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    Olive harvest

    The time has come on my Portuguese smallholding for the annual olive harvest. It’s time-consuming work and the weather’s usually rubbish, but there’s something quite sacred about harvesting this ancient...

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    Building a Piglu

    If I'd ever been asked what a pig's preferred sleeping arrangements might be, I'd probably have scratched my head. I suppose I might have imagined those arch shaped pig houses...

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    A brush with death

    It all started with an awful sound – a terrified screeching. I tore outside to see a large buzzard flying skyward from the garden. There in the grass lay poor...

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    Battling villains

    I’ve always felt rather akin to the cult comic book character Tank Girl… if more in terms of her sense of style than her life struggle. But now I have...

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    Creepy crawlies and hairy horrors!

    If you worry about dangerous creepy crawlies in southern Europe you might jump straight to the old classics – spiders and scorpions – but in reality the one you need...

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    Let’s hear it for linen

    Linen's twice the life of cotton, doesn’t shrink, is easy to cultivate, holds dyes well, and is resistant to moths and beetles. And it looks great!

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    Expect the unexpected

    More new from the Beira region of Portugal … Jemima blogs about the “good life” … and admits that self-sufficiency is not as easy as you might have thought. Living...

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    Jemima chose to leave her city life in Bristol, UK, to live sustainably, off-grid in the foothills of the Estrela Mountains of central Portugal. It has been a steep learning...

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    Emily’s Top 10 for reducing packaging

    Reduce: Take a hessian bag shopping and fill with loose vegetables and fruit. Reuse: Reuse any plastic packaging your fruit and veg comes in. Recycle: At the supermarket, look for...

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    Time to pack in the packaging

    By Emily Keal Supermarkets worldwide are guilty of using excessive packaging, especially plastic. This consumes huge amounts of energy and natural resources – around 8 per cent of the world’s...

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