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Goodbye 2017, Happy New Year

Topsy Turvy Tribe

Goodbye 2017 and hello to 2018! This year has been amazing, living in the Granada region of Spain, deep in the Spanish campo has been totally inspiring. We have travelled all over Andalucia and been outside every single day, walking, Read more…


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…


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…


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…


Living Off Grid in Central Portugal

Chaos and his Lego Caravan, Penamacor, Castelo Branco, 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 Read more…


Mayhem Turns Three!

Mayhem Turns 3, Penamacor, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

There is no greater gift for us as parents than to see our boys grow up, we feel so lucky and privileged that both our boys are healthy and developing so amazingly.  It’s been such a busy year since Mayhem’s Read more…


Cork Oaks in Portugal

Caravan in the Woods, Penamacor, Castelo Branco, Portugal

The cork oak tree is a beautiful statuesque tree that is Portugal’s national tree.  Before living in Portugal we had no idea how cork was produced, or that it was Portugal’s main industry.  Fossilised remains of these ancient trees have Read more…


Two Years Since Surgery

First Smile after coming around from anesthetic, day after your operation, Alder Hey Hopsital, Liverpool

It is only now, with the wonderful gift of hindsight that I realise that we spent a good portion of the last two years in a kind of shock and disbelief at what happened to you.  I never thought it Read more…


Home

Atmospheric Moody Skies and the Gorgeous Moors of Lancashire

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 Read more…


Blackpool

Blackpool, the mega of the North West, the quintessential Lancastrian seaside town.  The Golden mile, the Winter Gardens and of course, Blackpool Tower and the Pleasure Beach.  Blackpool benefited from a railway in the 1840’s and visitor numbers soon swelled. Read more…