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In This Issue LIFESTYLE
Places Los Cristianos More than just a resort What’s On September’s schedule
Healthy Living Top 6 Ways to Avoid or Reduce Summer Head Pain
Entertainment The Eagles Tribute Band Take It To The Limit
Simple Spanish Style Cuisine 12 Indespensable ingredients for Spanish cooking
The Birthday File
Famous Days in Spanish History
Famous Spanish Births and Deaths
September 2010 LIFESTYLE
Fashion Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week SWIM
Books The Rough Guide Directions to Tenerife & La Gomera
Music Alicia Keys : The Element of Freedom
FEATURES Tenerife Tourist Map 48 Places of interest in Tenerife
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*Los Cristianos - Las Americas - Fa単abe *Las Galletas - Costa del Silencio *Golf del Sur - Los Abrigos Las Chafiras *Los Gigantes - Puerto Santiago - Playa de la Arena HOMESTYLE
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LIFESTYLE Los Cristianos Twenty five years ago Los Cristianos was nothing more than a quaint little fishing port, a few houses and a few bars, but when the tourists started pouring into Tenerife and itâ€™s neighbour Las Americas was built specifically to accommodate them, Los Cristianos soon joined in.
Around The Island Situated only 15kms west of the southern airport, Reina Sofia, ensuring a transfer trip of less than 30 minutes, made it an ideal spot for tourism, and now it has over 100 hotels, with more being built, and a promenade full of restaurants, shops and bars.
However, do not let this put you off. Los Cristianos is a far more sophisticated resort compared to neighbouring Las Americas and although both areas have grown so much over the years that when you are walking along it is difficult to spot where one ends and the other begins, as soon as you reach the heart of each the differences become apparent.
LIFESTYLE Down by Los Cristianos harbour, the old town is still there and although this is now a major port with large cruisers, yachts and the Fred Olsen ferry and hydrofoil that travel daily to the islands of La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro, the small fishing boats and trawlers are still there too.
Los Cristianos offers two beaches. Both are manmade, clean and very well kept, and because they are manmade the sand is not as dark as you might find on other beaches around the island. Playa de Las Vistas beach is the larger of the two, distinct by its imposing modern fountain on the sea edge. Playa de Las Vistas is undoubtedly the best for families and those who like sports. With trampolines, climbing frames, children play area and a sheltered bay it is perfect and safe for children to enjoy themselves and go swimming.
Lots of water sports are catered for here like parasailing, water skiing, banana boats, ringoÂ´s, wet biking and for the less adventurous, peddalos. You can also take diving lessons or book yourself onto one of the many whale and dolphin watching tour boats that leave regularly every day. This beach also has showers, toilets and changing rooms available, all very clean and regularly looked after.
The beachfront here is full of restaurants where you can find a wide range of cuisine, not only the British and the ever present Chinese, but also the local. There are plenty of traditional tavernas offering locally caught fish, Tenerife cuisine and Spanish tapas. The bars along here are a lot more relaxed than in nearby Las Americas, offering a variety of salsa, jazz, live bands and cover bands to choose from. Though be aware this area is considered the "posh" area and the drink and food prices reflect that.
LIFESTYLE For those who want to spend a little more time relaxing away from the crowds Los Cristianos beach is perfect. Situated by the port and in front of the old town it is a smaller beach only offering beach volley ball and sun beds where the promenade is so wide you barely notice the buildings behind it.
The promenade itself runs uninterrupted along the coastline from one end of Los Cristianos to the furthest tip of Las Americas.
Los Cristianos It takes approximately two hours to walk and is beautifully maintained with small gardens and odd monuments and statues at random intervals along the way. The town centre of Los Cristianos is where you catch a glimpse of the old town. There is a beautiful catholic church and many buildings in the area have managed to maintain their original typical Canarian architecture. Off from the town centre and stretching down to the port is Avenida de Suecia. This is a shop-a-holics paradise. Cloths, food, jewellery, makeup, sports equipment, you name it, somewhere they will have it. Shops line the street and the labyrinth of alleyways and streets that come off it. The whole place is totally pedestrianised and traffic free. Los Cristianos is a small fishing village around which tourism has inevitably grown but which has managed to preserve its own flavour and charm, with something for everyone to enjoy.
LIFESTYLE Top 6 Ways To Avoid or Reduce Summer Head Pain
Ah... Summer! Time for enjoying the outdoors, vacations, and all the joys of sunny, warmer weather... For some people however, the summer can also mean a different set of headaches and migraines. The good part is that many of them can be avoided or controlled to some extent. Here are a few simple guides. 1) Don't let yourself get dehydrated. This is important all year, but especially in the summer. You may hear or see news reports warning about dehydration and heat stroke. Heed them!.. Dehydration is a major cause of headaches and migraines in most people. WHAT you drink can make a difference, too. Large quantities of soda or regular iced tea, although favourites, have a great deal of caffeine. Lemonade is ok unless your stomach is sensitive to the acidity. Water is always the best choice!
