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, […]

EMBRACING CHANGES, Lessons learned by an ex-pat family who left the UK rat race in search of a simpler life

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 […]

Topsy Turvy Tribe Christmas 2016 in Andalucia, Spain

A Simpler Life at Christmas

We’ve always loved Christmas, I mean really loved Christmas.  Even pre-children we had our tree up way before the beginning of December.  Now we have two gorgeous boys we have even more reason to celebrate and relive the glee and wonder of believing in magic that is Christmas but could we make our consumerist Christmas […]

Cortijo in remote Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Escaping the Rat Race – A New Chapter

We have been in our new house-sit for just over a week.  We moved away from the the beautiful beaches of Andalusia, the hustle and bustle of the touristic Costa del Sol and travelled up to a remote part of the mountainous province of Granada.  Our Casita is a two bedroomed house adjacent to a Cortijo, […]

Wine Making in Andalucia, Spain

Wine making in Andalucia, Spain

For many years the Malaga province has been famous for it’s sweet fortified wines. The predominant grape variety is the Moscatel, grown on steep terraces in the hills of the Axarquia area. As we were visiting in September, we agreed to help with the grape harvest and wine making! To make wine our first step […]

A Simple Life Escaping the Rat Race. How to Live a Simpler Life...by Topsy Turvy Tribe

A Simpler Life…Escaping the Rat Race

I have a confession to make, some of you might find this really, really shocking… I haven’t bought any clothes for myself for a whole year. 365 days, 12 months, a whole year.  There I said it, phew, it’s out there now.  I know you might be concerned for me, worry that something is most […]

Food & Drink – Grow & Eat Your Own Produce

Food & Drink: Tea: Before we set off we cleared the shelves of all of the boxes of Decaf Ty-phoo from our local pound land, at £1 for 80 bags this is a bargain only 1.25 pence per bag.  We are using a Bodum teapot which gives us 4 cups of tea from one tea-bag, that’s […]

Frugal Family Money & Travel Tips

Money A lot of places in Europe, especially smaller places will only take cash.  Some businesses only take their own countries cards, we found this a lot in Portugal where garages, supermarkets etc would only accept Portuguese cards so it’s always wise to keep some cash to hand. Stash some in your car and on your […]

Upcycling clothes, Make do & Mend

I have a confession to make, I absolutely hate vests with poppers for the little ones.  You know the type, the ones that fasten in the crotch area, can be short or long sleeved and keep their little backs warm.  Yeah, great for the little ones when you pick them up their clothes always seem […]