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 […]

The Flowerpot Minions in Pendleton, Lancashire, UK

Pendleton, England

Guess where we are…the red rose county, home of cotton mills, hotpots, pie, chips and gravy, oh and don’t forget the Pendle witches and magnificent moors, to name but a few.  We are back in Lancashire (of course) for a flying visit to one of most picturesque counties in England, biased?  Well maybe a little… […]

Poppies and Dandelions

Andalucia in Spring is a spectacular place full of life, colour and beauty. If you have holidayed in Spain during summer you can be forgiven for thinking that Spain is a dry, arid land with only a smattering of greenery. In the summer months the heat scorches the land and the foreboding temperatures drain colour […]

Try and Drive During Nap Time, Peace at Last, Road Trip Tips by Topsy Turvy Tribe

Tips to Survive a Road Trip with Small Children

Taking a road trip with your children in our case a two and four year old, can be a wonderful experience full of exploration and adventure, or a tantrum-filled, screaming-journey-to-hell… an utter nightmare. Children in a confined space are hard work, when you have a long road trip to take, either for fun or necessity, […]