Wednesday 27 December 2023

Last Of The Tenerife Photos.


 Storm Gerrit visited us last night.  It felt like that house in Ted Hughes Wind poem or a ship on a stormy sea.  

I was wide wide awake thinking about my poor polytunnel and hoping everything would be would be ok.  Thankfully this morning it is.  Everywhere is just saturated.

I thought of the weeks holiday we had in Tenerife less than a fortnight ago.  If ever there is a time to take an holiday in the sun it's got to be in the winter.  Here's  some photos for your perusal dear readers:

Fish seller statue made of bronze.
I didn't know RTE had an hotel/bar did you?
Litter bins everywhere which say " Use Me".


Self explanatory me thinks.

Are they squashes or gourds?

Bougainvillea.  Lots of different colours.

 
Giant Elephants Ears tree with its roots in water.

Abstract art mural.
Local beer with Mount Teide picture.
"Lady in Red" bikini!

18 comments:

  1. Doh! They are not squashes or gourds - they are calabaza enteras as the vendor's little sign says! You want to be careful about snapping pictures of scantily clad young women on beaches Dave!

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  2. Thanks YP for the Spanish. Even the Tenerife children can speak Spanish unlike me. I took bikini lady for you. I saw some topless women but didn't take a photo of them. I forgot my knotted handkerchief again.

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    1. Next time please take a telephoto lens with you to snap the ladies who cannot afford bikini tops.

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    2. Any particular make of telephone lens that you recommend Mr Pudding?

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    3. Telephoto even? I took the photos with my mobile phone.

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    4. I recommend the Big Bertha. Weighs a ton but gets you very close to your prey... I mean subject.

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  3. They have a sunnier climate than Greece. I don't think there's anyone sunbathing in a red bikini on our beaches. The bougainvilleas have lost their flowers. Except the white ones. They bloom much later than other colours.
    And you're back to storms. When is your next trip to sunny climes planned?

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  4. Fantastic climate Linda. 26 degrees in late December is incredible. One night we sat outside the hotel drinking until eleven o'clock. We have seen the Bougainvillea in flower in April and May. Yes we are up to letter G in the storm alphabet. We hope to go to Portugal again some time next year. I love the place and so many people speak English.

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  5. You have come back down to earth, but at least you haven't been blown away!!

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  6. It's horrible GZ but we are still here. Wish I was somewhere warm like Tenerife.

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  7. I hope our house is still standing when we get home. I hear the storm has been battering the IOM.

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  8. I am sure it will be fine JayCee. It's been horrible here.

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  9. I didn't realize that you were not in Tenerife now. It looks like you had a grand time. Calabeza are squashes and there are lots of recipes for them. You should get yourself some seeds. Glad the polytunnel survived.

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    1. Yes we have been back nearly a fortnight Debby. I have never grown squahes. The Wind was worse last night. Hopefully the polytunnel will survive gale season.

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  10. I really like the fish seller statue, there is a similar one here in Western Australia, I don't remember where exactly, my brother was driving around showing me the sights when I visited years ago. I think it may be in the small town where a rock singer was buried.

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  11. Glad you like the statue River. It's different.

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  12. Calabashes, squash, gourds, pumpkin.... even melons.... all the same family of plants. Some grown to eat the flesh, some grown for other reasons (like halloween, or to make water bottles). You should grow some Dave - they thrive on FYM, and will even grow under other stuff like corn and climbing beans. Even if you don't eat them, your livestock will love 'em. Olde timers at home remember when we used to grow big pumpkins to feed cows. The story goes on one farm that the old boy took his stick with him each evening as he went out to fetch the cows in, tapping each pumpkin to work out which one the cows were in.

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  13. Thanks TM. I will have a go at growing some next year. We have plenty of fym and I can collect seaweed from near me. I haven't grown Jerusalem artichokes for a few years. I want them for a wind break to protect the polytunnel. I must do some seed catalogue reading. Thanks for the advice.

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