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The last step of our renovation and looking to the future

gepubliceerd op: 08 Aug 2019
On January 11, 2018 we came to Madeira together to start our new life. A new challenge, a different work pace, better weather and, above all, more time for each other.

The 'only' thing we still had to do was work out a plan on how we were going to change the almost 4000 m2 piece of land, with 4 houses and a large swimming pool on top. If you read it quickly, it doesn’t seem so bad.

Fortunately we are both steadfast and we knew what we liked and what we didn’t. The style was also fairly clear to us, only now all the elements had to be brought together for the design of our very own property. With the help of great partners in design, engineering and a lot of perseverance, we have finally arrived at the last week.

Aanzicht zwembad bedjes nieuw uit de verpakking.jpg Chica die vanaf dag 1 al bij ons is en tijdens de bouw gebleven gelukkig.jpg

The photographer is coming here around 7 August to capture everything in a professional way and then the website can go live. Exactly 7 years ago on the same day, we met on Texel during the high season. It seems we wanted to test each other in the seventh year (the famous seven-year-itch) to see if we were meant for each other! There were 19 well-filled months of searching, choosing, managing and criss-crossing each other at high speed. We still write in the 'we' form, so we have just about succeeded. In between there were enough moments in the evening to enjoy a well-deserved rest and each other. Preferably by the sea to enjoy a fantastic sunset and lapas from the BBQ.

Nieuw servies net binnen voor de huisjes.jpgWe will be able to catch our breath again in the coming time and we look forward to exploring the island again. When the daily schedule of our new life is in place, then there will be time again for the next great idea. We will leave it to ourselves what that will be. For now we are very happy that the dust and debris are almost gone, the pool glimmers and shines again and peace has returned to Arco da Calheta.

Genieten van Guinness in ons favo barretje in Funchal.jpg



It has been a great adventure so far and we can recommend that everyone find opportunities to create something together with someone else. Life is too short not to enjoy it and we have found room for personal development while being together in the moments that we desire. What will not be finished today will be given the attention it deserves tomorrow. Speaking of, a party is just being organized nearby. A cozy gathering when everyone comes out to the streets and enjoys local dishes. Usually only for the locals and some tourists who happen to pass. This type of event is often announced with a car with loudspeakers on the roof, which then drives through the villages 2 weeks in advance. Isn't it beautiful?


Mostra de banana's festival Madelena do Mar.jpg  Lapas en wijn in Paul do Mar tijdens de sunset.jpg

In our next blog we will give a tour of our entire project here in Madeira. But for those who can't wait that long, keep a close eye on our social media channels after the weekend.


Anne Rienstra & Dave Huizinga

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