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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 part 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.

The making of a mosaic in our BnB

When this one’s finished (well, it is, almost! Just some finishing touches), I thought it was time to do the whole facade of the bathhouse, village-square-center-side.

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This little corner is next to our little café. You’ll see it when you go up the stairs.

Time for a new mosaic project

A friend would come, and she always does some mosaic work when she’s here. And a volunteer would come, so with the three of us I dared to start this quite ambitious next mosaic project.

First step: preparations

My priceless son Broes got a big plastic up, took the high pressure machine and cleaned the first part of the facade. It’s the end of May, we don’t have so many guests yet. It could be done. One day of a lot of rubbish, the next day a stripped-of-paint facade and a clean village square. Piece of cake.

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In the mean time we three were busy making some other preparations

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Most of the time, I have an image in my head of the final result

Then there’s the challenge of communicating to the others. With Astrid it’s not so difficult, we work together for a long time already.  With volunteer Viola it was also not a huge challenge, because I found some drawings as an example to keep everything together.

That resulted in this. So close up, you can’t see the beauty of it – like looking at a pointillist painting by George Seurat at a distance of 50 centimeters.

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Like this, glued to the wall, is better, don’t you think?

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Now, the challenge was to keep it civilized, because there were some guests, and they have the right to be in a nice environment. We started in the corner above the kitchen, where the scaffolding is not in the way. Very nice guests, by the way, they loved to see how it went on.

And it went on! In spite of the heat (a few days of 33º – quite rare, but who cares about that when it’s that hot), protected by sunscreen and parasols, we presevered.

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Yesterday, the glue dried out, and me too. Time to stop – at 8 in the evening. As you can see, this is the result of 8 days work with 3 people (if we don’t count Broes’ work to clean it). The facade is a little bigger; we’ll probably need this whole year to do all this. 

I always like to have a mosaic project going on in the summer. Sometimes, there are talented volunteers plus some time in between all the cleaning and cooking. Sometimes, there are interested guests, who have some experience and like to join in for a few hours. 

Making mosaics is addictive! It’s hard to stop

As you can see, because there’s a lot to see in our little village. Come and have a look! We still have some availability this summer … info@termas-da-azenha.com

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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.