Christmas Sunset, Costa del Sol, Andalucia, Spain

Christmas Sunsets in the Costa Del Sol

You really can’t beat a good sunset. The Costa del Sol, where we are visiting for the Christmas holidays, has some stunning sunsets. Especially when looking over the mountains, across the Mediterranean sea to Morocco. Maybe it’s the expanse of sky, or the very bright and sunny days, or a combination of both that produce […]

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 […]

Vila Madeiro Penamacor, Portugal at Christmas Time

There are many Christmas traditions in Portugal, some the same as the UK and some completely different! On Christmas Eve a celebratory evening meal (consoada) of codfish (bacalhau) with potatoes and green peppers is eaten. As is very normal in Portugal, the main meal is followed by a truck load of sugar filled desserts and […]

Our Eco Friendly Christmas Tree by Topsy Turvy Tribe

Our Homemade Eco Friendly Christmas Tree

The past couple of years we have massively changed our thoughts about Christmas, opting for a more simpler approach to gift giving and to Christmas itself. No more evenings spent online shopping, no more endless shopping expeditions and no more useless and unwanted gifts purchased for family members and friends. We have consciously decided only […]

Tractor ride with the olives!

Olive Picking in Portugal 

Olive picking starts early in Portugal, as the season begins in November. We have now picked olives in France, Portugal and Spain. Each experience has been very different. In France olives are raked with small hand combs into the nets below.  In Southern Spain olives aren’t picked until after Christmas, and generally involve tree shakers […]

Exploring, Fonte do Pego, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal.

Fonte do Pego, Portugal

Set inside a gorge full of fossils, a short walk from a preserved traditional millers house with a working watermill stone and overlooked by Penha Garcia castle you will find the most spectacular natural swimming pool.  Fonte do Pego has to be the best way to cool down ever.  A beautifully crafted swimming hole utilising the […]

Archidona, Malaga, Andalucia, Spain

Archidona, Spain

In the very centre of Andalucia you will find the rural town of Archidona.  Set  amongst olive groves of the Sierra de Gracia, with amazing views of the surrounding countryside.  Archidona once had an impenetrable Moorish Castle and was designated a historico-artistic site in 1980 for baroque, urban and architectural heritage.  At the centre of […]

Donkey Power, Central Portugal

Road Trip

After a flying visit to the UK to sort out some things left in storage we  headed back to the Iberian Peninsula the long way.  We hitched up our fully loaded caravan and packed car and left Lancashire bright and early to arrive in sunny Newhaven for an afternoon ferry to Dieppe.  The French part […]

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… […]

Butterfly, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Creatures Great and Small

It is always so delightful to be out and about with the family and encounter amazing creatures.  An opportunity for Chaos and Mayhem to marvel at the wonder of nature close up; a great way to appreciate the incredible variety of animals, observe animal behaviour and learn not to be fearful of animals but to treat them them with care and respect. It makes our hearts soar to see our boys so inquisitive and full of wonder, marvelling at nature and the extensive variety of creatures great and small.