21/04/2015

THE ROCK - A-Z CHALLENGE

I am late on parade today with my A-Z post, so it's a good thing I had it planned!

To those of us who live here, Tenerife is sometimes known affectionately as THE ROCK. and let's face it - there's an awful lot of rock about.
BUT when people say "Steady as a rock" they are using an inaccurate simile, as the inhabitants of my village discovered eighteen months ago.

Parque de la Reina has its own motorway access – No22 if you want to explore – but in November 2013 it was blocked by a ROCK FALL that just missed crushing a car and the young couple inside.
There is a banana plantation perched on top of the cutting and I suspect that decades of watering were responsible for bringing down the wall.

The Cabildo chopped back the rock and were part-way through building a RETAINING WALL when there was a second collapse – fortunately at night so no workmen were injured.
The road was closed for months.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION

REMEMBRANCE DAY – the Tenerife branch of the RBL – sadly now closed due to the increasing age of its few active members and an increase in the amount of paperwork demanded by Head Office – hosted a REMEMBRANCE SERVICE at Westhaven Bay, Costa del Silencio, for many years. One year the crew of a British Royal Navy ship joined us - that was a day we shall never forget – and other guests have included Ricardo Melchior, President of the Tenerife Government.
These photos show how locals and visitors remember the fallen, Tenerife-style.
LAUNCHING A WREATH INTO THE ATLANTIC IN MEMORY OF THOSE LOST AT SEA
THE WREATH IS BIO-DEGRADABLE




AND AFTER THE PARTY WE FACED THE LONG PROCESS OF COLLECTING UP THE TINS AND COUNTING THE MONEY!

6 comments:

  1. Glad the wreath is biodegradable! When we went to Canada I didn't like driving because there were often rocks on the road that couldn't have got there any other way than rolling down the mountainsides above! Hope it's safe now.

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    1. There are a lots of signs warning of potential rock falls here, even on the motorway, so we drive anyway and trust it's not our turn to catch a rock!

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  2. Waving to sunny Tenerife. Dropping in from the A to Z and a link on Diane Coto's blog FictionZeal.com

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  3. Hello Rosie from sunny Tenerife. I am about to post a Sunny blog today!

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  4. Don't they also call Gibraltar that, Liz?

    marion

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    1. They do, marion, it's not very original!

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