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Finally! The mosaics in our holiday village are ready

The mosaics in our little holiday village tend to get out of hand

Why? The first phase of the entree of the bathhouse is finally ready. Four mosaics together – as a representation of what’s waiting for you in the rest of the village.

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It started in October, and now two huge mosaics are finally ready

I had help of some experienced friends. That’s nice, because mosaic-making is something to be patient about, because it’s always a lot of work. Even though you’d already realized that it’s more work than you think, it’s still more work than you think.

Of course it’s not a day in, day out job. You don’t work on it for 8 hours straight every day. There are lots of other things to do (welcoming guests, for instance, cleaning here & there, sewing a kimono – to name some) but all in all I guess about half of this time is in there.

But words fail to express what you see. So let’s skip the rest of the story, and go directly to the pics. I proudly present to you – the making of “The Pond” and “A colourful sunset at the ocean”:

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Searching for the right composition, the colours, the size of the pieces – sometimes it’s decisionmakingstress, but mostly it’s lovely to sit in the sun and puzzle.

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Now it’s really nice to have help because this board is too big to turn around by myself.

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… but I can glue it to the wall by myself.

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blog_finally-the-mosaics-in-our-holiday-village-are-ready… and goes on for ever …. in the most inelegant and uncomfortable positions imaginable. It takes time, and during that time you can make new plans. For another mosaic, for example. Like I did. My friend Astrid thought it was an excellent idea.

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She’s a kindred spirit in this, unfortunately with a demanding job, so from time to time only a week of mosaicing. But in that week you can create half the sea … 

We’re skipping some steps; the mart of the air was glueing piece by piece on the spot. So yeah, how interesting is that? We’re happy with the result though.

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The other delightful discovery was the wood. When a tree is sawn into planks, they throw away the first and the last one because one side is round. I love them! With a little bit of sanding and painting, you get great wallpaper. Wallpaper in raw form … 

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Best thing? It’s nice weather as well! 

Well, come and have a look for yourself! We’re open from the 1st of March till the 31st of October.

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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 https://www.termas-da-azenha.com/en/recreation/: 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, on Pinterest, and on monday on LinkedIn.

A fairy as inspiration for a new mosaic

Some guests are having such a good time that I spontaneously shout things like: “Oh, and I love you for it!” It was not a shout by itself. That was the answer to: “We couldn’t get ourselves to go. So we stayed.” The fairy laughs: “It’s all the time: one more day. Let’s do one more day.”

And that comment came because I walked through the sala de convívio – the big room, and saw them sitting at “their” table. They’d been there for a week.

Not full time at the table of course.

They also sat by the pool. And they also went shopping. And did a workshop mosaic

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That’s how I like to see it.

It was a pleasant atmosphere in the big hall in the evenings

This couple was sitting at “their” table, one family was playing table tennis, another family was playing a game at the dining tables on the other side of the room, and a man was picking out a book by the book tower.

In the meantime, I was doing the things I have to do. Washing, keeping the swimming pools clean, topping up (Belgian) beer in the bar fridge, answering the e-mail – of the things that every holiday holiday rental and B&B owner must do.

And in the meantime, I fervently wished that the guest who looked like a fairy would also be a real one, and make my wish come true.

My wish was that all the mosaic created so far would be perfectly grouted to the facade of the bathhouse

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Grouting is the least fun thing about mosaics, you are always working on it much longer than you think – even if you think that you will be working on it much longer than you think, it will be even longer.

You get it: not my favorite thing to do.

The result of the grouting, on the other hand, is great. The very last fase is cleaning, but that is usually a piece of cake. Although it is regularly “forgotten”, because after a few hours of grouting you have pain in muscles you didn’t even know you had, and you have those warm bath wrinkles in your other hand. At that point, you don’t feel the need much to wipe that wall once more with a clean dry cloth.

I’m of course talking about a big wall now. Not about a piece of art that you make during a mosaic workshop to take home

My other wish was (can’t you always make 3 wishes if you come across a fairy?) to start with the Dragon. That piece of wall that I had a problem with a few weeks ago, but for which a wonderful idea had fallen out of the sky.

I was eager.

Finally I had a Sunday afternoon, and then another Tuesday morning, and to top it all off, another Wednesday evening. There he was! Finally!

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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.

Mosaic-making queens

Not only do you have two volunteers, you also get half the Dutch royal family, a Belgian high brow, a clone from Arnold Schwarzenegger and a drag queen. Not surprising, because Ylva does a theater study in Gent, and Roos is a good tempered and smart girl, interested in everything.

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Within a day we’re not only working on the new mosaic project, but meanwhile there is a lot of shouting, teasing, singing and making jokes.

They’ve been coming for years, these voluntary queens, and keep on doing that. And now mainly for mosaic-making

And they don’t just come to make jokes! What also happens: “Can I do anything else for you, my dear?”

That doesn’t happen every day! Not everyone asks that! Yes, sometimes as a formality, after which they continue to watch the blue void very intensely in exactly the other direction when you pass by with a heavy cupboard (based on a true story), but this is really meant. And if I do have something (I don’t always), they even do it too. With a smile.

“Do you want to see a photo of Henk?” Ylva asks. “Yes of course! A new love? ”Ylva raises her eyes to heaven and answers:“ Ooooo, he is sooooo sweet! ”

She picks up her phone and shows Henk

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Henk de Hamster. “Who has a hamster?” Roos asks, “what is special about that?” And Ylva shouts indignantly: “Hey, Calimero, do you want to stay calm? Henk is my darling, my everything, my sweetheart, you can’t say anything about him!”

They make jokes about me as a slave driver

My consolation is – as long as people make jokes about it, it’s not so bad. And the girls come voluntarily so it probably is not that bad.

“She decides,” Rose says, carefully articulating like the Dutch queen Máxima, “she’s the boss, so she may say it. But we think pretty pink is very pretty here. ”

We have started a new mosaic project

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A fairly ambitious project: the entire facade of the bathhouse on the village square side. The corner next to the cafe is now complete (thanks to Astrid, Andrea, Viola) who have glued many, many pieces.

Now it’s the turn of the rest of the facade. Above the kitchen and the entrance to the big room. We’re a bit in the way, but the guests present ensure us that they don’t mind and walk around it. Two more days. Then that scaffolding can go.

Just in time for August to start, the holiday month in Europe

For Ylva it’s no longer a holiday. She has to work. Earning money to be able to pay for the rest of the (study) year. And then come and help in your precious free time, laughing and joking and doing a lot of good things!

If you can’t call that a passion for life, I don’t know what is

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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.

Completely out of hand

I can’t help it.

No really. Seriously.

It just goes like that

It starts with an innocent mosaic somewhere on a wall. And I didn’t even make it myself, it was a wonderful initiative from the “Family Preto”. Well done. Useful too. Everyone can see how it’s called here.

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In the winter it gets a bit messy in that corner, especially when it rains a lot. And it’s a sight spot, you can see it from the road when you drive. Bit of a disgrace when it gets dirty from the humidity. Not a nice entrance. And I was fed up scrubbing.

So when (mosaic) friend Astrid had plans to come and visit, it began. And since the two overarching themes of all mosaics are water and fairy tales, we ended up with a nice fish, a mermaid and stripes of water. To make it fit with the mosaics on the stairs with Antoine the seahorse and Bilqis the mermaid.

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Once you have reached that level, it is very strange to leave the bottom part empty

So it’s completely out of control, people. The little mermaid has joined, with a couple of her sisters, and the sea witch. And now there are even 3-D plans as well! Down there in the corner.

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Come and have a look for yourself. And try it. It is so much fun to do!

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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.