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By: Paul Francis

Driving a Cat to Portugal and Building a House When We Get There

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While waiting to board a plane for our annual holiday, my wife and I exchanged a few words,

Me: Where’s Faro?

Wife: Portugal.


Little did we know, that fleeting conversation would lay the blueprint for our future. Soon, the allure of Portugal would not only inspire our next holiday destination, it would beckon us to transform a passing fancy into a permanent address in the sun-kissed hills of São Brás de Alportel.


Amidst our major life decisions, the laughs, the frowns, the ups and downs, Marli (our much loved cat, who was prone to car sickness) takes centre stage. From her early years in Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, UK, to her sunlit retirement in Portugal, Marlis journey mirrors our own, from idealism to realism, (with pit-stops at Bafflement, Bliss, Disappointment and Delight).


Follow our tale from whimsical date-night daydreams to the concrete steps of buying land and building a home in a foreign country. This narrative isnt just about relocating- its a candid and humorous exploration of love, hope, challenges, and the sheer unpredictability of life.


We had a dream, we had each other, and we had Marli.


What could possibly go wrong?

Combining his successful career as a professional musician,

(featuring tours, TV and film, radio, and session work) with

his academic profile within higher education, Paul continues

to enjoy his musical and creative journey. Alongside his

performance and educating duties, Paul is also the co-inventor

of The Pegmate—a revolutionary tuning aid for orchestral

stringed instruments. Having had musical works and books

published, he now extends his portfolio with Driving a Cat to

Portugal and Building a House When We Get There.

When not ‘music-ing!’ Paul can be found watching his

favoured sport of Rugby League.

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  • Catherine

    A good easy read with honesty, humour and humility. I'd love to have their cat!

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