• 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…

  • video updates

    House Tour Video

    In this video we take you around all the buildings here at Finca Bravo. We show you our living spaces, the storage area and the pigsties. We talk about our future plans for the spaces. As you can see there is a lot of work still to be done! You can find a rough plan of our project here:

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    5 ways you can save money when living a simpler life

    How to live a simple life with little money? This question came up a lot when Patricia and I were discussing our plan to move to Spain to live a simpler, cheaper and more fulfilling life. But choosing a simpler life doesn’t mean you have to cut back on everything or that you need to choose between living your life or saving up money. In this blog post I will go over 5 simple ways we have used to save money but that are also fun (and healthy!) in its own right: 1. Growing our own fruit, vegetables and flowers We really enjoy gardening and part of the attraction of living an…

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    April 2018 Video Update

    In this video update we talk about what we’ve been up to in the 5 weeks since we moved to Spain. Some things went as planned, others not so much. We talk about our priorities, the good things and the main challenges we’ve faced during our first few weeks living at Finca Bravo.

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    Sierra de Aracena: What to Do, See and Eat

    If you want to travel off the beaten path while enjoying great food in charming villages full of tradition and surrounded by a beautiful lush scenery, then the Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche is the place to go! The Sierra is a protected natural park located in the northern part of the province of Huelva in Spain. It is northwest of Seville and near the Portuguese border (only 45km from Finca Bravo). With plenty of rainfall during the winter months (and well into spring this year), it is probably the greenest of all areas in Andalusia. Over 40,000 people live here and since March of this year we feel privileged to call this area…

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    March 2018 Expenses Update

    I wanted to give you an update on how we got on here at Finca Bravo in our first month. We want to do this every month to tell you what we are up to and how much we have been spending. Moving here will require us to live a simpler, more sustainable life and spending less is definitely going to be a crucial part of this. By tracking all our costs we’ll get a clear view where we are spending the most and where there is a potential to cut back. You can view the complete overview of our expenses here. The first month was a little bit out…

  • video updates

    First video update – Moving Day!

    We are pleased to bring you our first ever video update. We hope you like it! This one is about wrapping up our lives in London and making the move to Cortegana in Spain. Amongst other things, we talk about the things we will miss from London. If you want to receive future updates you can subscribe to our Youtube channel.

  • motivation

    How to retire to the countryside in Spain

    Giving up your day job, moving to another country, changing your life around; this was all quite daunting at first for Patricia and I. But over time we got more and more used to the idea of moving to Spain. Here are the 9 steps we followed to make our life changing move to Finca Bravo:   1. Make a plan About 3 years ago, I brought up the subject of what we wanted out of our lives with Patricia. At the time, we were both doing well professionally but something was missing. So we started to do some research and came up with a plan. We would remortgage our house…

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    Why are we leaving everything behind?

    People might be curious as to why on earth we would trade our comfortable life in cosmopolitan London to live in a place as quiet and rural as Cortegana. We’ve been planning our move for almost three years now and during this time we have explained the ins and outs of our adventurous (some prefer the word ‘crazy’) project to our friends and family many times. Usually people ask a lot of practical questions and sometimes this means we forget to talk about why we are doing this. So here is a post trying to address this question and highlight the main reasons behind our change in lifestyle. I should begin with…

  • 5 year plan

    A rough plan

    We certainly haven’t got a complete plan for the coming years but sometimes it’s good to force yourself to put your ideas to paper. So here is our rough plan for the next 3 years or so, don’t be surprised if this all goes completed haywire after a few months of actually living at Finca Bravo: Spring 2018 Move and settling in Fix running water and shower Install basic electricity supply to run some appliances (fridge!) Plant some fruit and vegetables Plant some trees Get approval from the local authorities for our build Get a dog Summer 2018 Set up tents to provide rural B&B Start creating our outside space…