Eco & Beyond

By sharing our journey we hope to inspire others to make small changes in their lives towards a more eco-friendly and sustainable future for us all.

A Search for Simplicity

In the spring of 2020 – in the midst of the most surreal year of our lives – my husband (Guy) and I (Kylie) decided we needed to escape the hustle and bustle of London in pursuit of a simpler, more eco-friendly life.

We sold our London flat and moved ourselves (and our two cats) to central Portugal where we’ve bought a neglected small farm and dilapidated farm house in a tiny village near the town of Sertã.

Our no dig veg garden: lettuce, onion, leek, cabbage, broccoli, kale, garlic

Restoration, Renovation, Growing, Cooking, Making and Mending

Over the coming months – or, more likely, years – we plan to restore and modernise this neglected property back to its former glory – using as many natural, local and eco-friendly materials where possible (and as much as we can afford).

We’ve already started clearing the land to create a no-dig garden amid the fruit trees and olive groves. And we hope to grow as much as we can, eat with the seasons and reconnect with our food. We want to get chickens and goats – maybe even pigs – to help us clear and regenerate the land.

Our goal is to live a simpler life and focus on repairing, restoring and making things. And we plan to share as much of this journey as we can – both here and on our YouTube channel.

I’m sure it won’t be easy and I’m sure we’ll make lots of mistakes but that’s half the fun anyway!

So, if you dream of escaping to the countryside – or another country entirely – or if you’re interested in producing or preserving your own food, renovating or restoring old buildings, or just exploring the stunning country of Portugal, stay tuned…

A Little Bit About Us

We’re Kylie (Aussie/British) and Guy (British). We’ve been together for over 11 years and the renovation of our small Portuguese quinta is our fourth major building project together.

When we lived in London we both worked in the tech industry and started the Eco & Beyond website back in 2015 as a way to learn more about eating and living sustainably.

Our website has been through many iterations over the years but the goal has always been to share quality information and practical tips to inspire people like you to live a little more eco-friendly.

Our past content will remain here for those that are searching for it but our new content will focus on sharing our journey of building our eco-friendly homestead in Portugal.

Our first Christmas Day in Portugal – 25/12/2020