Archive for February, 2012

New Quinta bathrooms

Sunday, February 26th, 2012


New Quinta bathrooms, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

I mentioned in one of my December posts that the winter here is a time of maintenance, and here’s the result of some of this winter’s work.
We’ve obviously done a lot behind the scenes that won’t be noticeable to most past guests, but I don’t think that anybody could fail to notice the up-grade we’ve been able to give to five of our bathrooms!
Many people have commented in the past on the nice size of these rooms, but now they’re even better - new, larger baths, new plumbing, new sinks and sink-surrounds, new tiling throughout - and with each bathroom having its own unique design to go with the room.
This picture is from “Cão” or “Dog” and of course we had to celebrate our four mutts here, Sideways, Meiktila, Pesca and Honey.
We hope you like them when you come to stay - the dogs and the new bathrooms of course!

Bullfinches visit the garden

Sunday, February 19th, 2012


IMG_9286, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

Every ten years or so the conditions are just right for Bullfinches to over-winter down here in the Quinta’s gardens, and this year is one of those years with a small flock gracing us with their presence. It makes having a cold, dry winter more bearable, and I don’t even mind them feasting on all the peach buds!