Saturday, 19 May 2012

Where did Nelson lose his arm?

Where did Nelson lose his arm?
Any ideas?
It was July 1797 when he was hit by a cannon ball during an attack on Santa Cruz in Tenerife. 

Where did the worst ever accident in aviation history take place?
That was March 1977 at Rodeos Airport, North Tenerife, when two Boeing 747s  collided on the runway killing 583 people (there were only 61 survivors).

Guess where we've just been!

We spent a few days birding and a few days next to the pool.  It was lovely to get away from the rain!

One day we went to the Laurel Forest near Erjos to find Bolle's and Laurel Pigeons (both endemic to the island).  We followed a lanefilled with sweet peas, daisies, purple clover,poppies and apple blossom.  The sun was shining.  Lizards were scurrying across the path.  Birds were singing, bees were busy and the air was scented with Fennel.  On either side of the lane the small fields were cultivated with fruit and vegetables and the wild flowers were there to attracted the pollinators.  I felt more like an allotment than a farm.    It was a beautiful place.

The Aquilegia has joined the garden party in our absence and the Alliums are about to burst onto the scene.  The pond is my favourite part of the garden at the moment.

I have started making plans for renovating another area.  At the moment the bins are hidden away on an old path behind the apple trees.  I've no idea where I am going to move them to but I want to open the path so the bins have to go.  Minor problem ... I'll solve it later!  

Here's the before shot:

The green compost bin fell over while we were away so I have relocated that.  The pots are being filled with bedding plants and summer bulbs and placed around the house. The pile of earth is left over turf from my renovation of the back of the garden so I have used that and composted the rest. 

Looking better already! 

The bird list:
Blue Chaffinch; Canary; Boole's Pigeon; Laurel Pigeon; Tenerife Goldcrest; Canary Islands Chiffchaff; Berthelot's Pipit; Tenerife Bluetit; Tenerife Robin; Canary Islands Kestrel; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Yellow Legged Gull; Cory's Shearwater; Barbary Partridge

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