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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…


Pendleton, England

The Flowerpot Minions in Pendleton, Lancashire, UK

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 Read more…


Poppies and Dandelions

Andalucia in Spring is a spectacular place full of life, colour and beauty. If you have holidayed in Spain during summer you can be forgiven for thinking that Spain is a dry, arid land with only a smattering of greenery. Read more…


Tips to Survive a Road Trip with Small Children

Try and Drive During Nap Time, Peace at Last, Road Trip Tips by Topsy Turvy Tribe

Taking a road trip with your children in our case a two and four year old, can be a wonderful experience full of exploration and adventure, or a tantrum-filled, screaming-journey-to-hell… an utter nightmare. Children in a confined space are hard Read more…


​Living on the Edge

Topsy Turvy Tribe on a family hike in the Alpujharas

Being the parent of a child that is seriously ill is the worst thing you can ever imagine…and then some.  You never think it will happen to you, to your baby, to your family but it does.  It hits you Read more…


Embracing Changes

EMBRACING CHANGES, Lessons learned by an ex-pat family who left the UK rat race in search of a simpler life

After the shock of our youngest boy, Mayhem being seriously ill, we quit our jobs, quit the rat race and moved our family to Spain to seek out a simpler life.  This is how leaving the UK has changed our family. Read more…


The best playground in Spain..?

The Best Playground in Spain, Antequera, Andalucia, Spain by Topsy Turvy Tribe

Antequera in Andalucia has so much to offer, the wonderful old town, Alcazaba, Lovers Rock, the Dolmens, weird rocks in the nearby El Torcal Natural park and a lagoon home to flamingos, all make a visit worthwhile.  As a family Read more…