Chaos The Threenager & Mayhem The Velcro Kid

Having a family is hard work.  Having kids is the ultimate self-sacrifice.  You give, they take.  It’s sometimes such very hard work but always, always worth it.  The tantrums, the crying, the whining (OMG the whining) is sometimes enough to send your brain into meltdown but…it doesn’t last long (keep telling yourself this) and when…

Spanish Campo Life

The boys wake up early in the morning.  Chaos first, always around 5.45, 6am or after if we are lucky.  Then Mayhem around 7am.  They bounce out of bed ready to greet the day head on.  This is an early morning photograph of them exploring.  There is a small wall in the front garden, overlooking…

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…

Living Arrows (30/52) Photograph of the week

Mayhem perfecting his smile during our recent camping trip, when we hit the road again and moved from Central Portugal to Andalucia, Spain.  Ready for our next adventure! ‘You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth’  – Kahlil Gibran

Central Portugal’s Costal Cities & Beautiful Beaches

Mmmmmmm the coast.  The ultimate get away, the endless sea…huge swell of the powerful waves, the crashing and pounding force…let’s just forget a minute about the irritating sand and enjoy the magic of the ocean… The coastline of Portugal is vast.  This thin strip of a country has over 900km of beautiful, dramatic coastline.  Let’s…

Tranquil Tomar

Tomar is a small city well worth a visit. It has an incredible history especially when you look high up on the hillside and see the main attraction, the mysterious Convento de Cristo (Convent of Christ), head quarters of the Knights Templar. The centre of Tomar has a pleasant park with a waterfall, playground, sculptures…

Two kids under Two

When Chaos was born it felt so right.  He was a part of the missing piece of our puzzle.  Hubbie and I had a pretty similar upbringing, both the youngest of three kids and we really wanted kids of our own.  We didn’t meet until we were 32/33 and only felt ready to have kids…

Bee-giners bee-keeping

In the corner of the garden is a bee-hive, cool. In the shed is a box of bee-keeping equipment, in the pantry is a bucket of last year’s dark brown delicious honey.  The ultimate in being frugal, collecting your own honey! How amazing would it be to get up close to a hive of approx…

Luxurious Lisbon (Lisboa)

Lisbon is just fantastic, if you have time, go for longer than a day.  There is just too much to try and squeeze in and our day out really doesn’t do it justice.  The great thing about Lisbon is wandering around the city, most of the attractions are outside, so if you are on a…

Chilled out Coimbra

Coimbra is a relatively small city, which makes it really easy to get around and see the sights on a day trip.  Coimbra  is a great place to base yourself if you are visiting and want to take day trips further afield into central Portugal.  It’s a home of Fado, has a historic centre and…