A Pig's Life, Penamacor, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

Pigs and Acorns on the Portuguese Quinta

The acorns are falling in abundance here in Portugal; some are eaten by birds and small mammals, but they make an amazingly tasty treat for the quinta’s resident pigs! Portugal and Spain are renowned for acorn fed pigs, as it is supposed to enhance the flavour of their meat (ssh, don’t tell the pigs!). Pigs […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mini Burger Gourmet Tapas, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Tapas

Tapas O Tapas, the fantastic Spanish nibble, the variety, the deliciousness and the sheer volume of tapas makes it a quintessential part of Spanish culture and identity.  Sure you can get tapas anywhere now, go to a Spanish restaurant chain in the UK or a €1 tapas bar on the Spanish Costa, to sample these […]

Mayhem Feeding Mummy Figs, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Fabulous Figs

Yum! Sweet, fruity, soft, jammy Spanish figs are ready, packed with fibre, minerals and vitamins and amazingly delicious to eat.  It was great to get Chaos and Mayhem involved to pick plenty of purple and green figs to eat fresh and make into a rich fig chutney.  The two fig varieties from our garden produced […]

Fun in the Swimming Pool, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Heatwave

Scorchio!!!  The Iberian Peninsula has been experiencing rather a large rise in the mercury levels recently.   August is usually the month for 40º plus weather, but the end of June and beginning of July has been seriously hot.  When it’s boiling hot and dry we try everything we can to keep cool, shutters are […]

Biodome, Parque de las Ciencias, Science Museum, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Parque de las Ciencias, Granada

Granada in Spain has numerous museums, the Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias) is centrally located and a perfect place to spark the imagination, for both adults and children alike. There are a variety of buildings and sections to the museum, including an aquarium in the Bio Dome, an Astronomical Observatory (aged 5+) and permanent […]

Clouds at sunset, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Andalucian Sunset

Dramatic and moody Andalucian skies are providing a spectacular show for us each evening.  So beautiful, peaceful and relaxing, you cannot help but marvel at mother nature’s creative palette.  Although no two sunsets are the same, we seem to be guaranteed a rainbow of wonderful colours and the atmospheric low light and dark shadows which […]

Marbella Old Town Clock Tower, Andalcuia, Spain www.topsyturvytribe.com

Marbella Old Town

Marbella is well known as an expensive resort on the Costa del Sol, cool bars, clubs, shops, boutiques, palatial homes, supercars and fine dining restaurants together with beautiful beaches and year round sunshine.  A town where you can party hard and blow your holiday money having a great time.  However, those in the know escape […]