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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  • A Sojourn in Seville 6 days ago Monday 12thMarch - After we had dropped Beth at Faro Airport we drove on over the border to Spain as we had booked a three-night stay in Seville. It was the first time we had crossed the Guadiana River into Huelva Province. Ten kilometres up the road we stopped at the fishing port and resort of...
  • A Birthday meal and all you can eat... 2 weeks ago Saturday 10thMarch – Our daughter Beth’s birthday dawned with enough blue sky to make a pair of sailor’s trousers although there had been heavy rain overnight. It didn’t look anything like the predicted Storm Felix. Of the last five years, Beth had been here with us for four of her...
  • Preparing for another Rental Season 3 months ago Thursday 8thMarch – On waking it felt like someone had turned the ‘warm’ switch back on although the sky remained gunmetal grey. We were in recovery from three days of stretching our brain cells in meetings with financial advisers. We decided to crack on with non-brain taxing job of cleaning...
  • Financial Advice - Sorting the wheat from the chaff... 3 months ago Tuesday 6thMarch – Another day, another financial advisor. This one was a one-man band set up in Almancil. But we liked the guy and we liked the emphasis on keeping the cost of advice affordable. He didn’t offer the platitudes of the previous day but was knowledgeable and straightforward. He...
  • Rain Clouds and a Sunny Future 3 months ago Sunday 4thMarch – Another day dawned as dull and rainy, so we decided to paint the master bedroom which once again needed freshening up. The lack of adequate ventilation last year had cause mildewy darkening of the paint especially on the ceiling above the bed. But we had noticed that the new...

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