Personal Challenge Update

On 26 th November I posted about continuing to swim in my pool in the winter months well, I almost made it , there were 3 weeks that we did not have much sun and the temperature was down to 16 degrees, and I did try to swim but it was really too cold.

Now the temperature is about 24 degrees, and with the sun it feels warmer, so I have managed to swim the last few days , and think now it will not be a problem to keep going until November, great !

A photo a week challenge – From color to B & W

These are photos I took of old Hotels in Tenerife, I think on reflection they look better in black and white.


This is a courtyard in a hotel in Adeje



I think you get a better feeling of the age of the hotel when in black and white.


This is a old hotel on Puerto del a Cruz, there was a lot of sunlight and coloured glass so the colours are not how I saw them.


better in black and white.

While I was converting pictures to black and white I lost the original of this one , and it is the one I think looks so much better in black and white. Like the picture above the sun created a lot of strong color that distracted from the natural beauty of the building.


Cee’s fun foto challenge – The color orange

Although I have a few nice photos that I have taken previously I wanted to see if I could find some new orange objects so here is what I came up with. Hard not to include flowers as there are so many here.

Message in a cup.

Recently I have been trying to perfect the art of meditation, I now can block all other thoughts from my mind for about 15 mins, a good start I think.

About two weeks of practicing meditation, I started to have random thoughts, all good I may say, like for instance to re read a book I read about 2 years ago The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, I really enjoyed it then, and am enjoying it again, looking at it from a different aspect.


Yesterday I was out with my husband enjoying a few drinks and relaxing , before we left we decided to have a barraquita ( a canarian coffee) we had never had one in this cafe before, when I was nearly finished it I noticed that the glass had some writing on it, it was a quote by Paulo Coelho The quote was in spanish but I managed to translate it roughly, later when I got home I looked it up on google, and this is what it said ” when you want something all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it ”

I was quite taken aback by this, what a coincidence that I just happen to be reading Paulo Coelho’s book at the time. To me it seemed much more than coincidence.

Then I began to ask myself is this some kind of sign, to keep striving for new knowledge, and asking questions.

Other thoughts I have been having have been about Budhas and tarot cards.

I have always had a great thirst for knowledge that involves the mind, healing, love, and internal peace. So will take these happenings as signs that I need to look deeper into some aspects of living.

Has anyone else experienced anything  similar ? I would like to hear  your from you, please feel free to leave comments. thanks.