Top 6 Ways To Avoid or Reduce Summer Head Pain
2) Be careful of the sun.
3) Don't forget your sunglasses.
The intense summer sun can be one of our biggest problems, and not just due to sunburn. Too much time in the summer sun is another serious headache and migraine trigger. That doesn't mean we have to stay indoors. Try hats with broad brims that keep sun off your neck and upper chest and back as well as your face. Also, cool yourself down with a spray bottle of water or a cold, wet bandana around your neck.
Summer can be tough on th eyes. Invest in some good sunglasses. Polarized lenses are great because, in addition to darkening, they cut glare. If you can go for optical grade lenses, do. They aren't as likely to produce distortion as inexpensive sunglasses. Still troubled by light from around your glasses? Try a baseball cap or another type of hat to block out the sun that comes in from above the sunglasses.
Top 6 Ways To Avoid or Reduce Summer Head Pain
5) Look out for fragrances in summer products. Are you sensitive to fragrances and/or other odours? Remember that when shopping for sunscreen, insect repellant, and other summer products. Look for fragrance-free products. 6) Take care of your meds.
4) Mind your schedule. It's easy to get off schedule in the summer. It gets dark later, things seem a bit lazier. Don't let that lull you into getting off your schedule for meals and sleep. Even on vacation, be careful not to skip meals, and try to resist the temptation to indulge in trigger foods. Try to keep your sleep schedule regular, too. Remember that too much sleep can be a trigger, too, so watch out for sleeping in!
Be aware that medications have storage temperature ranges that can easily be exceeded by summer temperatures. Prolonged exposure to higher temperatures can make your meds less effective. When traveling, keep your meds in your carry-on rather than letting it go with the luggage on a plane and in the car with you rather than in the trunk in your luggage. At home, keep your meds in a cool, dark place. Your bathroom is not the best place because of the heat and steam from the shower. And, donâ€™t forget to mark prescription refill times on your calendar so you don't run out.
LIFESTYLE The Eagles Tribute Band, headed by Tom Bell of the infamous Spellbound Illusion Show has been performing for 20 years around the world on Cruise Ships, TV and Theatres, until finally coming to Tenerife and settling here until the present date. During his time in Tenerife, in addition to the world famous Spellbound Illusion Show, Tom also formed the Tuxedo Knights Show, an elegantly attired vocal show with songs from the 60's to the present day, great harmonies, entertaining, yet with a touch of comedy too. Tuxedo Knights have proved popular for weddings and special events in the past, and they have had many a successful evening entertaining guests of The Lions of Tenerife. And then there is Glamslam 70â€™s Tribute Show, fun, wild and tributing the glam rock side of the 70's with their crazy costumes, wacky humour and great selection of songs, not to mention those rather high glitter boots they manage to jump around in. Must take some practice! They have enjoyed performing for many parties especially popular on new years eve!! Now that Spellbound has retired (for how long who knows! I hear whispers for the odd special performance sometime in the future!) ...Tom is now concentrating fully on The Eagles Band 'Take it to the Limit' with his valued friends and band members, Rick Porter, Gary Clifton, and Pat Wilson. These artistes with their wonderful character and personality, each and every one brings their individual talent to the show.
Tom says “we are a great team, its a laugh a minute backstage, always excited to get on stage, Love it when I see the audience go crazy hearing their favourite songs! I just love it with a passion. After 37 years in the business and still raring to go I am so grateful for the life I have had in showbusiness.” Of course Tom, Rick and Gary (members of Tuxedo and Glamslam) have one night per week where they still perform Glamslam and Tuxedo, due to Hotel demand and of course for the love of the shows.
The 4 members of Eagles enjoy their packed programme performing on the hotel circuit and have gone from strength to strength since day one. Working exclusively with Viana/Rockhouse Shows, Tom says, “I want to thank my good friend Eric Viana for his support and friendship throughout the years. All the gorgeous girls of the Viana Office whom work so hard for all the shows, (thankyou all so much), they are Erika Sakal, Hayley Butler, Valeria Gutierrez, Blanka Sakalova and of course the Director the lovely Denise Bell, whom of course I adore!!” The Eagles Can be seen in many of the top hotels on the Island of Tenerife.
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Simple Spanish Style Cuisine The Spanish cook makes sure that their cupboards are well-stocked with the essential ingredients used daily in Spanish cuisine. You probably already have all or most of these items. Spanish cooking uses lots of olive oil, garlic, fresh and tinned tomatoes and other basic ingredients found in most kitchens. Olive Oil You’ll need at least 1/2 litre of extra virgin oil. If you prefer a lighter taste, try "ordinary virgin olive oil", but avoid bottles labeled with "blended" or "light”! These won't have as much flavour and you cannot always be sure of the quality you are buying. Fresh Garlic Make sure that you have at least 2 bulbs of garlic on hand at all times. If you do not normally cook with garlic, make sure to store it in a cool, dry place and before you start any recipe check to make sure it is not dried out or sprouting. If it is, replace it with fresh. When buying garlic, look for solid, firm heads, not light-feeling or hollow ones. Eggs Keep a dozen large eggs on hand. A typical potato omelette or “tortilla de patata” for four takes 5-6 eggs by itself. Many recipes for Spanish desserts require at least 2 eggs.
