Living the Dream

Alyson and Dave Sheldrake were determined to realise their dream of living abroad; so they ended their jobs, packed up everything they owned and moved to the Algarve to start a new life.

You will, of course, be familiar with Alyson as she created the much applauded front cover of Tomorrow’s May edition. Her personal memoir was released on 11th April and is available on Amazon in paperback, large print edition, and eBook version.

Part guidebook and part biography it ranges from hilarious anecdotes about her battle to learn Portuguese, through to setting up their own businesses and creating a society for local artists that won her an entrepreneurial award.

Alyson says; “Once my husband Dave retired from the police in 2011, our long-held dream of living in the sun could become a reality. I handed in my notice, and with my dusty easel and set of acrylic paints packed, I was ready to move and start my new adventure, living in the beautiful Algarve.”

Her honest and helpful account would make a good read for anyone who has ever wondered what moving abroad is really like, and is essential reading for anyone considering moving to Portugal.

Alyson was born in Birmingham in 1968; she always loved art and painting, but found little time for such pleasures after joining the Devon and Cornwall Police in 1992.

After thirteen years with the police, she left to work in the field of education, becoming the Director of Education for the Church of England in Devon in 2008.
Alyson is the author of the award-winning and popular Algarve Blog, and has also been a keynote speaker for several years at the annual ‘Live and Invest in Portugal’ international conference.

She is now an accomplished and sought-after artist working alongside her husband Dave, a professional photographer. Being able to bring their much-loved hobbies and interests to life has been a wonderful bonus to their new life in the Algarve.

You can discover more about the book, including links on where to purchase, and view a free Photo Album to accompany the book, via the Algarve Blog website.



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