Walks Blog – Jun 2016

Always Have a Plan C  !
With temperatures back to normal we looked forward to a good walk today. Plans A and B didn’t work out as much of the island is in low cloud right now. As always, though, the East coast was hot and sunny at Candelaria, and Playa de la Viuda, where we walked to. We were in a similar area only 2 months ago – it is so much drier now and the plants are mostly gone ’till summer is over. Still bonny in a different way though …  
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West of the Sahara
The west coast today. Still a hint of the Saharan calima, so it’s hazy and incredibly hot. 32 degrees here on the coast right now, with the pueblos on the hills inland reporting 37 …   
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Noche de San Juan
So we have a wee calima on the Noche de San Juan (midsummer festival) here in Callao Salvaje where there will be bonfires and parties on the beach tonight. High temps (34 degrees) and low humidity. Perfecto for some … well, me …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/3vL5gw , 23rd June, 2016







Calima Coming?
Just finished watering the garden … word is we could have a Calima (hot wind bringing sand from the Sahara) here by the weekend …  
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Serendipity …
Nipped out for a curry in Costa Adeje tonight. Stumbled upon a sunset …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/Vrbz5f , 19th June, 2016





Old Taucho
We stumbled across the aftermath of a wee fiesta in Taucho. The streets were lined with old photographs of the village and the villagers. So interesting! And, just as at home in those days, it’s clear it mostly wasn’t acceptable to smile in photos …  
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Only a few miles inland and up 900 metres, and into a different world. Taucho is a small farming village in Adeje municipality. Never let it be said – as I might have done before today – that nothing grows in the dry and arid South! It’s stunning …  
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Holiday Town and Hill Town
Two very different views of Adeje municipality today. First, Costa Adeje, then Taucho. On the Costa, we walked from La Caleta through the upmarket El Duque holiday area to Fañabe – and could have carried on through Las Americas to Los Cristianos 10 kms away. IF we’d had the energy and IF we’d had the factor 50 with us! …  
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Tiger Genes
J had to stop her heading down the stairs for a stand off. At 16 years old, our Moonie is … #feisty  … !  
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South or North?
In the South again this weekend. “Differente en el norte y el sur” as the Canarios say. Both have their attractions …  
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When it Rains, it Rains !
Solidarity with Aberdeen tonight in the Orotava Valley … it’s not supposed to rain here in June …!  
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Trivial Pursuits
A bit of politics trivia today! There are a string of fine fish restaurants that rise up the hill on a cobbled promenade from Los Abrigos harbour – at least one of them world-famous – and not just because Angela Merkel recently had lunch there on her way to a walking holiday with her husband on the nearby island of La Gomera …  
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Checking Out Golf del Sur and Los Abrigos
What a surprise … it seems the South is pretty too … !   
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Curry Time!
For J’s birthday he wanted a curry. So … we’re in the South. He’s had a Guinness in the Irish bar and now it’s a G&T. Curry next … 63 today … ?!?  
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They Definitely Promised – Never Again!
It’s for ONE night …!  
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Fabulous Blooms
Some of the fab flowers we encountered on our coastal walk from San Juan de la Rambla, earlier today …  
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The farmers are not happy – much like at home … as Spring has been very poor here. “¿Primavera malo? ¡FATALE!” was the opinion of our neighbour across the barranco. It seems to us that things are coming on well – but I guess a little later than usual. It has been cloudy all day today, but these pics, taken earlier, remind us why some cloud is essential up in this lovely area …  
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A Miraculous Transformation ...
Half an hour ago the skies were full of cloud. Now this …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/vjor1s, 9th June, 2016






Our Fiery Feline
Forgets she’s 80 in human years …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/j4EZwh , 9th June, 2016






Visions of Scotland?
A short drive along the coast this afternoon to check out San Marcos, the beach resort for the town of Icod de los Vinos. Some of the scenery in the north really does remind me of parts of Scotland …!  
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Dimming of the Light
Last rays of the sunset here, looking down to Puerto de la Cruz from our place. We think summer has arrived – 22 degrees as I post this and expecting night time low around 18. Not much inclined to go indoors to watch Wallander on TV …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/THraSB , 8th June, 2016