12 Indispensable Ingredients for Spanish Cooking Peppers and Paprika Peppers, also called chile, chili or chilli peppers are native to the Americas and quickly became part of the Spanish diet. In Spanish food, peppers or â€œpimientosâ€? are used in many different kinds of dishes. There are an unlimited number of recipes for peppers stuffed with fish or meat. The Spanish also dry peppers and grind them into a fine powder, making paprika or pimenton. Spanish paprika or pimenton is an essential food to stock and a prized ingredient in Spanish cooking. Spanish Paprika can be either sweet or spicy, and can be found in most supermarkets. Onions Keep 3-4 onions on hand. They are used in the famous Spanish omelettes and most Spanish main courses and side dishes. You may also wish to have a red onion on hand for salads, since they do not have as strong a flavour and are a bit sweeter. Potatoes Potatoes are such an essential ingredient in so many Spanish soups, stews, casseroles and side dishes. Keep a 5 or 10 lb. bag on hand. Parsley Parsley is used extensively in Spanish food! If the parsley in your refrigerator has wilted a bit, freshen it up: Trim the stems and place in a tall glass of water in the refrigerator for an hour.
Simple Spanish Style Cuisine
Spanish Wine A bottle of red wine and one of white both on hand for cooking. If your kitchen is hot or you live in a warmer climate, store any open wine bottles in the fridge to prevent them from going bad. (Storing wine in the refrigerator wonâ€™t effect the taste if you are cooking with it.) A good Rioja is ideal for cooking as well as drinking!
12 Indispensable Ingredients for Spanish Cooking Tomatoes and Tomato Sauce Like all Mediterranean people, the Spanish enjoy tomatoes many ways - fresh or cooked in lots of different kinds of dishes. Make sure to have on hand both fresh tomatoes, as well as a couple of tins of tomato sauce and tins of crushed tomatoes. Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano and Saffron Rosemary, thyme and oregano are the three main spices that you’ll find in most Spanish food recipes. Be sure to have a supply on hand - fresh or dried. If you buy dried spices, be sure to use them within about a year. Saffron is exotic and slightly pricey. It is the spice that gives the rice in “paella” a beautiful golden yellow. Saffron is actually a tiny part of the crocus flower and must be harvested by hand, so that keeps the price high. Most supermarkets carry it in the spice isle. French-Style Bread Several baguettes or “barras” should be on hand at all times. Baguette-style bread is essential to a Spanish meal. Bread is served at every Spanish meal and with Spanish tapas or afternoon snack. A good suggestion is to buy bakery-fresh bread and freeze 2-3 baguettes, taking them out to thaw as you need them. Milk At least a 3 pints of whole milk should be on hand at all times. Spanish soups and many desserts call for it. Don’t forget that you’ll need it for the “café con leche” in the morning and the Spanish hot chocolate at night.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week SWIM makes a splash as it announces record number of designers to showcase their collections
FASHION The Raleigh played host to the Sixth Season of Swimwear Shows from July 15-19, 2010 With the summer season upon us, Miami Beach's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim and IMG Fashion were pleased to announce in their line-up, a record number of designers to showcase their collections for 2011. The Raleigh once again became the epicenter of the fashion industry from July 15-19, 2010 as supermodels, celebrities, press and buyers came together to celebrate fashion and beauty with the sexiest swimwear designs in the world. "Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim is the leading platform globally for designers and swimwear brands to showcase their collections to the world, and we are excited to celebrate our talented roster of designers," said Christina Neault, Executive Producer of the event. "We believe that the response from the design community represents the strength of swimwear as a growth market around the world and the important role this event plays in the industry."
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week The week kicked off with a runway show by Trina Turk and opening party on the 15th, followed by four consecutive days of shows featuring collections from White Sands Australia, Beach Bunny Swimwear, Dolores Cortes, Swell Suits Miami featuring Naila and Park & Ronen, Ed Hardy Swimwear, Crystal Jin, Swimwear Anywhere, Mara Hoffman Swim, Poko Pano, True Religion Swimwear, Aqua di Lara, Red Carter, Cia.Marítima, Luli Fama, Caffé Swimwear, Nicolita, Marysia Swim, Lisa Maree, Aquarella Swimwear, Lisa Blue, Kooey Swimwear Australia and Tyler Rose. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim is presented annually at Miami Beach's historic hotel, The Raleigh. Over the course of five days, 12,000 journalists, buyers and VIPs were present in South Florida to experience the most elite swimwear event in the country. This "by invitation only" event features the top swim designers from the US and abroad showcasing Collections in two runway venues, the Cabaña Grande and the Oasis, as well as The Raleigh's Historic Pool and Penthouse which provided spaces for designer cocktails and presentations. All venues were accessed via the event lobby on Collins Avenue at 18th Street.
