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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…


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…


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…


A Simpler Life at Christmas

Topsy Turvy Tribe Christmas 2016 in Andalucia, Spain

We’ve always loved Christmas, I mean really loved Christmas.  Even pre-children we had our tree up way before the beginning of December.  Now we have two gorgeous boys we have even more reason to celebrate and relive the glee and Read more…


Escaping the Rat Race – A New Chapter

Cortijo in remote Granada, Andalucia, Spain

We have been in our new house-sit for just over a week.  We moved away from the the beautiful beaches of Andalusia, the hustle and bustle of the touristic Costa del Sol and travelled up to a remote part of the Read more…


Wine making in Andalucia, Spain

Wine Making in Andalucia, Spain

For many years the Malaga province has been famous for it’s sweet fortified wines. The predominant grape variety is the Moscatel, grown on steep terraces in the hills of the Axarquia area. As we were visiting in September, we agreed Read more…


A Simpler Life…Escaping the Rat Race

A Simple Life Escaping the Rat Race. How to Live a Simpler Life...by Topsy Turvy Tribe

I have a confession to make, some of you might find this really, really shocking… I haven’t bought any clothes for myself for a whole year. 365 days, 12 months, a whole year.  There I said it, phew, it’s out Read more…


Food & Drink – Grow & Eat Your Own Produce

Food & Drink: Tea: Before we set off we cleared the shelves of all of the boxes of Decaf Ty-phoo from our local pound land, at £1 for 80 bags this is a bargain only 1.25 pence per bag.  We are Read more…


Frugal Family Money & Travel Tips

Money A lot of places in Europe, especially smaller places will only take cash.  Some businesses only take their own countries cards, we found this a lot in Portugal where garages, supermarkets etc would only accept Portuguese cards so it’s always Read more…


Bee-giners bee-keeping

In the corner of the garden is a bee-hive, cool. In the shed is a box of bee-keeping equipment, in the pantry is a bucket of last year’s dark brown delicious honey.  The ultimate in being frugal, collecting your own Read more…