Garden of Tenerife
Tegueste, where we started our walk, is a large and busy town in the North. It has a rich agricultural heritage and, today, is known as the “Garden of Tenerife”. Today, it was easy to see why. Another stunner … !  
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Anaga At Last!
So we made it to the Anaga mountains today. An ambition since we arrived here 4 months ago but, until a few days ago, they have been mostly immersed in cloud. Not today though! Our destination was Mesa (Table) de Tejina plateau – the shortest climb we could find. Two hours later, and a wee bit puffed, we got there …  
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Where Eagles Soar
Enjoying a hot and sunny walk high above Tegueste, watching kestrels and an eagle above us …  
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No Worries!
Needless to say I was a wee bit worried about the welfare of the cattle involved in the Orotava Romeria. However, they were all very docile and seemed to take it in their stride. Each float moved for about an hour down the steep Orotava streets and it was obvious that, for most people there, the cattle and the cattle-dudes were the stars of the procession. As they reached the end, the cattle were quickly unyoked and taken for some hay and water before being loaded onto trucks and back to their homes. The cattle-dudes dealt with all this while their chums on and behind the floats forgot all about them and got the parties started …!  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/E8UI6h , 5th June, 2016



Celebrating San Isidro
The big day arrived – the Romeria de La Orotava – the end of almost a week of celebrations for Orotavans. It was huge! The floats just kept coming – over 60, each representing a village/farm/pueblo in the valley. and it seemed like everyone in Tenerife had come to join in! The festival celebrates San Isidro, a farm worker who, because of his endless good deeds, became a saint. As you do …  However, talking to locals, while everyone knows the history, it’s really about singing, dancing, eating, drinking and loving life. The music and dancing were fabulous and each float was giving away huge amounts of food, sweets and wine to everyone …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/a0YC1H , 5th June, 2016


Ruminating …
Alison thinks the cows might be saying …”Jeez……the Romeria again! Keeps them happy I spose. Longs they keep the hay coming…” …   
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/6FUIdv , 5th June, 2016






Delightful Dacil
This beautiful fountain in La Orotava commemorates the Guanche princess Dacil who married a Spanish army captain around 1485. Reputedly, she was described as blonde, with freckles and green eyes (familiar characteristics of the Guanches, apparently). The marriage is celebrated as an important union of the aboriginal Guanche inhabitants of the Canaries and the Spanish Conquistadors … which is fine, but rather glosses over the widespread genocide of the defeated taking place at the time …!  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/r4N3UP , 5th June, 2016





Clearing Skies in Anaga
Up the coast in the “very far north” (18 miles away from La Orotava) is Bajamar and Punta del Hildago. They have the Anaga mountains as a backdrop so are often shrouded in cloud. Not today though! The sea was still pretty rough with huge swells battering the lido. Tenerifiños are a tough lot, though, and don’t particularly do health and safety …!  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/a0YC1H , 4th June, 2016



Fishermen’s Friends
In the small towns and villages in Tenerife where fishing is still active, the fishermen’s associations (Cofradia de Pescadores) invariably operate highly regarded restaurants/bars. This afternoon, the Cofradia restaurant in Punta del Hidalgo was busy with discerning seafood diners licking their fingers … whilst we stuck to the bar for a cooling lager …    This is one of the most northerly points in Tenerife … a rather chillier Iceland is the next northern landfall …!  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/e5FxwF , 4th June, 2016



Mercadillos del Agricultor
We’ve been doing the rounds of the Farmers Markets here. They’re held in different places on different days. They vary in size but all are great quality and incredibly cheap. And you get only what is in season right now – so plenty of my favourite chilli peppers today but “nae” pears! This morning we were at the one in Tacaronte. Note the size of, well, ALL the veg …!  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/N31QFa , 4th June, 2016



We Can Do It!
Yesterday evening we enjoyed a very nice meal in a modest little Italian restaurant La Orotova, owned and run by an Italian couple (who spoke perfect Spanish and sufficient English, of course …   ). My female dining companion was particularly taken by these two items of wall art – which will be no surprise to those who know her well …!  
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Orotava Sand Carpets
And the sand carpets. 6 weeks of incredibly intricate work which will disappear later tonight. This is the first year that two of the three sections depict modern day world themes – the plight of refugees fleeing their homes and bringing education to remote parts of the world. Previously, all three sections depicted religious symbolism. It is interesting that the town house is open to everyone for these occasions – all citizens of La Orotava and not just the “great and the good”. That’s just how it is here…  
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The Flower Streets of La Orotava
So today was the big day for La Orotava folks. The flower carpets (alfombras) lining the streets need to be ready for 7 pm when the Corpus Christi procession leaves the church and follows the route of the flower carpets – treading on them as they go! Then, a local lady told us, by morning, all trace of the carpets are gone. Including the main sand carpets which have been worked on since mid-April …   Hopefully, the pics give some indication of the incredible amount of work that goes into the carpets …  


Facebook post: https://goo.gl/rbLouz , 2nd June, 2016


Corpus Christi
Last night in La Orotava on the eve of the Corpus Christi celebrations.The atmosphere was incredible. People of all ages everywhere – singing, walking, drinking, dancing. Some were even praying – it being a religious festival after all …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/aLKkUH , 2nd June, 2016









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