FASHION Mercedes-Benz, the event's title sponsor, was joined by American Express®, DHL, MAKE UP FOR EVER, TRESemmé, Clarisonic Sonic Skin Care, The Raleigh, Ruffino, Ocean Drive Magazine, California Apparel News Waterwear and Getty Images. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim is an IMG owned and produced event.
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MUSIC Alicia Keys: The Element of Freedom This is Alicia Key's fourth album, which sold 417,000 copies in its first week, hitting the platinum sales mark in one month. Itâ€™s a much more personal album, and after a few listenings you can sense the balance of vulnerability, strength, and emotion captured throughout the progression of this collection of songs. Written during a time of intense personal struggle and almost completely lacking in some of the more upbeat cuts that buoyed her last album, The Element of Freedom is often little more than her voice, a piano, some minimal backing, but what an extraordinary voice it is! This is an album that does not immediately grab you, as did some of her earlier work, but with a little patience, and a few listens, those who are willing to follow will find their effort well rewarded.
1. The Element of Freedom (Intro) A short spoken word for the opening of the album. 2. Love Is Blind This is the real opening track that sets the bar for a soulful, powerful and lyrical album. Alicia harmonizes with background vocals and bass driven drums. Great way to start off an album. 3. Doesn't Mean Anything The 1st single of off the album tells the tale of realizing that all your dreams mean nothing without someone to share it with. Classic Alicia Keys. 4. Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart This is a smooth mid-tempo track with drums and electric keyboards, a track with a bit more of an edge to it.
5. Wait Til They See My Smile A song about perseverance, with a hook that sounds like a sample of the Beach Boys "Kokomo". Ok, but not the strongest track on the album. 6. That's How Strong My love Is This is a really beautiful song that follows the cohesive flow of the piano highlighted throughout the album 7. Unthinkable (I'm Ready) Featuring Drake Rapper Drake provided quality background vocals on the track, and Key's sultry intro sets the foundation for one of the best songs on the album.
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8. Love Is My Disease This track is about missing the company of that someone special and has an almost Caribbean quality that creates a distinctly different sound. 9. Like The Sea A more upbeat song that captures the undulating emotions of love. 10. Put It In A Love Song (Featuring Beyonce) Two of American R&B's most talented women team up to do a collaboration that feels a little out of place on the album, and in many respects is more Beyonce than Keys 11. This Bed A more mid-tempo track that talks about sleeping alone and wishing someone were there with you. A sensual track with a smooth groove to it.
12. Distance And Time This is a soft and touching track that shows the more soulful and vulnerable side of Alicia Keys. 13. How It Feels To Fly A beautiful and motivational song that inspires and brings strength and hope to the album. A good listen to lift your spirit and give you an optimistic view on life. 14. Empire State of Mind (Part II) This is the R&B version of Jay-Z's Number 1 hit "Empire State of Mind". Alicia’s vocals are amazing on this song and it makes you feel like you should go and visit New York just to experience the atmosphere within the song. It has the same hook but the chorus is provided by Alicia's vocals. Very inspiring way to end a powerful album!
Places to visit Santa Cruz Los Cristianos Las Americas Las Galletas Vilaflor Icod de los vinos Puerto de la Cruz Los Abrigos El Medano Guimar Candelaria Los Gigantes Masca Playa San Juan La Orotava Mount Teide National Park
Las Americas Fa単abe
Costa del Silencio
TENERIFE GUIDE Los Cristianos One of the most popular resorts in the entire Canary Islands, and just 16 km west of the airport. With the wonderful golden sand beaches situated around the harbour, the town has managed to retain some of the character of its original fishing village whist developing into one of the largest tourist areas on the Island. There are plenty of things to do, from the pleasure cruises, glass-bottomed boats, and ferries to neighbouring islands, as well as sun-bathing, watersports, then relaxing in the vast array of pubs, clubs and restaurants, all within walking distance. Playa de las Americas Very much a purpose built resort, Las Americas has grown to become Tenerife's biggest and most popular holiday destination. From itâ€™s clean man-made sandy beaches to itâ€™s hundreds of quality hotels and first class facilities, this is truly a sun worshipper's idea of paradise. Everyone is catered for with a wealth of beach, sea and leisure activities, and there is something for all the family with the Aquapark and new Siam Water Kingdom all within walking distance of as many bars, restaurants and clubs as you are ever likely to need.
Icod de los vinos Site of the 1,000 year old Drago (Dragon) Tree, the oldest and largest in existence, situated next to the plaza of the Iglesia de San Marcos.
