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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from Topsy Turvy Tribe 2017

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 Read more…


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 Read more…


Our Homemade Eco Friendly Christmas Tree

Our Eco Friendly Christmas Tree by Topsy Turvy Tribe

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 Read more…


Rain, Wellingtons, Waterproofs and Puddle Jumping

Splash! Penamacaor, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

We have been waiting for rain for a long time here in Central Portugal. To say the land is in need of a good watering is an understatement. Unlike the UK where there seems to be no lack of the Read more…


Portuguese Quince Marmelada

You might mistakenly think that these pear-like fruits are going mouldy, as Quince are covered in a bizarre greyish fluff whilst growing. Quince turn from dark green to a light green and eventually they are ripe for picking when they Read more…


Sabugal Castle, Guarda, Portugal

Sabugal Castle Lock, Guarda, Portugal

Sabugal Castle or Castelo do Sabugal was built in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The monumental medieval fortress dominates the village, rising above the river Côa with panoramic views of the Sierra Malcata mountain range. The site has a rich Read more…


Olive pressing at the Lagar- Central Portugal

Olive Oil Vats. Ladoeiro, Idanha-a-Nova, Central Portugal

In Central Portugal it is olive picking season. Last week we helped several people in our community to pick their olives. This week, it was time to gather up our bounty and take the olives to the Lagar to be Read more…


Olive Picking in Portugal 

Tractor ride with the olives!

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 Read more…


Halloween Party, Cakes and a Super Moon

Spiderboy in the Halloween Disco, Penamacor, Castelo Branco, Portugal

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 Read more…


Medieval Festa in Idanha-a-Velha

Medieval Music at Idanha-a-Velha Festa, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

Last weekend we went to a Medieval Festa (festival) in the nearby historic village of Idanha-a-Velha. There are a network of villages throughout Central Portugal that have been designated as historic (Aldeias Históricas de Portugal). The twelve historic villages host Read more…