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

Update posted by Annabel Street On Mar 13, 2018

Hello every body,

I have been a bit quiet recently as we have had so much work to do and with so many big steps forward thanks to your help, we have also had a few set backs due to storms bringing heavy rain which flooded the house with water and mud from the now bare mountain and wind that has broken some of our temporary animal shelters, and brought down fences....it sometimes feels like groundhog day! In the last few months we have had some generous donations and this fund has really been the difference between make or break for us, so from deep within our hearts thank you all so much for the support. We have planted another 300 trees and had the special joy of seeing one of the first trees we planted in the weeks after the fire blossom. For me it is a time of happiness and tears, funny how such simple things now bring me to tears, every sign of life feels like a precious gift. We have also been renovating the house to create rooms and a yoga and healing space to replace the accommodations and healing area that burnt, We have made the decision not to buy any more caravans or vehicles to replace the ones that burnt as they are hard to protect in a fire, instead we are investing in the house as a safe space, it means less accommodation as the house will only provide 3 rooms for guests but we feel that will be ok as long as we keep trusting and creating.

I am posting photos of our progress to our facebook page Honey house vegan retreat and my personal page Annie Street.

In the coming months I hope to post more finished photos, but for now its a work in progress. Thank you for being a part of rebuilding the dream.

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Update posted by Annabel Street On Jan 07, 2018

We would just like to say again a great big thank you to all of you who have donated. The work is not so visable at the moment, and we are slowed down by rain and wind, but we will get there. We now just have the carcass of the ark to remove and then all burnt debris (apart from trees) will have gone.We built a big chicken house and fenced a large area around it. The plan is to encourage the chickens to keep the land clear around the house, but still let them roam free for the 2nd half of the day, this way creating a fire break around the house. We are waiting for confirmation on what we are allowed to build without having to apply for building permission as far as horse shelter and hay storage goes. This time we would like to build from bricks so if a fire or hurricane ever pass through again, the losses will be less, as soon as we get the go ahead our next project is the horses shelter and store room, in the mean time we are sowing seeds, grass and flowers for the bees, improving the fences for the horses and continuing on with refencing the perimeter of the property. I would like to mention some people from Belgium who visited us last year as guests but left as friends. The first is Karen Bernaert and her wonderful children Ona and magnus and partner Jorgen. They started a campaign `pancakes for Portugal` Karen baked and baked and baked, delicious vegan pancakes, she might never be able to look at a pancake again, but in doing so raised an amazing 825 euros for our campagin. Magnus her son even did a talk at school about the fire. Thank you also to https://taklifestyle.wordpress.com/ who supported Karen and helped to spread the word.

The 2nd is Diana Laginestra. Diana sold vegan, gluten free cakes from a little Belgium store called peas, she sold them at work and delivered them to peoples homes to raise money for our campaign, she raised a fantastic 374 euros.

We were also donatted 255 euros by `horsesof the landfiresportugal` which enabled us to buy 56 bales of lovely hay.

Thank you so much, all of you who have supported us, even the smallest donation has helped and will help. As we enter into 2018 we leave behind the exhausting energy of the last months of 2017, but we take with us the love and support of all of you. It has enabled us to carry on, to encourage us that what we do is worthwhile. Onwards and upwards renovating, repairing, and planting our farm, in doing so we also repair and grow ourselves.

Thank you

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Update posted by Annabel Street On Nov 22, 2017

Pictured is Charlotte & Foz planting trees

Update of our progress over the past few weeks
Well it’s been a very productive few weeks, we had a volunteer from Turkey, Alper, stay with us for 5 days. He made his mission collecting the scattered burnt stuff and cutting back dead trees to make way for us to plant new ones. Soon after Alper arrived, Char & Foz, godsends in a blue camper, came to help, they stayed with us for 2 weeks and in that time they did loads. Cleared all that could be from around the Ark, seeded burnt areas, planted and watered trees, bashed in posts and screwed in tape holders to help us get closer to a bigger field for the horses, one of my missions this week is to finish it, they cooked yummy meals, helped in the veggie garden ,cleared brambles to allow more grass to grow and did so much more as well. Christina came to stay and together with Charlotte & Foz held the fort for Adam and I whilst we went away for 3 days for my 40th birthday and recharged our batteries. I am so grateful for that time of being able to recharge, relax and process all that has happened.
Adam and I have been planting, seeding, gardening, searching for hay, bashing posts, and managed to make another small horse area for the horses so they have a little more freedom until the bigger area is ready, along with many other daily jobs. The seeds that we planted a few weeks ago plus the ones already in the ground have been breaking through the blackness, now in many places there is a welcome blanket of green.
We picked up trees from Andrea that were donated by the seed bank in Porto, as well as 10 strawberry trees donated by Wojtek Lysakowski , and this morning I have bought 100 trees from steve in Lidls carpark. Just me at the farm this week and with rain forecast for tomorrow I have a lot of planting to do this afternoon............ more about that in my next update.

Thank you all for your donations, love and support, its hard work and its going to take time, but we will make this Quinta (farm) beautiful and productive again.................


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Charlotte found out about us because of you post on facebook. So thank you so much XXX

Annabel Street

Update posted by Nov 25

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It’s wonderful to see that you’ve been getting some help from volunteers! I’m sure those little shoots of green are a welcome sight indeed.

The Nomadic Vegan

Update posted by Nov 24

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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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Wonderful what you are doing for animals, not enough people do. And they need our protection as they have no voice. We wish you all the best. Sisa & Frank

Sisa Windisch-Graetz

Backed with £100.00 On Jan 08, 2018

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I wish you all the best for 2018 to rebuild your new home, on behalf of Fuxi and Nywa

Juul Seijlhouwerr

Backed with £100.00 On Dec 22, 2017

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Hope this small amount helps you get back on your feet. Give my love to all the animals! Mary x

Mary Nisbet

Backed with £20.00 On Nov 22, 2017

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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

Luuk Akkerman

Backed with £45.00 On Nov 11, 2017

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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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Backed with £20.00 On Nov 01, 2017

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