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All dolled up during the holiday

All my theater clothing went, long ago, in that big truck that brought all our belongings to Portugal.

It spent the first year in boxes, because it took a while before all those things could be distributed throughout our little village.

The first occasion for using it was a colorful evening by the first group of friends, guests and volunteers

That was extremely amusing, everyone dolled up, and singing our heart out. I have a vague memory of a man in a glitter jacket with a sombrero on his head, seriously playing cards with some other strangely dressed people with hats on.

The next step came from the next group of volunteers – someone who said: “I have an idea for that little room on the first floor … one wall red, the other purple … (apparently I had an expression of disgust on my face) … ah! You’ll see, it’ll be beautiful! And if you don’t like it, I paint it completely white again at my expense. What do you think? All your costumes and high heels can fit in there! ”

The end result was indeed beautiful. The floor (mosaic of course) is gorgeous. The best part is that she will be our guest again next week, after almost 18 years. With her whole family, twins and all. I am really curious what she’ll think of the FancyDressingRoom 3.0!

Because: FancyDressingRoom 3.0 is finished

After a few years, that little red & purple room was full – extending on the corridor. The FancyDressingRoom always has been an excuse for me to buy some nice clothes or heels. I no longer wear them (disastrous with those Portuguese pavement!) but it is still a weak point. Hard to resist the temptation.

A few years ago, the FancyDressingRoom went to the ground floor

Everything together: the big room with table tennis, pool and foossball, the library with all board games and children’s books, and the FDR behind it. Great place, but more space. Dangerous! Before you know it, we will bulge out of there again.

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With the move, I started selecting, asking the help of my sisters. With a panel of three you have a better chance that something will be thrown out. We applied strict criteria, and indeed a lot was discarded. I immediately drove to the old clothes container in Alqueidão, because I know myself. Before you know it, I’m going to dig into those bags for that beautiful red blouse “it’s a shame to throw away, it’s such a beautiful color!” – and so on, ad infinitum.

I also have to control myself seriously on the market. Sometimes they have such special things you never see elsewhere

Now we had to move again: the library and the FancyDreesingRoom had to make way for the washing machines

That was a huge move, but well worth it. Now it’s no longer a bit hidden behind the library, but is more part of the big room, where you can play pool & board games, ping & pong, chess & cards, read & use the internet, play the piano and become someone else.

Or just stay yourself and chat with the other guests or have a nice dinner while you admire the creations of your children.

We hope you will enjoy this little video we made to give you an idea of the unique concept of our FancyDressingRoom!

 

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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.

Children’s games count down

I understand why children learn to count young. You quickly need that. It is knowledge to survive. To make friends. To be able to participate. To count down. To count as a person.

Children’s games almost all start with a count down

 

During the day you come across groups of children who count on one knee, with one foot against the feet of the others – like a flower of feet – to do this.

“Two-frogs-on-your-head-you-are-very-dead.” It’s a little more efficient than our former “Eeny meeny miny moe, Catch a tiger by the toe, If he hollers let him go, Eeny meeny miny moe.”

If things are not going well, and the judgment is not found to be fair, then it is exactly the same. An explosion of indignant cries: “No, not at all!” “Not fair!” “Well! You’re dead! “” Not !! You’re dead! ”

The only difference is that we used to be “moe” and they are now dead

What can happen when you unsuspectingly walk to the swimming pool – that a little boy of not even 80 centimeters of hight is running right past you and shouts: “Shoot me too! Shoot me dead too, please! ”

His extraordinary request is because the big children are doing a game where that little man literally comes behind. After a few days they had found a solution themselves. The biggest boy with the longest legs was a combination with the smallest. Then you came across that little fellow again, panting, and I said oncoming: “He is in that direction” but then I was wrong, because: “He gets them for me, he can run much faster” and byebye, away he was again.

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Here and there a little guidance, but for the rest they guide themselves

These group processes go very fast with children. They hardly meet, or they’re already busy chasing after each other, or they do a bomber dive in the pool while their parents still shake hands.

Some things are not allowed. You can not sneak in the adega to pick up scissors, pliers, garden tools and machetes to play in the tree house. That is too dangerous. When you are caught in the act, you are summoned to bring back everything.

Of course there are also dramas sometimes

I caused one myself. Unintentionally, of course, in fact: I stood in the doorway of the bathhouse and called to the children who were running past: “Hello, all of you!! Pay attention! ”

Very benevolent – strange eyes – they froze, one foot already on the next step of the stairs to the Fairy Tale Terrace, ready to go on but with a little bit of attention, because they could hear that it was apparently important.

“I’m closing the glass door now! Tell the others, if you meet them, don’t forget it! “And while I was turning around, a girl bumps against the still half-opened side of the door.

“I thought I could just get through”, she said a little shakily to her mother, who had been alarmed by a few of the others, “I thought it was still possible.” Oh, gosh, she was right on my wrong side. Had she taken the other way, she would have been absolutely right. And now she was sitting with an ice pack on her head, and she had to go to the motor home to cry very loudly in peace and quiet. Without an audience, because everyone was obviously crowded around to see what was going on and to comfort her.

I felt her pain because I also ran into it at full speed, when that door was just mounted

It hurts effing much. And she went a little faster than me.

Fortunately, she didn’t have her glasses on – that’s something positive – and the ice pack did a world of good.

She was playing a games with the others an hour later.

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They will be coming, and they will be going. The remaining lot is not difficult about it. Just go on counting. Counting, riming, running, swimming.

That’s what it’s all about.

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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 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 Google+, on Pinterest, and on monday on LinkedIn.