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Will do! When's good to talk landscape plans? We've just put the irrigation in and finished the olive grove/Hoover Dam trees and new citrus orchard in the valley...starting to think about the new build area and what we'll need to do in October/through winter and into next Spring when we plan to open...

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Fantastic - thanks for the advice...great thought. Where was your lodge in the Cape? I used to live there and we have a spot on Kloof Street...really want to visit again next SA summer (before we open up properly and have our travel plans limited!). How's your project in the Algarve going? You're just down the road!

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Thanks a lot - great tip! Will let you know how we get on.

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Leave the concrete ceilings!

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Wow, you've done an amazing job of transforming your future resort!

Regarding the ceiling, I vote for keeping the rustic appeal of the board impressions!

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We were so glad we used insulation on the roof, to help maintain a comfortable temperature inside our Quinta. It makes so much difference. We also lined the roof with reeds, which is traditional here in rural Algarve. Just a thought.

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Dear Ana and Alastair, for a concrete ceiling my personal preference (to get rid of the air raid shelter look :) ) would be a silicate paint (it contains tiny sand like particles which makes it very durable and applicable to rough surfaces - it's used a lot in public buildings and façades in Germany) and I used it for my workshop. Keim (keim.com) is one producer . An advantage is you can choose any colour. Anything white on a ceiling won't stay white very long and ceilings are a hassle to repaint or get repainted. I got mine sent to PT from color24.de but I don't think they have a page in EN. Saudações

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Following your progress closely. You’ve made great strides! We’re doing similar on a much smaller scale, near Sao Bras de Alportel. One thing to consider - have ONE master key for all of your locks - lodge and home. It makes everything so much easier. We did it in our last guesthouse, in Cape Town, and it proved v successful. Stupidly, we didn’t in this one so we have more keys than Newgate Prison! Keep up the good work!

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all I wanted to do was comment on your wooden ceiling but now I have to re-establish what my name is and then tell you about myself again!

I understand that this is possibly to prevent trolls but if you already have my email then surely I don't have to go through the whole rigmarole of establishing that I am the right one...it all becomes so exasperating this proof of life nonsense.

Shelley Bailey

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