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Bookkeeper in the spotlight

In 2005 we changed. The first bookkeeper was all the way in Porto; our adventure once started there. I had the idea he wasn’t very reliable and expensive. He never warned about upcoming payments to the state, or that it was time, for example, to reclaim the VAT.

Time for another bookkeeper

I thought it would be a good idea to have an bookkeeper around the corner, and a reliable one, with whom you can discuss this or that. Apparently the government employs a lot of civil servants, and they must all have something to do – and all they can do is come up with rules. That has consequences.

That is precisely the área de especialidade of the bookkeeper

I also have a rule for myself: if I want something, I request a quote from 3 people. Then you have a good idea, and you can make a good choice. So that also happened with choosing a new bookkeeper, but frankly my choice was made from the first moment.

Ferrazcont, as it was then called, made a pleasant impression.

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Their location was great (Soure), their presentation was great (no pretensions, no weighting), their staff were great (people with a real smile) and their price was great (price-quality comparison).

In the beginning I came to check out every month. That is: to pay for their services. At the time, that was just with money, and I was never thinking of asking for a receipt. They told me exactly what I had to do when the Finanças started to automate, and I had to hand in everything every month before the 4th day. And that that was Very Important.

(Later it became the 20th; apparently more people have difficulty with this requirement.)

They tell me with endless patience that it is Really Very Important to hand in your receipts on time, recently again.

Bookkeeping is not my strong suit (but luckily it’s theirs)

And now we suddenly have a logo! I had an appointment at the office of Marcar – as it is now called – because we all have to have a digital invoicing system from July 1; because we all have to register with the RCBE; because we all must have a Complaints Book online.

You need a logo for the latter. We still had not. This was discussed during the interview, and Emília said that she was concerned with these kinds of designs as relaxation. She would arrange that. Top.

Thanks to the compulsive rule of law, thanks to all those civil servants who have to keep on working, thanks to all those rules, and especially thanks to Emília, we now finally have a logo.

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We moved here in 2000 from Rotterdam, Holland to the Termas-da-Azenha, Portugal. A big step, especially with two small children. We are busy to rebuild one of portugals cultural heirlooms: Termas-da-Azenha, an old spa which has been turned into several holiday homes, rooms and campsites, with a lots of fun things to do: swimming pool, indoor and outdoor games like pingpong, petanque, a FancyDressingRoom and a small café. You’ll find mosaics and paintings everywhere.

The old bathhouse is going to be a museum, where you can see how things have changed. Since 2018 we call ourselves the first B&B&B in the world – Bed & Breakfast & Bathrobes. You can buy a home-made unique bathrobe/housecoat with us.

Each week a little blog about what is happening around us. An easy read. A few minutes in another world. A little about what it going on in Portugal. If you plan your holiday to Portugal, it might be a nice preparation. We have some nice special offers on our site.

You can subscribe to this blog:

You’ll get it every weekend in your mailbox.

On Sunday morning we publish it on our Facebook Page, on Pinterest, and on monday on LinkedIn.

Nice offer for profiteers

I’m having lunch. Little drowsy from rising early, all numbers and dates I was juggling with, and all those miles I make through the village here. “The family” has arrived not so long ago, and that always brings some extra work – because they themselves do a lot to help us!

“The family” – that is, of course, ours, and they are at home here

They know exactly where the potato peeler is, they fill the fridge with dutch cheese and rye bread (and much more) and nonchalantly ask which house they have been assigned. Some of them always want the same.

My oldest sister wants room 4. Period. Enjoy her afternoon nap on the terrace in the sun and everything on the ground floor. Her knees don’t want to do exactly what knees should do anymore, even though they’re made of titanium, so a person has to adapt.

The other sister assures me several times that it doesn’t matter to them: “If necessary, we put a mattress in the training room, that’s not a problem at all, you know that!” Yes, I do know that, but before I’m going to allow her to sleep on a mattress in the training room, a lot has to happen.

I make the puzzle and make schedules to accommodate all guests well

There is the group of workers, the family Zwart will arrive (a.k.a. Familia Preto – I’ll come back to that) and my family’s there.

You automatically take into account people’s preferences if you know them, so that goes in the equation. My brother-in-law wants a good bed, for example, because he likes to sleep.

Well, all the beds are good, but when you know that, you give someone the best bed you can find, don’t you? Certainly if he’s so nice to finish my greenhouse project on day One, together with my brother.

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My puzzle is exactly right before the group of 27 Italians arrives

Next challenge is the arrival of the other family, jokingly called Familia Preto. They spent years here on holiday with the whole family. Youngest daughter Roos has been a volunteer here for years – a summer without Roos was not a summer.

Now they are going to come with the extended family. The eldest children have relationships, and they come along (or have to come along … or they whined and nagged until they were allowed to go … I want to stay out of that).

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Good for them, because they come exactly while I have a nice offer

I don’t even remember, but it’s so much instead of so much, and the first so much is less. That’s nice, because it’s actually three families – young couples need a lot of space, literally and figuratively. And also: being together all the time is not wanted. You want to be able to sleep comfortably, sit, hang, nap with your mouth a little open, read exciting book or surf to your heart’s content.

On the internet then.

(For the real thing, you really have to drive 20 minutes to the beach and do all that effort to “conquer” the waves.)

So they’re taking advantage of that nice offer

Well, okay, okay, profiteers might not be the right name and a bit exaggerated. They also took advantage of the offer of a price fighter to get here – didn’t mind to get up early, hang around the airport, sit in a full cabin, breakfast on a terrace in Porto and an hour and a half on the highway.

Done with the puzzle. Everybody has the right accommodation. I’m sitting down to have lunch and suddenly I feel a few arms around my neck.

How?! What?! But it is not such a fright … those arms belong to Roos of course.

Familia Preto has arrived! There they are!

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We moved here in 2000 from Rotterdam, Holland to the Termas-da-Azenha, Portugal. A big step, especially with two small children. We are busy to rebuild one of portugals cultural heirlooms: Termas-da-Azenha, an old spa which has been turned into several holiday homes, rooms and campsites, with a lots of fun things to do: swimming pool, indoor and outdoor games like pingpong, petanque and mini golf, a FancyDressingRoom and a small café. You’ll find mosaics and paintings everywhere.

The old bathhouse is a museum, where you can see how things have changed. Since 2018 we call ourselves the first B&B&B in the world – Bed & Breakfast & Bathrobes. You can buy a home-made unique bathrobe/housecoat with us.

Each week a little blog about what is happening around us. An easy read. A few minutes in another world. A little about what it going on in Portugal. If you plan your holiday to Portugal, it might be a nice preparation. We have some nice special offers on our site.

You can subscribe to this blog:

You’ll get it every weekend in your mailbox.

On Sunday morning we publish it on our Facebook Page, on Google+, on Pinterest, and on monday on LinkedIn.