Tip of the week


We shipped some of our furniture from the UK, including our corner leather suite, it is dark blue.

In the UK I used to wipe it clean then use a moisturiser and colour polish, that worked fine, but it is a bit different in Tenerife because of the constant heat, if you use colour it just comes off on you or your clothes.

Now I use aloe vera soap, I work it into a lather not too wet and using a cloth massage into my suite, then wipe dry and condition it with some natural moisturiser, cocoa butter is good.

The suite is no longer dry looking, and feels softer. Using aloe vera or natural products is better for the leather than shop bought wipes with chemicals , and is also cheaper.


Weekly photo challenge : Saturated

This is my entry, my interpretation of saturated

How many people and tables and chairs can you get on the balcony ?

How many people and tables and chairs can you get on the balcony ?

Koi carp at Loro Park

Koi carp at Loro Park

So many flowers you cannot see the leaves

So many flowers you cannot see the leaves

just so much colour in a small space

just so much colour in a small space

Day out in Tenerife

Yesterday we took the bus to Puerto Santiago, about 40 mins up the coast from us. It was a lovely day, very relaxing and nice scenery. Got a bit carried away with the camera, but never mind enjoyed it.


Recently I have been setting myself some challenges, small ones,that I can achieve in a short space of time, the first was my Jigsaw made into a picture posted in my “crafty work” post.

This is the second, although I crocheted squares with my mum as a youngster, I have never made an item,so decided I would like a white bag.

I searched the internet for how I should go about it,learned some stitches, and then set off to make it.

Because it is so warm here it is easier crocheting than knitting. I really enjoyed the challenge and was pleased with the result.

I used a strap off an old handbag, instead of crocheting one, because with the heat here you tend to wear sleeveless tops and a material one is more comfortable.

This challenge inspiration came to me from a blog I follow. ” Squirrel Picnic”

My next challenge is going to involve macrame, I have never tried it before, and would like to make a hanging for my wall. Watch this space.


Red sky at night

These pictures were taken from my balcony, and only minutes later the colour was gone, like it had never happened. Glad I had my camera at the ready.

Red sky at night


This is the first part of the weather-lore rhyme:

Red sky at night; shepherds delight,
Red sky in the morning; shepherds warning

Sometimes the phrase involves sailors rather than shepherds – both have a more than usual interest in the weather.


red sky in the morningThe saying is very old and quite likely to have been passed on by word of mouth for some time before it was ever written down. There is a written version in Matthew XVI in the Wyclif Bible, from as early as 1395:

“The eeuenynge maad, ye seien, It shal be cleer, for the heuene is lijk to reed; and the morwe, To day tempest, for heuen shyneth heuy, or sorwful.”

The Authorised Version gives that in a more familiar form:

“When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and louring.”

There are many later citations of the saying in literature, including this from Shakespeare, in Venus & Adonis, 1593:

“Like a red morn, that ever yet betoken’d wreck to the seaman – sorrow to shepherds.”

So, that’s where it originated but why?

There are many proverbs and stories concerning the weather from mediaeval England; for example, the notion that the weather on St. Swithin’s Day (15th July) predicts the weather in England for the next 40 days:

St Swithin’s Day, if it does rain
Full forty days, it will remain
St Swithin’s Day, if it be fair
For forty days, t’will rain no more

This prediction is nonsense and the weather on that day has no more significance than any other.

When rhymes like that were established England had a primarily rural and maritime economy and weather was consequently of life and death importance. There was no accurate means of forecasting the weather, so the tendency to make the most of what little information they had to go on, and occasionally to put two and two together and make five, is hardly surprising.

The ‘red sky at night’ rhyme is more than an old wives’ tale though and has some meteorological foundation – in England at least.

To explain why we’ll need to know why clouds sometimes appear red and how that may be used to predict the weather. Firstly, why do clouds often appear red in the morning and evening?

– Sunlight is broken into the familiar rainbow spectrum of varying-wavelength colours as it passes through the atmosphere.

– The blue/violet end of the spectrum is diverted more than the red/orange.

(This is the same mechanism that causes us to see the sky as blue incidentally, but that’s getting rather off our point)

– When the sun is low in the sky, at dawn and dusk, sunlight travels through more atmosphere than at other times of day. The red wavelength is better able to go on a direct course and be reflected back off clouds, whereas the blue light is more scattered before reaching the cloud and is therefore less visible. So, we see the clouds as red as the light that is reaching them is primarily red.

…and how does that help predict the weather?

– The weather in the UK comes from the west, that is, the wind is primarily westerly.

– The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.

– If there is broken cloud in the morning we may look to the west and see red light reflecting back from the cloud, that is, ‘red sky in the morning’. As the clouds are coming towards us there must be a chance of rain, at least an increased chance compared with the cloudless period we had just enjoyed.

– Likewise for ‘red sky at night’. If we see red clouds in the evening they will be in the east and have already passed us by, giving a good chance of clear skies and fine weather ahead.

Daily Prompt- Stand Still

If for a moment today the time stood still, I would like to think that you could somehow make everybody happy, so that when time started again they would have no worries, feel on top of the world, what a difference that would make to everybody, it would  become infectious, even if this could only last for a day, everybody deserves to feel, free from worry, pain, loss etc. You are much more able to cope if you are happy.

Well that is my contribution ,wishful thinking on my part, but we can all dream.


Nature Diary – Tiny Diner !

Look what I found this morning, enjoying a feast on my parsley and basil. I removed it and took it somewhere else where it can eat, I don’t like to harm them,but also don’t like them eating my plants.I think it must have been there a while it was quite a size.

My herbs seem to attract insects, I had a moth a few weeks ago.

defending the leaf

defending the leaf