Andrea is a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader originally from Lancashire in Great Britain, now residing in Central Portugal. She has a B.A. in Fine Arts from Birmingham University, and a PGCE in Design & Technology.  Andrea writes and blogs at


Arts, walking, cycling, hiking, family, photography


Central Portugal

Living on the Edge

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 like a car crash, a head-on impact by an out of control ten tonne truck. BOOM!
When I was first pregnant with Chaos (now four) I was so grateful and happy, I allowed myself a few dark thoughts about what if things went wrong, what if I miscarried or the baby was still born, what if…Luickly none of my pregnancy fears were founded Chaos came into the world after a rather long labour that I’d rather not recall too vividly. He was and still is wonderful, after a few feeding problems due to tongue tie, he thrived and did fantastically, reaching all his milestones and climbed the percentiles perfectly.

Idanha-a-Nova Lake

Idhana-a-Nova in Central Portugal is a remote and ancient part of Portugal and home to a spectacular lake. Idhana-a-Nova lake is within the perimeters of the Geopark Naturejo, which forms part of the Global Network of National Geoparks created by UNESCO. Geoparks are a place where geological heritage is connected to broader aspects of the natural and cultural environment, which are often determined by geology and landscape. This area is almost in Spain and surrounded by ancient, and significant historical villages, such as Idanha-a-Velha and Monsanto, where you can find fantastically preserved Roman remains and beautiful villages with a rich history.