Forest Walk

The Agua Garcia forest is a natural paradise, not only is it very beautiful ,this enchanted forest is also very important to Tenerife, without it we would not have a big part of our natural water supply.

This fairy tale forest is lush with laurel trees, some of which are very old and these trees are called the Guardians of the forest.There are also many other species of trees here for example eucalyptus and delfino and the forest floor is carpeted with ivy, lichens and mosses.

All the species of the laurel forest have an important role to play in trapping and keeping the water. It contains over 20 evergreen trees like laurel and the canary island ebony .

In 1508, 12 years after the Spanish conquest, the countryside  of Tacoronte and the natural springs therein were granted to a Spanish settler, Garcia de Morales.Over 500 years later this are is still known as Agua Garcia, “Garcias Water”.

On Sunday I did this walk guided by our local expert guide Andy Tomkins, you can find more information about all the walks in Tenerife on his website www.tenerife-guided-walks.com

 

 

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Over thinking

 

Firstly I must apologize for not posting on my blog lately, but life has taken over. This post is not my usual , i just need to get this down on paper then I think i will feel more able to cope.

I am a very organised person, like to make lists etc, do not cope well when things do not go to plan, worry when I have not time to do the things I think I need to do. My main problem is overthinking , even when asleep, and more importantly when I cant sleep. Although my partner has some health issues,I do not think they are serious, but I still cannot stop myself worrying about what the outcome of the xrays tests etc will be.

Lately have been trying really hard to just let things go, using mindfulness, living in the moment, it works for some of the time.

My partner just takes things as they come, probably due to the fact that I do all the planning, he can totally sit down and read a book with no other thought than what he is reading, I on the other hand struggle to get through an article in a magazine without thinking what I should be doing.

One thing that has helped me is I set aside a time to do some dressmaking or cooking, both of which I enjoy, and because I have set this time aside I do not feel I should be doing something else.

Another thing is exercise has helped I go swimming most days, and do Tai Chi.

The problem as I see it is I have a real need to know or control what is happening in my life, and when I feel out of control I panic, and can make myself ill through worrying.

Lately it has affected my eating habits, I have been wheat intolerant for  a few years now but appear to have other food intolerance’s, which get worse when I worry.

Overall I am a very positive person, and know everything will be ok in the end.

If there is anyone out there who has any advice, that would be great or anyone who wants to share there story that would be great also.

 

Photochallenge

 

2016 Photochallenge, week 24 – National, State and Local Flowers challenge.
Tenerifes national flower is the Canary Bellflower, which only grows in certain parts of Tenerife, I was on a guided walk yesterday in Teide National Park and took these photos of a Tajinaste which is endemic to Tenerife, it is also know as the “tower of jewels” because of all the little pink flowers all the way up its 5 to 8 foot height.I have posted a full view in comments.

IfoncheWalk

The 6th “Talk the Walk” to discover Tenerife’s Great Outdoors.

Carrying on the existing theme to raise money and awareness for En Pie, the   Canarian Mental Health charity and to bring together the Canarian and ex-pat communities and hopefully, to get each other speaking a little of the other ones language.

Another great walk with breathtaking scenery. Thanks to Andy Tenerife Walker our guide for a brilliant day out.

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Saving on waste

fruit-and-veg-family1I am not a fan of wasting anything especially food. I have found many tips to prevent waste, here are some –

  1. If I have more veg than I can use I chop them up and freeze for example spring onions, leeks and peppers. Put them in zip bags and freeze.
  2. Freeze all bones chicken, rabbit, even chop bones, just keep adding to the bag until you have enough to make stock.
  3. Freeze mushroom stalks to make soup at a later stage.
  4. Freeze skins off of veg like khlorabi, ends of carrot, outside of celery, to add to soup stock.
  5. Make breadcrumbs out of any leftover bread, then freeze. Can be used to coat meat or fish.
  6. Wash lettuce then dry and put into airtight container with kitchen roll on top, will keep for over a week in the fridge.
  7. Herbs can be dried in the microwave, then put into jars to use as needed, or you can chop them up and freeze in ice cube trays with oil or water depending how you want to use them.