Mount Teide National Park At a height of 3,720 metres, the summit of Mount Teide is the highest point of the Canary Islands, and the surrounding area was declared a National Park in 1954. Roads through the park allow visitors to drive across old lava fields and sample the lunarlike landscape within the old crater at around 2,100 metres above sea-level with El Teide dominating the centre. It is possible to access within 200 metres of the summit of this dormant vocano by cable car, and view the surrounding peaks, some of which are evidence of more recent volcanic activity. Vilaflor High above the coast of southern Tenerife, yet just an hours drive away, Vilaflor is a beautiful village famous for its wine, cheese and spring water, as well as being the highest village in Tenerife. On the road to Mount Teide, it offers spectacular views, as well as local scenery, arts and crafts. Las Galletas Located on the south coast between Los Cristianos and the airport, Las Galletas is a typical Canarian village with narrow streets, beach front promenade, picturesque harbour and a cafe style pedestrian centre. There is a small, natural beach by the side of the fishing boats, which supply the daily fish market and excellent local restaurants, both here and in the adjoining neighbourhoods that make up Tenbel and Costa del Silencio.
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TENERIFE GUIDE Santa Cruz Tenerife's vibrant capital city, set in the north-east corner of the island, offers a cosmopolitan blend of culture, heritage, beaches and classical architecture. Santa Cruz is a wonderful mix of old and new, with its museums, parks, plazas, art, fine dining, and of course shopping, which means it really does have something for everyone to enjoy. Santa Cruz is also the home of a dazzling array of festivals, events, and venues for those wishing to inject a bit of culture into their holiday. As well as being the site for one of the biggest carnivals in the world, its amazing sights number amongst it the magnificent Auditorio de Tenerife, home to the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra. El Medano A small town on the south coast just 5km east of Los Abrigos, Medano is famous for its long, natural, sandy beaches and offshore breezes, making it the ideal spot for wind and watersport enthusiasts. The centre and boardwalk area mingle health and surf shops with seafront cafes, and is a very popular resort with the locals.
Los Abrigos A traditional fishing village situated between Las Chafiras and El Medano. It has a fantastic selection of seafood restaurants around the picturesque harbour where the local fishing boats drop off their catch daily.
Guimar A quiet town set in the valley of Guimar to the east of the island, it has a reputation as the perfect spot for a slice of “rural” tourism. More recently, the mysterious stone pyramids on the outskirts of the town, attracted the interest of the author and world famous explorer Thor Heyerdahl, who has researched similar structures in Mexico and Peru, and his exhibition on the site of the “pyramids” has become a huge tourist attraction. Puerto de la Cruz The oldest resort in the Canary Islands, located on the northern coast, this town was the birthplace of tourism in the Canaries and still has a lot to offer. It is more traditional, in contrast with the more modern resorts of the south, and is certainly greener, with a variety of botanical gardens due to the north’s more temperate climate. Home to a number of buildings of historical and artistic value, it is also the site of one of the islands most famous tourist attractions, the Loro Parque.
TENERIFE GUIDE Los Gigantes A beautiful resort on the west coast of the island set on a hillside next to the towering cliffs from which it gets its name. From the natural beach made up of black volcanic sand, to the idyllic marina with its yachts, excursion boats, cafes and bars, or on to the small shops and restaurants tucked away in the narrow streets, this fantastic resort has someting for everyone. Playa San Juan A bustling seaside and fishing village on the road to Los Gigantes, Playa San Juan has undergone some development in recent years. It retains a working harbour, two beaches, the second of which is a new sandy beach, and a long promenade with shops and restaurants serving traditional food and of course, fresh fish every day. It is also close to the fantastic premier Abama golf and spa resort.
La Orotava An historic town in the north of the island, notable for its typical Canarian architecture, monuments, and culture. Set in the valley from which it takes its name, its most notable landmark is the Casa de los Balcones which epitomises the island's heritage. Masca A popular and picturesque tourist spot situated in the more mountainous area to the north west of the island, with an impressive gorge that leads down to the sea. Noted for its scenery, and ideal for hiking. Candelaria Just south of the capital SantaCruz, Candelaria is a popular tourist destination of historical and religious significance, as the home of the Basilica and the Black Madonna, and the town's main plaza with its beach and Guanche statues.
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Gardening isnâ€™t only limited by space, and interest. If you love the idea of b garden, but you canâ€™t see yourself sp hours with a pair of gardening
Gardening on a Patio or Terrace
, but by your own time being surrounded by a ending countless
oves on your hands, a wonderful option is to create garden paradise on your patio or terrace.
You could still incorporate beds and containers, but you have the added element of hardscaping. They havenâ€™t invented a stone yet that doesnâ€™t look even better next to a plant. Even concrete can be made to look good.
Planting a Patio or Terrace The main purpose of a patio or terrace is to have a place to relax in and entertain. Surrounding yourself with the beauty of plants will make it that much easier. Even non-gardeners now consider their patios an extension of their homes, or a kind of extra room, but without walls.
Building a patio is a major undertaking and not without some expertise, but the kind of terraces many of us are graced with here in Tenerife are ideal for transforming into your own little corner of horticultural heaven.
Rather than your terrace just providing a view, you can bring to it the same design criteria as you would the inside.
So, once you have your terrace, planting it is the enjoyable part.
Framing Creating a distinction between your patio or terrace and other outdoor areas is how you turn this outdoor space into an outdoor room. You can accomplish this by outlining the patio with a border, by building raised planters around the edge or by creating an edge with containers.
