• video updates

    Summer 2018 Video Update

    Hi everyone! FINALLY! In this long overdue vlog we discuss what we have been up to for the past 3 months at the farm. We talk about how we dealt with the first few weeks with our puppy Pipa, how we have started to prepare for the baby and give the house a bit of a makeover before it arrives in October. We also talk about how the house renovation process is going forward and give you the tour of our improved kitchen at the end. Hope you enjoy it! xx, Patricia & Pep

  • general updates

    August 2018 Expenses

    On the surface, it looks like August was another expensive month (full report here); however when you look closer we actually had 2 exceptional costs pushing us to a total of €2557 for the month. We are starting to make improvements to the house (and prepare for winter; costs in Aug: €850.2) which included buying a wood stove. We can expect these costs to increase from now on with the house renovation really starting in earnest over the next few months. The other large expensive this month was our baby (coming in at just under €300). We are trying to keep these costs to a minimum by buying second hand,…

  • general updates

    July 2018 Expenses

    July has been quite an expensive month, due in large part to the costs associated with Patricia getting her driver’s license (€208 for the registration and the book, it’s truly a scam here in Spain) and our holiday for a few days to Portugal resulting in higher groceries bills (€338) and some eating and drinking out expenses (€250). The full breakdown can be found here. We really tried to keep the costs to a minimum on our trip though and have been thinking about writing up our experience (and tips) in a blog post. The keenly eyed will also have noticed a new category in the graph below labeled ‘Baby’.…

  • 5 year plan

    What is a rough plan, why does it matter and how to create one?

    In a previous post I shared a rough plan for our first few months here at Finca Bravo. In this post I want to talk a bit more about the benefits of having a rough plan and why and when it can be useful to create a draft plan even when you don’t have a lot of information to go by. When to use a rough plan When you are planning something substantial, be it a holiday, a move (career or physical), a project, etc it is tempting to try and immediately create a detailed plan that you can then use to guide you along. However I find that you…

  • general updates

    June 2018 Expenses

    This month we had one large expense which was our new Australian Shepherd puppy Pipa. We had to go and pick her up in Barjacoba which meant a big (and expensive) road trip. Apart from that, we are doing ok when it comes to our overall living expenses, this month coming in just under €1000 (€936.46 to be exact). The full list of expenses can be found here. We spent a bit more on shopping, this included some ‘necessary’ clothing for Patty and some essentials for Pipa. We also are starting to see the impact of growing some of our own vegetables with our supermarket bill now about €20 lower than normal…

  • guest posts

    Quick Steps to Improve Your Nature Photography

    We own both a finca in a natural park (the Sierra de Aracena & Picos de Aroche park, known for it’s excellent bird watching opportunities) and a DSLR camera (Nikon D3300), so the connection was quickly made to try our hands at some nature photography. Since we don’t know much about photography at all, we thought we’d better ask a professional. Meet Daniel Baker, a talented photographer living in Barcelona. For this post, we asked him to give us some tips on how to best capture nature’s beauty by camera. Nature photography can be one of the most rewarding forms of photography, but it can be difficult to produce stunning images.…

  • recipes

    How to make Strawberry and Pimm’s Jam

    Strawberry season is here so I thought it would be a great time to whip up this alcohol-infused jam! This soft-set recipe reminds me of summers in London with Wimbledon, market stands selling strawberries everywhere and where it was always Pimm’s o’clock (at least for me). For those of you who don’t know, Pimm’s is a popular summer drink in England. It’s gin based and it is served with lemonade (I prefer orange or lemon soda), chopped fruits such as oranges and strawberries, cucumber, mint leaves and ice.  You can also use gin instead or if you don’t like the idea of having alcohol in your jam just omit it and add some…

  • general updates

    May 2018 Expenses

    We are back on track! May is the first month where we don’t have a large set up cost to deal with. This means expenses are much more in line with where we want them to be. We have spent a total of €1,336.52 this month, with living expenses now coming in at a reasonable €778.58. Here is the full overview of all our expenses and some takeaways below: Standing at €778.58 (down from €1,169.75 in April), I still believe our living expenses can come down further next month. We have spent about €200 on DIY due to the works on the outside kitchen and some equipment needed to set up outside taps…

  • general updates

    April 2018 Expenses

    Last month I explained that our costs were running high but that it was caused by us getting set up and included the large expense of buying a new car. Well, it seemed the trend has continued into April and we have spent a total of €5005.88; this means we are still waaay above what we want to be spending or even what we can afford to spend. Here is a full breakdown of everything that took our money this month (link) and an overview of the top categories below: There are some factors that make me optimistic about our expenses coming down in the future: We spent €1696.56 on…