22/04/2015

SUN, SEA AND SANDCASTLES - A-Z Challenge


SUN, SEA & SANDThe usual image of TENERIFE - which is true in part, although I hope my posts for the A-Z Challenge have SHOWN you there is more to the island.
A-Z CHALLENGE 2015

SUN – we see the sun almost every day, so the logo for this year's A-Z Challenge seems appropriate today.
SEA – we are SURROUNDED by the Atlantic ocean and when the wind is in the right direction we get some SPECTACULAR waves..

If you head west from here the next STOP is SOUTH AMERICA, from whence a friend of mine SAILED SOLO in his yacht. It took Davie 42 days and a few close calls, but he made it, though he was a lot thinner than this when he arrived in Tenerife!

SAND is for SUNBATHING on but also for making SANDCASTLES. Some are so intricate they take days to make, but it's an ephemeral art at the mercy of the wind and the crowds.



Here is a SHORT STORY adapted from one I wrote for Friday Fictoneers - I hope you like it.

SANDCASTLES

Juan built sandcastles for a living.
Every day he took his tools to the beach, collected damp sand from the tide-mark, and constructed dreams. Tourists would watch and take photographs – some even threw money into Juan’s bucket,  although never enough - and each night drunks destroyed his work.
“When will you get a proper job?” Lucia wailed, “The rent is due.”
“I am an artist,” Juan replied grandly.

But two days later he came home to find Lucia in the street, surrounded by their possessions and weeping bitterly. Juan kissed her and promised, ."We will have our own house soon."
"How can we? We have no money."
"I am a builder,” Juan said proudly, and on an unclaimed stretch of beach he mixed cement with the sand and built a house.



9 comments:

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  2. Oh I love the pics. The most relaxing place I know is around water. BTW, I gave a shout out to your blog on my 'S' post. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straighforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. Thanks Diane - I'll pop over to yours for a look now.

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  3. Great pictures. And great short story!

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    1. Thanks you for stopping by, Leetah.

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  4. Lovely short story. The sandcastles are amazing.

    Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

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    1. The hours of work that go into making those sandcastles are amazing too - I sat watching for ages on one occasion and marvelled at the artist's attention to detail.

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  5. There's very little sand near me, the sun is intermittent, but we have plenty of sea.

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    1. Sea is enough for me - so soothing whatever your mood.

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