Réponse de Tom :
I cannot control the weather, but if it was 40 degrees at the farm, it would have been 45degrees on the south coast, there is always a 5 degree temperature difference.But there would have been deck chairs and umbrellas, I am in greece at the moment working, with no wind, so i have just changed my working hours, getting up at 0530, working till 1500, then taking a siesta, through the hottest part of the day, then getting up and enjoying the evening cool. Having to use the aircon here i wish i was at home in the beautiful cool of my house, constant 19 degrees, with no aircon. But in order to renovate the rest of the house this winter i had to go away to work. That might also contribute to the lack of comminication, as i have been at sea, the map i have drawn for a female friend, was actually fine for them and everyone else that has used it. GPS does not work here, as (Hidden by Airbnb) have not driven this part.
Watering the garden, i always find relaxing in the evening, and when you water the gardens in the courtyard they give you great salads and herbs to cook with. My cleaning lady has been watering as much as she can, but august in Portugal, is like winter for northern europe, instead of cold its heat and not enough water, the plants go into hibernation, waiting for the rains of october.
The sail i do have photos of, would have destroyed itself by now due to the fact that i have had no one to keep it tight, this is the extremedora, high winds, heat and sun, and rain storms. My apologies, it will be back next year, when i am there full time, which solves alot of the above problems.
Along with the map i have sent a message explaining the keys are in a certain place, in the kitchen, thankyou for making that now public knowledge, i will ask the cleaning lady to change location! i will also work on various language versions on this, i dont think that helped
I am the cheapest place to rent in that valley, i dont want packege tours here, if you want that and cooler climate, try northern europe in august, espeacally if you bring a 70 year old with health problems, i hope he gets better, but maybe not the best destination for him. My 70 year old parents visit spring and autumn, and love the climate escaping the rains of northern europe.
I have only rented for the 2 busy months due to not having someone to help, with cleaning and communication. In september we start building for next year, and i feel being there full time , will solve all the other problems, still waiting for tow truck to turn up, but its portugal.
My apologies for the heat wave. And until i buy satelite internet, as due to location of a certain hill, no tv or wifi.
Because you come here to get away from that , i thought?