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GIVEAWAY! – 3 signed copies of Living the Quieter Algarve Dream (open worldwide)

28th March 2021

We are delighted to offer 3 signed copies of Living the Quieter Algarve Dream by Alyson Sheldrake, set in Portugal

3 signed copies of Living the Quieter Algarve Dream

Have you ever longed for a quieter life?

Ever wanted to escape the crowds, walk on deserted beaches, and experience all that a different country has to offer?

Alyson and Dave Sheldrake moved to the western Algarve, far away from the tourists, to live in a rural market town. Surrounded by chickens, rabbits, beautiful beaches, and crazy locals, they settled down to enjoy a more peaceful existence.

Their plans didn’t include battling with Portuguese bureaucracy, a life-altering diagnosis, and Kat the dog being rushed to the vets. Brexit, a pandemic, and a house that needed updating ensured that life was anything but tranquil for this creative couple.

In this part guidebook, mostly memoir, find out why the Algarve is a favourite destination for so many, and why this couple have made it their home.

This honest and often hilarious story is the continuation of their Algarve Adventures. It can stand alone as a book for you to enjoy, and is also the follow-up to Living the Dream – in the Algarve, Portugal.


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Then tell us in the COMMENTS below – if money and language were no object – where would you choose to live? Perhaps you would like to relocate somewhere warmer? Perhaps you are happy enough where you are? Just tell us your dreams! Do this by midnight, 10th April and the first 3 names out of the hat will be sent a copy each by the author.

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  1. User: Tina Hartas

    Posted on: 13/04/2021 at 5:58 pm

    The winners are:

    Leah Tonna
    Lynn Evans


  2. User: Helen Furr

    Posted on: 10/04/2021 at 4:41 pm

    I’d choose the West Coast of Portugal to live each and every time. It’s got everything.


  3. User: Ann Patras

    Posted on: 10/04/2021 at 10:22 am

    My husband and I moved to Spain, after living in Africa for 31 years. Seeing the necessity to move, I decided my body could not cope with returning to the British weather, and Spain was the obvious choice.
    If money were no object, I would still live in Spain but would take the opportunity to visit many of the wonderful places here that my meagre pension cannot accommodate.


  4. User: Lisa Rose Wright

    Posted on: 09/04/2021 at 7:29 pm

    Galicia- exactly where I am. It’s beautiful, unspoilt and green.


  5. User: Merryl

    Posted on: 07/04/2021 at 7:09 pm

    Hi I’d choose to live in Wales with its sandy beaches and wonderful nature and friendly people. Besides my grandchildren live there!


  6. User: Paula Fullerton

    Posted on: 06/04/2021 at 11:24 am

    I’d love to live in Southern Italy. Preferably Pozzuolli just south of Naples.


  7. User: Tess P

    Posted on: 02/04/2021 at 5:01 pm

    Lake Garda, north end. Mountains, water, great food. La Dolce Vita!


  8. User: Jamieroberts

    Posted on: 02/04/2021 at 11:34 am

    Hawaii for me!


  9. User: JBS

    Posted on: 02/04/2021 at 2:24 am

    What a choice? I guess I would settle for anywhere as there are so many exciting, interesting experiences, and educational
    opportunities, where ever one travels in the world. Top of my list would be somewhere in Europe, UK, East Coast of the USA and Canada. “beggars can’t
    be choosers” and I would say ‘yes please’ to whatever came my way.


  10. User: edgery

    Posted on: 01/04/2021 at 11:55 am

    If money were no object, I’d head to Porto, Portugal. I’d have a nice base to see more of Europe including the Algarve, and the size of Porto makes it very walkable. In fact, I’m currently working on getting out of debt so I can move there!


  11. User: Susan Gilley

    Posted on: 01/04/2021 at 8:06 am

    If language was no barrier (my french is limited!) I would love to live in Remoullins in South of France. It is a quiet small town/village in the Garde region. Near to the Unesco site of the Pont du Garde. Half way between Avignon and Nimes. It is so french and I can smell it now. Fresh fruit and bakeries and a regular market. A real dream of a place.


  12. User: Margaret Gallagher

    Posted on: 31/03/2021 at 7:19 pm

    Simple pleasures – rural ireland – live of the land and no consumerism ( well maybe internet ! )


  13. User: Lana Hood

    Posted on: 31/03/2021 at 3:47 pm

    If I had the means I would winter alternating years on Vancouver Island, California and Florida and summer at a cottage in northern Manitoba.


  14. User: tangueratravels

    Posted on: 30/03/2021 at 7:05 pm

    I would love to live close to the sea, somewhere sunny – maybe even Portugal 🙂


  15. User: Marie

    Posted on: 30/03/2021 at 6:58 pm

    I would love to live somewhere sunny by the sea… maybe even Portugal 🙂


  16. User: Teresa S

    Posted on: 30/03/2021 at 9:49 am

    I’d like to live in one of the holiday houses in Porthmadog North Wales near the Festiniog Railway…husband wants to do more volunteering there when he retires and I would be able to go to Wales with him rather than being left at home…And Porthmadog is regularly one of the warmest place in the country and a stones throw from Portmeirion that I love visiting.


  17. User: philatel

    Posted on: 29/03/2021 at 8:47 pm

    I’m quite happy where I am – in London with a lovely garden. If I moved abroad, it would take all the excitement away from going on holiday somewhere exotic.


  18. User: I like reading

    Posted on: 29/03/2021 at 7:00 pm

    Hello, I would love to live in Canada, I think it is such a beautiful country.


  19. User: Barbara Khan

    Posted on: 29/03/2021 at 2:45 pm

    I think I could be quite happy living anywhere in Italy. I would probably prefer a smaller town on the outskirts of a larger town, so I could take a train or bus in for the larger city offerings.


  20. User: Lisa D

    Posted on: 29/03/2021 at 2:25 pm

    I live in North Wales and I feel very much at home here. However, my village has grown considerably in recent years and it’s not as quiet as it used to be.


  21. User: Lynn Evans

    Posted on: 29/03/2021 at 8:15 am

    I love village life rather than totally remote but with woodlands, mountains and streams nearby!
    It has to be North Wales!


  22. User: Leah Tonna

    Posted on: 29/03/2021 at 12:19 am

    I’m happy enough in our West Sussex village. Lucky to have travelled quite a bit when I was younger & enjoyed many holidays, but really can’t think of anywhere I’d rather live.


  23. User: Andrea Hedgcock

    Posted on: 28/03/2021 at 8:27 pm

    Somewhere in New Zealand as that’s where my gg-grandfather emigrated to in the 1850s, possibly Auckland.


  24. User: Julie Ryan

    Posted on: 28/03/2021 at 6:34 pm

    Would choose to live on a Greek island if money/Brexit no object.