Gardening on a Patio or Terrace
Borders: Having a border around your terrace is enjoying the best of both worlds. You have a true garden to potter in yet you never have to leave the comfort of your living area. The border will probably be somewhat narrow, probably just a few feet, but a lot can be accomplished in this space. In addition to plants that spill onto the patio, like geraniums, you can create clusters of height with grasses or small shrubs. If the border runs between the house and the patio, you might want to try your hand at growing a fruit tree trained to lay flat against the house wall. The heat of the house and the openness of the branches can produce a considerable yield in a small space.
Built-ins: Many patio designs have built-in flower boxes along the perimeter. They delineate the space and can provide additional seating. More importantly, they provide a raised level garden, where you have all the advantages and control of container gardening as well as the root insulation provided by brick or stone. Many plants will do well in these circumstances, but itâ€™s especially nice to have scented plants, such as roses, gardenias and jasmine. Containers: If you donâ€™t have an edge border or built-in boxes, you can always create the effect with containers. Either an entire row of matching containers or clusters of different sizes and shapes can be filled with a variety of plant material.
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HOME STYLE Any of these options will create a distinction between your living space and the openness of the rest of your property. Softening Hard Edges Stone can be beautiful, but on its own it can look cold, hard and uninviting. Two types of plants will be especially useful in turning your patio or terrace into a welcoming retreat. Spillers: Plants that flow out onto the stone will automatically soften the hard edges. Light, airy foliage is especially good for this. Coreopsis, lavender and ferns are good examples. Just be sure to suit your plants to your sun exposure, because proximity to stone is going to intensify the reflected heat. Creepers: Unless your patio or terrace is paved, there are bound to be spaces between your stones. Instead leaving these to weeds that will readily grow there, why not use the spaces to grow something more attractive? Thyme or moss are often used for this purpose. Donâ€™t try to fill every crack, just a few selected spots will give your terrace a touch of nature and a well lived in feel. Youâ€™ll be surprised how quickly these plants will acclimatize and find their own way around the patio.
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Your Monthly Horoscope ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) This month you may be forced into decisions you'd rather not face. Things start off with high levels of motivation and confidence, but begin to wane quickly. There's hope in the realms of love, yet tough relationship issues surface when authority enters the picture. TAURUS (Apr. 21- may 21) This month it's all about re-examining your long-term goals and taking bigger risks in pursuit of greater rewards. Taking a step back now is a plus as you seek to find balance between taking care of others and attending to your own needs. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) It's necessary to keep your peers in mind this month, as tension that may arise from ignoring them now isn't worth any success you might achieve. Your current task is to seek a level of personal creativity that doesn't upset the stability of your local community of friends and associates, but, contributes to it. CANCER (June 22-July 22) You can spice up your life this month with creative expression and bold action. Extra care must be taken now to avoid mistakes and mis-communication. Your mind is on spirituality now, which could make your daily life seem inconsequential, but this month is about finding balance between these two realms of life. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Your daily routines undergo significant stress this month, and old habits must die before new ones are born. Yet you may need to restrain your ambitions now, especially if you've recently taken on too much work. This is a month to decide what you can eliminate now to assure overall success later. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) This transitional month finds you looking over the past to decide where to reinvest your energy, and where you must move on. It's a great time to clean out your emotional closet and reaffirm your connection with faith, nature and the divine. This, plus a little added creativity, will go a long way toward turning your dreams into realities.
Whatâ€™s in store for you? LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) This month is a study in contrasts. You're motivated and ready to fly, yet you continuously feel that your wings have been clipped and you're grounded. This month is the area where this contrast of expansion and contraction can impact your life in many different areas, but especially in relationships. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) This is a month for making major decisions, as your inner world is shifting in ways that will affect long-term events. It's time to decide if you're in the right place, yet while you may feel pushed to your limits now, complete transformation takes time SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) This dramatic month tests your perseverance. It's not easy to manage the pressure of unrelenting responsibilities, especially as you feel forced to prove yourself. Success takes time, and you must be willing to do the work before harvesting the fruits of your labour. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Relationships are your primary source of opportunity as well as struggle this month. Sharing power isn't easy, so it's important to weigh what an alliance could achieve against what you'd have to sacrifice in return. Yet harmonious teamwork is possible, and may be rewarding enough to merit serious consideration. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) While you may have an obsessive drive to accomplish many of your goals this month, things must be taken in their stride, as there is no way to outsmart your own destiny. You'll have to remain flexible and take others seriously now, if you want to successfully attend to pressing matters. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You've got more than your share of unfinished business this month, and it's time to revise both relationships and long-range plans. This month is about deciding what to let go of and commit to pursuing what you truly cannot live without.
