2 months ago February 2018 – We’re getting ready to return to Portugal from the UK on Friday. The ‘Beast from the East’ weather front is set to arrive in the UK straight off the Russian steppes and snow and freezing weather are forecast all week so it may even affect our drive to the airport on Friday....
  • Preparing for the Big Move! 2 months ago By October 2017 it had been six months now since we had decided that we would be retiring after my present job role comes to an end in Spring ’19 and at that point we would move permanently to the Algarve. That meant we had already come a quarter of the way towards that point in time. We hadn’t...

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