Category Archives: Work


Autumn has arrived – huzzah! I’m usually still plodding around in my flip flops this time of year but the mercury ain’t rising so I’ve been wearing socks all week. What better way to celebrate warm hands and feet than with a SALE! Everything in my store is 15% off this week including custom order […]

tangoNovemberbravo Summer Sale

Thankfully it’s been a cool summer so I’ve had a chance to work on some new patterns for the Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection. The branches of our trees are hanging heavy with a bounty of fruit and I can’t help but feel inspired by the colours of the upcoming harvest. The freezer is filled with peaches, my […]

land husband

Cabril gets cold during the winter months and central heating is a fading distant memory. A great deal of our time these days is divided between keeping the land clear and keeping ourselves warm. When the sun hides and the mercury drops, cashmere quickly jumps from luxury to necessity status. Our only heat comes from burning […]

No Tile Left Behind

When you’re stuck (with a surfer) in the mountains of Portugal you quickly learn that timelines play second fiddle here. Progress happens when it happens, rarely is it driven by an arbitrary date circled on the calendar (the new local roundabout being the perfect case in point). We embrace our local culture and so the […]

Olive Harvest and Tango Gloves

There’s distinct chill in the air this morning and last night the air was filled with the smell of wood burning stoves.  It’s my favourite time of year, when we stop finding ways to stay cool and start looking for ways to stay warm.  Goodbye flip-flops and tank tops, hello woolly hats and cozy sweaters. […]


There is a consistent theme around Cabril these days: Estamos sujos. We are dirty. Restoring and building means that we remove really old dirt. We move that dirt, then move it again so we can make way for new dirt. And sometimes we play with all kinds of dirt to make a palette of dirty, old colours […]

Summer Soxtravaganza

People need socks. The ancient Greeks wore socks from matted animal hair while the Romans wrapped their feet with leather. By the 5th century AD socks were worn by holy people to express purity and by 1000 AD socks became a symbol of wealth. Whether pure or rich, people need their feet to stay warm […]

In a Siesta State of Mind

A blog in motion stays in motion? April was a blog-free month.  It was entirely unintentional, I just wasn’t feeling the bloggy love.  So here’s a quick summary of last month’s events: It rained. A lot. The DaddyP Gang stopped by on their way to the Algarve bearing gifts of Humax and cheddar cheese. We […]

Jardim de Abril

The sun has finally decided to stay for a while so we’ve been working in the front garden this week.  Yesterday, as I was digging in the rocky dirt in an old pair of jeans and sensible shoes, I remembered buying a lemon picking outfit in Vancouver with djbeat just days before moving here. The […]

ReboundTAG: Product Review

I’m no stranger to lost luggage so before I left for Canada I agreed (via the good folks at FMB) to review ReboundTAG, a microchip bag tag. Fortunately for me, my suitcase was not lost on this trip. Unfortunately for this review, my suitcase was not lost on this trip. I received my ReboundTAG when […]

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