Help us and our animals restore our once beautiful vegan retreat destroyed by fires in Portugal

Update posted by Annabel Street On Nov 01, 2017

15 days ago we evacuated our farm due to the wildfires raging through Portugal and lost Jessica our beautiful cat. Her cat carriers door opened as she was being moved to a safe space on the other side of the village. The sound and the heat of the fire was huge and she ran with fear into the old peoples home and from there into a field. It was a safe space. There was no time to look for her, more of our animals needed evacuating from our farm. I went back the next day and every day after that looking for her, calling her name, I was talking to her with my mind and I could feel her in my heart so I knew she was not dead. The images she showed me and others that helped, were so typical to where we live, but still I searched for every new image she showed us. We lost her 1.4 km from our farm. Much of the land between had been burnt and she had 2 streams/rivers to cross to get home.

What made me so sad about this incident is it was like history repeating itself for Jessica. Just over 2 years ago Adam and I were driving along a quiet country lane, when the car in front of us threw Jessie out of the window. I jumped out of the car and grabbed Jessie and Adam chased the car. But they didn't stop. I was worried Jessie might feel like we threw her away too.

This morning I opened the door to let out the dogs and let in our other cats and guess who was in line.......Jessie! With a little mew and her tail stroking my leg, just like normal. I thought I was dreaming.

A lightness has come to both Adam and I, seeing her eat, drink and now curl up on the bed and rest is pure bliss. Our little Jessie Messy Face is home.

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That is such wonderful news! I’m so happy to see you together again.

The Nomadic Vegan

Update posted by Nov 03

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Oooohhh myyy !!! So so so so happy to read this !!!! Welcome back jessie :-) such a lovely picture you have painted ××××

Amy Cheng

Update posted by Nov 01

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Update posted by Annabel Street On Oct 30, 2017

Freedom after the fire.
For the last 13 days the horses have been in the guest dog garden, a 40m x 10m run which was not affected by the fires. Yesterday the fence energiser and tape arrived and we were able to secure a small paddock area for them. This has meant for the first time in 13 days they have been able to have a gallop and throw their legs in the air, something they normally do daily. We used extra high wooden poles and 3 tiers of tape to make sure they can not get out as we have not yet begun the huge task of re fencing the perimeter fence which was nearly all burnt. Tomorrow we will start to focus on the rest of the land bit by bit, we will buy mixed grass seed and irrigation sprinkler type things, to try and get some grass growing to protect the top soil on the burnt areas before the heavy rains come and wash it all away. Thank you to all of you who have supported us during this exhausting time. We really do appreciate it and are blown away by the kindness we have received from friends, family and people we have never met before. Thank you Watch the Horses having a gallop in their new paddock

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Update posted by Annabel Street On Oct 27, 2017

Thanks to all your generous donations, yesterday I drove to Spain to get good hay for the horses. Lady came with me and helped with the hay selection. On the way home the van was so stuffed with hay ( I even broke bales up to fill the gaps) that she had too travel home on my lap. We got stopped by the Spanish border police, but ladies little face melted their hearts and they let us drive on.

Whilst Lady and I were crossing borders, Adam and the rest of the gang were cleaning and scraping melted plastic and other debris from the ground, where the horse equipment shed used to stand. It looks so much better with each day of cleaning and removing of the burnt stuff. Little grass shoots are starting to appear and our next task is to get irrigation to the bottom field so as to help it grow even more. With temperatures up to 30 c predicted for the next few days, we need to water as much as possible.

Thank you again for your support

With love and gratitude Annie, Adam and the Animals

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Kayoko Sawamura

Update posted by Oct 27

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Update posted by Annabel Street On Oct 24, 2017

Hello from us all,

Thank you so much for all your generous donations we are truly grateful. Today we bought 150 poles to start the process of re fencing the farm, We will start with fencing a safe area for the horses as I think they are truly fed up with being in the dog garden. Molly is super happy with her replacement head collar which I found in a little shop on the spanish border, she can now be free on the land and if she does wander onto the neighbours land it's easy to bring her back. Tomorrow morning I will put the poles in and get the electric fencing set up, hopefully 400m of tape, and a solar fence energiser arriving tomorrow. Then in the evening I will drive to Spain again to get more hay. Adam has done an amazing job cleaning up the caravan that burnt, he has cut the chasi into bits and brought all the other debris up to the gate, so we can take it to the scrap man, we have also almost cleared 3 terraces nearer to the house that must have been a dumping ground for the previous owners, in turning over the soil we discovered old bikes, pots, loads of broken glass that is dangerou for the animals and even a washing machine, Adam has also started to clear and turn over some of the burnt soil that used to be a hedge near the house ready for us to plant fire resistant trees, so as to give privacy but not be a danger.

Such a long journey ahead of us, but with your help we are able to start walking the path back to where we where before the fire, hopefully making the farm even more beautiful as we do.

We thank you all so much. You have made this possible. With much love and gratitude in our hearts we wish you all a lovely evening x


Molly inspecting the poles

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Kayoko Sawamura

Update posted by Oct 25

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I shall be glad to help such a grreat cause - just as soon as the machinery allows.

Gerard Vaughan

Update posted by Oct 24

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I had the good fortune to visit with Annie and Adam in their little piece of paradise shortly before the fires. It truly is a wonderful, peaceful place on this earth. A few days there and I left feeling restored in body and mind, due to the place, the people and the delicious vegan home cooked foods. Hopefully with the help of myself and others it will become again what it once was

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Hoped so hard the fires would not reach Melo after hearing about them. We saw your messages on Facebook about the big losses and stressful period, but also about your strength and flexibility to fully recover from it. Good luck and we'll think about your more when making a vegan Sheppard's pie over here coming week like the lovely one we had at your place. Love, Luuk and Stephanie - Oct 2016

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Much love from us all xxx

Cat Armstrong

Backed with £100.00 On Nov 01, 2017

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hope to go back to honey stables as it was soon!

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It's inspiring to see what you've been able to accomplish already. Keep sending the updates! I know you will make Honey House even better than it was before.

The Nomadic Vegan

Backed with £25.00 On Oct 31, 2017

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