Get to know Tras-os-Montes

Trás-os-Montes is a region located in northeastern Portugal, bordering Spain to the north and east. Did you know? The name Trás-os-Montes means “beyond the mountains” and refers to the region’s location beyond the Marão and Montesinho mountain ranges. Trás-os-Montes is known for its rugged landscapes, traditional way of life, and unique cultural heritage. The region […]

Getting to know Mason – are cocker spaniels good homesteader dogs?

Owning a Cocker Spaniel on a homestead can be a rewarding experience for both the dog and its owners who chose a simple life. Cocker Spaniels are known for their friendly and affectionate nature, making them great family pets. They are also intelligent and trainable, which can be helpful when living on a homestead. However, there are […]

Get to know Elroy and the Tras-Os-Mastiff breed

Get to know Elroy and the Tras-Os-Mastiff dog breed – adorable – loyal and powerful (Elroy our Tras-os-Montes Mastiff at 5 1/2 months) The Trás-os-Montes Mastiff is a large and powerful breed of dog that originated in Portugal in the Tras-os-Montes region. Also known as the Transmontano Mastiff, this breed was originally used for herding […]

It’s about the journey – uphill and down!

With the growing season upon us, it’s fair to say that our simple life suddenly got a little complicated. Indeed, having the responsibility to feed my family from our garden, start a business to support us and entertain tourists with a lush garden is no small feat for a novice gardener like me. But I’m […]