Walks Blog – Mar 2016

The Rain in Spain …
It doesn’t often rain here. But when it does, it sure does!  Thirty-eight mm today so far. Good for the farmers, though …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/Poqqmc , 31st March, 2016






Pinolere to La Florida to Las Cuevas
We caught the 345 GuaGua today to high above us where the pine forests begin. Then a walk down through the valley via Pinolere to La Florida and home. The leaves on the vines are growing remarkably quickly now given Teide is still covered in snow. Also, two thatched huts along the route today. Places to store the potato crops we saw flowering everywhere perhaps …?  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/7jLVFY , 29th March, 2016










Moonie Has Reservations!
I love this place, but …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/GSbTNB , 29th March, 2016






Never on the Sabbath?
A coastal visit today. El Caleton – a small fishing hamlet 5 miles north east of us. There were about 15 wee boats pulled up on the shore. The sea was pretty rough today though. Also, I don’t think they fish on Sundays here …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/PRTS4s , 27th March, 2016








Project Management Skills?
A do-er up-er, on the border between Puerto and La Orotava. I’m keen. J not so much …!  
Facebook post:  , 25th March, 2016






Santa Semana
It is Santa Semana (Saint’s Week/Easter) here this week so lots of holidays, celebrations and church services going on. We got into the spirit by taking a “holiday” ourselves today and headed to the South West coast for some sun and a wee sip of sangria …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/MFd5kA , 23rd March, 2016








Tiempo de Fiesta!
Our Canarian neighbours just across the barranco are having a party tonight. The men were fixing a wall earlier but sounds like the vino has been flowing for a while now ….  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/xyFdFE , 20th March, 2016




Hill Run?
A (very!) steep climb up to Tamaide and Pino Alto yesterday. Small hamlets really, high above us. It’s avocados and vines up there – too high for bananas. Dad would have called it a “bitty hill run kind” (i.e. “hillbilly”), but stunning all the same. These are some of the plants and buildings along the way …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/tSgVVK , 20th March, 2016









Peace in Europe
Eating in upmarket La Paz area of Puerto tonight. Lots of octogenarian german-types … food y vino tinto is delicioso though …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/bN6zl4 , 18th March, 2016








GuaGua to Santa Cruz
We visited the capital, Santa Cruz, by bus yesterday. A modern and cosmopolitan Edinburgh-size city (including the higher up La Laguna-the old town and Uni area). The public transport system is good and buses are called GuaGuas – pronounced –  waa waas – such a great word …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/fdj6sK , 17th March, 2016








Winter Golf in the Sun
“Winter League” golf in Tenerife today. One or two issues coz the greens are a wee bit faster than the 6 hole course at Seaton …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/8kAbTG , 15th March, 2016









The Orotava Valley Highlands
Some pics from our hike on Sunday. Circular from La Caldera (a woodland and parkland recreation area, very busy as Sunday afternoon is a big family day here) to Aguamansa and back. Rural Orotava valley here …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/YehMT3 15th March, 2016










Froggy Went a Courtin’ …
Looking north west from the garden. Puerto and the sea. And the barranco below us – we hear the frogs when it gets dark. There must be hundreds by the sounds of it …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/qXksgJ , 13th March, 2016






Ill-Fated Geraniums (But That’s Another Story!)
Another garden pic … Teide, the Atlantic (just), and, most importantly, J’s newly planted geraniums …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/NK2XrB , 13th March, 2016






Me, Me, Me …
That’s cats for you, so selfish … 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/n9vuiM , 12th March, 2016







No – A Different Florida!
We walked to La Florida earlier – a wee place a few hundred meters above where we are (vines and tatties as opposed to bananas.) – via a “back road” from our house. This is one of the first guachinches (pron:wa-cheen-che I think!) on that road. They are eating and drinking places, largely unique to North Tenerife. Basically, a smallholding outhouse where they serve their own home-made food and home-produced vino at extremely low prices. V popular with locals but not renowned for their vegetariano options …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/wTYbZx , 11th March, 2016



All Our Worldly Goods – Well Almost!
Our boxes have arrived …!!!  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/WEgkhS ,11th March, 2016







Celtic Spain
I was at a spin bike class this morning – mainly Spanish peeps. Some of the tracks were modern pipe and fiddle music. Said to J when I got back “it was very nice of them to play some Scottish stuff for me“. He goes “think you’ll find it was Galician folk music” …  #spoiledit  …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/VBNBEZ , 10th March, 2016


The Orotava Valley is Quite Something!
Our place is lower down, to the left of the motorway. Bonny pic …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/qqEjzr , 10th March, 2016







Complejo Deportivo (Sports Complex) El Mayorazgo
Interesting. We checked out this sports complex today – for the pool and gym, not our Olympic training! – in the new part of La Orotava. Muy bueno …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/CNoceF , 9th March, 2016








Madam Furiosa!
So, it was to be a simple blood test to check how her kidney disease is doing. So, off she went. We heard hissing and spitting at the other side of the door. Cleofe, veterinario-lady came back with her – ears back and glowering – and said “let’s leave it today, she’s a little nerviosa“. J said … by looks of her I’d say she’s more FURIOSA!

Back tomorrow for a wee sedation, this time …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/lvp4sy , 9th March, 2016



Getting to Know Our Patch
Some of the houses we passed when we were out walking earlier today, on the outskirts of Puerto de la Cruz and La Orotava. Lots of variety …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/g6ZgWV , 6th March, 2016









Address All Complaints to the Management!
More important things then her scratching post – i.e. 7 boxes of our stuff – are in Customs … in Las Palmas …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/hRddOY , 6th March, 2016






Mañana, Mañana Myth Busted!
From our garden looking up hill, east of Teide. The farmhouse – below the snowy hills – is just across the barranco behind us. We watch the farmer seeing to his vines every day. He works long hours …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/F3uJNp , 5th March, 2016








Getting Settled In!
… #nogoodatselfies …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/59GDCd , 3rd March, 2016







Boss Cat!
No messin’ with Moonie …!  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/6iCu0o , 2nd March, 2016






Our First Calima?
I THINK this is a Calima!? Hot, cloying, sandy dust comes across from the coast of North West Africa … or, it could just be a warm Scottish-type haze …!  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/drU5ou , 2nd March, 2016







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