The gift of music

What does music mean to you ? Music means different things to different people, it can evoke good or bad memories,happy or sad times, it can be an inspiration, it can be uplifting, it can be a reminder of what you had or what you could have. Music can be all of these things and more, I find it a very powerful media, and often listen to certain songs when I need motivated in any direction.
Some of my favourite songs (not in any particular order) are –

Don`t Worry – Bob Marley
Can`t be with you tonight – Judy Boucher
Simply The Best – Tina Turner
This is my Life – Shirley Bassey
Bridge over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel
Sweet sixteen – The Fureys

I would love to hear what your favourites are.

Tip of the week

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil has been the most popular essential oil for centuries. I remember my gran using dried lavender in bags in her linen drawers, I have dried lavender and used it in potpourri.

The essential oil has many uses

Skin – sunburn, bruises, insect bites, cuts.
circulation – muscle aches and pains.
nervous system – stress headache, insomnia.

You can put a few drops on a handkerchief or a piece of kitchen roll and slip it into you pillowcase for a relaxing nights sleep.

Lavender oil is one of the essential oils that you can put directly onto your skin. Very effective for minor burns.

Walk on the wild side.

WoW! Just done something I have been wanting to do for ages, but have been putting it off. We have lived in Tenerife for 8 years and have a few hills behind our apartment, I have seen people walking over the hills and wondered what was up there, but have never ventured up until today. There are a few reasons why I wanted to give it a go. (1) I was curious to what the views would be like, (2) I wondered if I was fit enough to climb up the hill and (3) it is good exercise.
I am glad I wore my trainers, because the terrain was rocky and there was a lot of shingle, with no real path, but I did manage it,a bit slippy on the way down though.
I practically live in flip-flops, in fact I do not own any shoes only sandals and of course my trainers.You don’t need much else here, well unless you want to climb hills.
I must say I really enjoyed the walk/climb, it was very quiet up the top, not even any birds singing, unlike Scotland.
No wild life visible, I heard plenty of lizards running for cover, too fast to take pictures.
The views were spectacular, I could see Los Critianos to the left and La Caleta to the right, and behind me there were banana plantations and more hills.

Nature Diary – Fruit Trees in Tenerife

All of these fruit trees and plants were in front gardens or common areas, it is amazing what you can grow here. I have also seen orange and lemon trees in apartment gardens.
I included the picture of the carved cobra because I always admire it when I pass, and it was in the same garden as the papaya tree.

Nature Diary – Flown the nest


About 2 weeks ago I posted “New Life”, (mud-dauber nest built on my balcony), well the young have now hatched and flown off, and I never even got to see them.
From what I have read the eggs usually spend the winter in the nest and hatch in the spring, but maybe it is different in Tenerife, because of the temperate climate.

Sand sculpture

Walking along the sea front today, came across this sand sculpture, how talented is this guy, it took him 2 days to make.There are quite a lot of artist doing this now some have water features and others have lights for when it gets dark.They do not ask for money just sit beside there masterpiece, and hope someone is appreciative enough to give them a few coins.