Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Zeberdee time!!

The suns out and there is a whiff of spring in the air

Working hard at Quinta Stuart, we have finished Casa Kiki, the eight berth dormitory which we are only going to furnish with four beds this season. The tipi has a marble floor, Cosy Cabin has new beds (and no woodburner which gives more space), Villa Ganeesha has weathered the winter well and we have fixed all the shade net over the Owl House. Lots still to do and now only five weeks until we open for the season.

A touch of Bali perhaps? Look forward to another shady terrace for the summer

Thanks to Ben for the super cool airstream roof. We will be building models of these for Outreach and The Project.

Inside Casa Kiki, set up for a honeymoon, but also can be used as an 8 bed dorm. or a classroom or yoga studio.

Time now to tidy the whole site and rebuild irrigation. As a lot of the fruit trees are now three years old, we are going to remove the individual points and just leave irrigation to the younger trees and raised beds and even then as little as possible.
We have to water save and mulching the trees, adding shade and removing poor trees seems the way - whilst most trees have rocketed, a few miserable ones deserve to be removed or replanted.

Martins Zub zub - our Polish volunteer removed the washing board and filled it with our own compost. The seedlings are a mix of wild flowers and Basil.

This years Apricot crop is going to be good!

So with plenty of volunteers, lots of enthusiasm, lots of friends, her's to a great summer! Keep watching, Stu and Owl x

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Enter the Polish Trojan

Thought it might be tough to beat Ben the roofer and Sam the - magic - chef, but might have just pipped them with Martin "The Machine" Krolsky!!
Not a man who believes in coincidences, three people this week have described Quinta Stuart as a bit of a hippy retreat... great, it is our hazy lazy laid back low carbon shady snoozy woozy cheap clean economic eco hostal. With prices from 10 euros per person per night, come see at

Martin The Machine, constructing a thermal batch heater. After two days chain sawing, moving tonnes of compost and making drylene, this was his day off job!!

Not having the cash for a deck, we decided to raid the recycle bin for some marble. The sand came from a friends over order... still a few sacks of high energy cement though... Change from 100 euros and so cool!!

Starting to clad the insulation layer on Casa Kiki, getting a bit distracted with abstract bottle windows (photos to follow!)

It never rains around here, it just keeps pouring... 355 mms so far at Quinta Stuart this year. This was the day after The Poland Trojan left.. spent all day cooking with Jamesons...

So now back on our own, but awaiting an Irish couple in a vintage VW van. Great to see Paul, Robin, Ole, Ben and Sam at Pura Vida near Odeixe, west coast. We are going to catch up them at the free festival , central Portugal 15th April... check out for directions and line up.
Oh yes... need to promote my website and bookings for all our shelters - any ideas readers?