Topsy Turvy Tribe

Goodbye 2017, Happy New Year

Goodbye 2017 and hello to 2018! This year has been amazing, living in the Granada region of Spain, deep in the Spanish campo has been totally inspiring. We have travelled all over Andalucia and been outside every single day, walking, hiking, playing and exploring. At the end of the very, very hot summer we moved […]

Merry Christmas from Topsy Turvy Tribe 2017

Merry Christmas

This Christmas we have travelled from Central Portugal to the Costa del Sol in Spain to spend some quality time with family; Grandma, Grandad, Aunties, Uncles and cousins, just as it should be at Christmas time perfect. It’s not quite as cold as England here, in fact we spent this afternoon on the beach. The boys were […]

Splash! Penamacaor, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

Rain, Wellingtons, Waterproofs and Puddle Jumping

We have been waiting for rain for a long time here in Central Portugal. To say the land is in need of a good watering is an understatement. Unlike the UK where there seems to be no lack of the odd downpour, in Portugal rain is scarce and welcomed with open arms. There were horiffic fires […]

Spiderboy in the Halloween Disco, Penamacor, Castelo Branco, Portugal

Halloween Party, Cakes and a Super Moon

This week was a momentous occasion, much more important than Halloween itself; it was Chaos’ first school party. A Halloween party at the Alternative International School which Chaos attends. It was all hands on deck. Chaos and his friends at school made tonnes of decorations. Parents were given the onerous task of creating ‘spook’tacular food […]

Chaos and his Lego Caravan, Penamacor, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

Living Off Grid in Central Portugal

Never in our wildest dreams did we ever imagine that our family would live in a caravan, without mains running water or electricity but here we are, living off grid in Central Portugal! When we first came to Portugal housesitting in 2015 we were surprised to find one of our neighbours, a family of five, […]

Mayhem Turns 3, Penamacor, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

Mayhem Turns Three!

There is no greater gift for us as parents than to see our boys grow up, we feel so lucky and privileged that both our boys are healthy and developing so amazingly.  It’s been such a busy year since Mayhem’s 2nd Birthday, moving from Spain,  visiting the UK and back to Portugal. It’s all whizzed […]

Caravan in the Woods, Penamacor, Castelo Branco, Portugal

Cork Oaks in Portugal

The cork oak tree is a beautiful statuesque tree that is Portugal’s national tree.  Before living in Portugal we had no idea how cork was produced, or that it was Portugal’s main industry.  Fossilised remains of these ancient trees have been found dating back over ten million years!  The oldest cork oak in the world, […]

First Smile after coming around from anesthetic, day after your operation, Alder Hey Hopsital, Liverpool

Two Years Since Surgery

It is only now, with the wonderful gift of hindsight that I realise that we spent a good portion of the last two years in a kind of shock and disbelief at what happened to you.  I never thought it was possible.  I never dreamed or dared to imagine that our child, our baby, could […]

Atmospheric Moody Skies and the Gorgeous Moors of Lancashire

Home

Home has been somewhat redefined for our family over the last couple of years.  Paul is from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire then Cornwall, I am from Lancashire.  We met in London then after a few years moved to Kent where Chaos and Mayhem were both born.  When Mayhem became seriously ill we were lucky enough to be […]

Blackpool

Blackpool, the mega of the North West, the quintessential Lancastrian seaside town.  The Golden mile, the Winter Gardens and of course, Blackpool Tower and the Pleasure Beach.  Blackpool benefited from a railway in the 1840’s and visitor numbers soon swelled.  By the 1880’s the resort had piers, chips shops, a promenade, donkey rides, trams and […]