If it’s your birthday this month . . . Sep 1st: Rocky Marciano (1923) Engelbert Humperdinck (1854) Lily Tomlin (1939) Barry Gibb (1946) Gloria Estefan (1957) 2nd: Jimmy Connors (1952) Keanu Reeves (1964) Lennox Lewis (1965) Salma Hayek (1966)
3rd: Ferdinand Porsche (1875) Charlie Sheen (1965) Alan Ladd (1913) 4th: Mitzi Gaynor (1931) Beyoncé Knowles (1981) 5th: Jesse James (1847) Raquel Welch (1940) Freddie Mercury (1946) 6th: Rosie Perez (1964) Joseph Patrick Kennedy (1888) Roger Waters (1945) Greg Rusedski (1973)
7th: Buddy Holly (1936) Elizabeth I, Queen of England (1533) Chrissy Hynde (1951) Peter Lawford (1923) 8th: Patsy Cline (1932) David Arquette (1971) Peter Sellers (1925) Pink (1979)
9th: Otis Redding (1941) Macy Gray (1970) Michael Keaton (1951) Hugh Grant (1960) Adam Sandler (1966) 10th: Arnold Palmer (1929) Colin Firth (1960) 11th: D.H. Lawrence (1885) Harry Connick, Jr. (1967) Brian De Palma (1940) Moby (Richard Melville Hall) (1965) 12th: Jesse Owens (1913) Maurice Chevalier (1888) Barry White (1944) 13th: Roald Dahl (1916) Claudette Colbert (1903) Mel Tormé (1925) Jacqueline Bisset (1944)
Who do you share yours with . . . 14th: Walter Koenig (1938) Sam Neill (1948) 15th: Agatha Christie (1890) Fay Wray (1907) Tommy Lee Jones (1946) Oliver Stone (1946) Prince Harry (1984) 16th: B.B. King (1925) Lauren Bacall (1924) Peter Falk (1927) Mickey Rourke (1956) Marc Anthony (1969) 17th: Hank Williams (1923) Roddy McDowall (1928) Anne Bancroft (1931) John Ritter (1948) Rita Rudner (1956) 18th: Greta Garbo (1905) Frankie Avalon (1940) Jada Pinkett-Smith (1971) Lance Armstrong (1971) 19th: Brian Epstein (1934) Adam West (1938) Bill Medley (1940) Jeremy Irons (1948) Lesly "Twiggy" Lawson (1949)
20th: Sophia Loren (1934) Alexander the Great (356BC) 21st: Stephen King (1947) H.G. Wells (1866) Bill Murray (1950) Liam Gallagher (1972) 22nd: Michael Faraday (1791) Debby Boone (1956) Nick Cave (1957) Andrea Bocelli (1958)
23rd: Bruce Springsteen (1949) Ray Charles (1930) Julio Iglesias (1943) Augustus (Octavius Caesar) (63BC) Mickey Rooney (1920) 24th: F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896) Linda McCartney (1941) Jim Henson (1936) 25th: Michael Douglas (1944) Christopher Reeve (1952) Heather Locklear (1961) Will Smith (1968) Catherine Zeta-Jones (1969) Mark Hamill (1951) 26th: George Gershwin (1898) T.S. Eliot (1888) Olivia Newton-John (1948) Linda Hamilton (1956) Serena Williams (1981) 27th: Gwyneth Paltrow (1973) Meat Loaf (1951) Avril Lavigne (1984)
28th: Marcello Mastroianni (1924) Brigitte Bardot (1934) Ed Sullivan (1902) Peter Finch (1912) Mira Sorvino (1967) 29th: Gene Autry (1907) Jerry Lee Lewis (1935) Anita Ekberg (1931) Trevor Howard (1916) Tom Sizemore (1964) 30th: Johnny Mathis (1935) Martina Hingis (1980) Deborah Kerr (1921)
Famous days in September in Spanish History 1522-09-08 - Spanish navigator Juan de Elcano returns to Spain, completes 1st circumnavigation of globe, expedition begins under Ferdinand Magellan 1528-09-28 - Spanish fleet sinks in Florida hurricane; about 380 die 1538-09-28 - Battle at Preveza: Turkish fleet under Barbarossa beats Spanish >>> 1556-09-13 - Charles V & Maria of Hungary march into Spain 1559-09-19 - 5 Spanish ships sinks in storm off Tampa, about 600 die 1561-09-23 - King Philip II of Spain forbids Spanish settlements in Florida 1591-09-09 - Battle at Flores Azores: Spanish beat English 1596-09-20 - Diego de Montemayor founded the city of Monterrey in New Spain 1598-09-01 - Spanish king Philip II receives sacraments 1604-09-20 - Spanish army under Spinola recaptures Oostende 1609-09-11 - Expulsion order announced against the Moriscos of Valencia; beginning of the expulsion of all Spain's Moriscos 1622-09-06 - Spanish silver fleet disappears off Florida Keys; 1,000s die 1628-09-08 - Bay of Matanzas Cuba: Piet Heyn captures Spanish silver fleet 1629-09-14 - Spanish garrison surrenders to prince Frederik Henry 1631-09-13 - Admiral Tholen conquerors 30+ Spanish frigates 1634-09-05 - Battle at Nordlingen: King Ferdinand III & Spain beat Sweden & German protestants 1652-09-16 - Spanish troops occupy Dunkerk 1678-09-17 - France & Spain signs peace treaty 1714-09-07 - Treaty of Baden: Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI & France, ends War of Spanish Succession, French retain Alsace, Austria gets Rhine >>> 1714-09-11 - French & Spanish troops under duke of Berwick occupy Barcelona 1733-09-26 - France, Spain & Sardinia sign anti-German covenant 1744-09-30 - France and Spain defeat the Kingdom of Sardinia at the Battle of Madonna dell'Olmo 1776-09-17 - The Presidio of San Francisco is founded in New Spain 1779-09-03 - Earl d'orvilliers (French/Spanish Armada) sails back to Brest 1798-09-10 - British Honduras beats Spain in battle of St George 1810-09-16 - Mexico issues Grito de Dolores, which called for the end of Spanish rule Mexican Independence Day celebrates this event 1810-09-18 - Chile declares independence from Spain (National Day) 1821-09-27 - Revolutionary forces occupy Mexico City as Spanish withdraw 1868-09-28 - Battle of Alcolea, causes Queen Isabella 2 of Spain to flee to France 1875-09-29 - US-Spanish relations decline in wake of Cuban rebellion
Famous days in September in Spanish History 1920-09-20 - Foundation of the Spanish Legion 1923-09-13 - With Spain's king Alfonso XIII assist, army coup under de Rivera 1923-09-14 - Miguel Primo de Rivera becomes dictator of Spain 1926-09-11 - Spain leaves League of Nation due to Germany joining 1932-09-09 - Spanish Cortes grants Catalonia autonomy 1936-09-04 - Franco troops conquer Irun & Talavera de la Reina Spain 1936-09-21 - Spanish fascist junta names Franco generalissimo/supreme commander >>> 1937-09-01 - Battle of Gijon in Spain begins 1937-09-05 - Spanish Civil War: Llanes falls. 1937-09-06 - Spanish Civil War: The start of the Battle of El Mazuco. 1937-09-22 - Spanish Civil War: Peña Blanca is taken; the end of the Battle of El Mazuco 1953-09-26 - US & Spain sign defense treaty (4 US bases in Spain) 1967-09-10 - Gibraltar votes 12,138 to 44 to remain British & not Spanish 1981-09-10 - "Guernica" of Pablo Picasso returns to Spain 1982-09-13 - 50 die in Spantax Airlines DC-10 on takeoff from Malaga, Spain 1997-09-28 - 32nd Ryder Cup: Europe wins 14½-13½ to retain the Cup at Sotogrande Spain
Famous Spanish Birthdays in September 1453-09-01 - Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, Spanish general (d. 1515) 1547-09-29 - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Spanish author and novelist (Don Quixote) 1550-09-10 - Alonso de Guzmán El Bueno, 7th Duke of Medina Sidonia, Spanish Armada commander 1638-09-10 - Maria Theresa of Spain, queen of Louis XIV of France (d. 1683) 1688-09-17 - Maria Luisa of Savoy, first queen of Philip V of Spain (d. 1714) 1712-09-23 - Ferdinand VI, the wise, King of Spain (1746-59) 1898-09-12 - Salvador Bacarisse, Spanish composer (d.1963) 1921-09-06 - Carmen Laforet, Spanish author (d. 2004) 1921-09-07 - Josep Lluís Núñez, Spanish President of FC Barcelona (1978 - 2000) 1930-09-22 - Antonio Saura, Spanish painter 1943-09-23 - Julio Iglesias, Spain, singer >>> 1946-12-05 - Jose Carreras, Barcelona Spain opera tenor 1951-09-25 - Pedro Almodovar, Spain, director/screenwriter 1954-09-25 - Juande Ramos, Spanish Football Manager 1962-09-08 - Sergio Casal, Spanish tennis player 1962-09-28 - Luis Enrique, spanish singer 1969-09-24 - Goya Toledo, Spanish actress and model 1972-09-15 - Princess Letizia of Spain 1983-09-01 - José Antonio Reyes, Spanish footballer
Famous Spanish Deaths in September 1506-09-25 - Felipe I, the handsome, King of Castile (Spain) (1504-06), dies 1542-09-16 - Diego de Almagro, Spanish captain-general of Peru, beheaded 1547-09-02 - Hernan Cortes, Spanish general (defeated Aztec Indians) >>> 1554-09-22 - Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, Spanish explorer 1558-09-21 - Charles V, King of Spain (Carlos I) / Holy Roman Emperor, dies at 58 1598-09-13 - Philip II, King of Spain (1556-98), dies at 71 1654-09-08 - Peter Claver, Spanish saint (baptized 300,000 slaves), dies 1665-09-17 - Philip IV, King of Spain (1621-55), dies 1833-09-29 - Ferdinand VII MF, king of Spain, dies 1984-09-26 - Paquirri, Spanish bullfighter (b. 1948) 1999-09-10 - Alfredo Kraus, Spanish tenor