​Living on the Edge

Being the parent of a child that is seriously ill is the worst thing you can ever imagine…and then some.  You never think it will happen to you, to your baby, to your family but it does.  It hits you like a car crash, a head-on impact by an out of control ten tonne truck….

Embracing Changes

After the shock of our youngest boy, Mayhem being seriously ill, we quit our jobs, quit the rat race and moved our family to Spain to seek out a simpler life.  This is how leaving the UK has changed our family. Community We are by no means the hub of the community but we know our…

The best playground in Spain..?

Antequera in Andalucia has so much to offer, the wonderful old town, Alcazaba, Lovers Rock, the Dolmens, weird rocks in the nearby El Torcal Natural park and a lagoon home to flamingos, all make a visit worthwhile.  As a family with two young toddlers we also keep an eye out for decent playgrounds on our…

Valentino the Shepherd

We met Valentino when we were out for a walk with the boys, down at Rio Pesquera, near to the small village of Zagra, in the Granada Province of Andalucia, Spain.  We have explored this area quite a few times and keep going back because of the stunning scenery and a walk interesting enough to keep…

Ten Tips for Hiking & Walking with Young Children

We try to get out for a walk every day, even if it’s only a short walk in our campo (countryside).  We have the luxury of wonderful weather, most days (yes it does rain in Spain) and spectacular scenery.  We have always enjoyed walking and hiking and really hope that we can pass on our…

Slide, Bounce, Hop

It is always a great pleasure to watch the boys at a park, playing anyway they choose; having some spontaneous fun supported just by some space and simple structures.  No structure, no rules, unless they choose to invent some. What imaginative play items will they be trying to sell you from their virtual shop under the…

Chaos the Threenager turns Four

It is difficult to believe that you are now four years old.  It seems like you have been with us forever; so hard to imagine what life was like before you finally came screaming and squirming into the world.  A big shock to you, being removed from such a comfortable place and a massive one…

Fun at Torrox Costa

The boys had a great time playing on this new huge Gaudi-esq undulating tiled installation which spreads along the the Carr. de Algeria and Av. de Andalucia in Torrox Costa, Malaga, Andalucia. This area is famed for ‘La major clima de Europa (The best climate in Europe).  It was raining and cold up in the…

The Olive Pickers

The quiet campo (countryside) in the hills above Granada, Andalucia, suddenly spring to life at the end of December.  Christmas and the festive season takes second place for most, as harvesting the olives becomes the priority, almost a way of life, as it is the main industry and therefore main source of income.  There are…

Farewell 2016, Happy New Year!

This year has been a truly amazing year for our little tribe.  We started off the year living in peaceful central Portugal, then made the move to Spain for our next housesitting assignment.  Our first stop was within a stones throw of the Costa del Sol in Spain, but still a good distance away from…