Fuertaventura – Greeting the Wildlife ~*

Good morning friend’s! How are ya?? Again, I have a new refreshing post for y’all to react yer eyes upon so let’s get started…

On our fifth day, we were set to go to the Oasis Zoo… too eager maybe as we set our alarms to wake up for 7am but of course, our phones times are all messed up and so we woke up at 6am… the sun wasn’t even up yet! 

As we wondered sleepily for the pick up hotel for the bus that would take us there, we realised that we had to be there earlier than we thought, so the sleepy walk turned into a power walk to catch a bus that ended up being late anyways!

Two hours later, our feet touched down on the grainy, pebbly ground that was the entrance to the zoo and our spirits brightened considerably!

The zoo itself had a wide selection of animals including these guys!

Giraffes of course, are my favourite animal and I was able to feed them as well as the zebras, ponies, emus and the like!

Near the end of our trip, my brother, my dad and myself all had the pleasure of joining a small group in having a lemur experience. We actually got to go into the enclosure and see them up close and personal! We also learned more about them from the keeper that was in charge of leading the group.

Below is a photo that I took of a small group of lemurs gathered together with a baby attaching itself to the mother… it was the cutest thing.

This guy greeted us at the beginning and was a real hippy in character! I took this as we left but never thought he would actually look directly into the camera! 

At the end of the day, we suffered through the two hour journey back, by the end of which, we were all spent. We ended up buying food for tea at the supermarket and collapsed onto the sofa as soon as we could! 

And that was the end of the day… There’s more tomorrow so stay tuned! Take care friend’s, until next time~*

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Fuertaventura – A crafty sort of day ~* 

Good morning friend’s! It’s just me again with another post here! I hope you are all fine and well and enjoying life as much as I am. Let’s begin what was the fourth day of this epic holiday…

This was the day that I had to say my goodbyes to the beautiful vintage bike I had rented, so I had my brother take a commemorative photo of me with it just to show y’all how epic it looked! 

As I went to return it though, the nice man let me extend my rent period until later that day! The people here are really quite friendly I have noticed… so where was next on my agenda of things to do? Well there was a craft market on so that’s where I headed since I love that kinda thing anyways! It was just across the road from the bike shop and there were many stalls to feast my eyes upon… I ended up buying a piece of magical photography mounted upon a black background of wood. Now I don’t usually appreciate photography as much as I do paintings but this guys photographs were just out of this world! I forgot his name sadly but it began with E.

After depositing the photographed piece in the flat for safety, I led the rest of my family to the harbour so that they could see what I was able to see… of course we stopped off at the waikiki lounge bar place for a cocktail or two – since both me and my brother had bikes, we just took off as our folks walked the journey. Anyways! I had the sweet tentation cocktail followed by the daikiki a la fresa one, they were both equally delightful in taste… below is the sweet tentation cocktail…

This was a photo I took of the beginning of one of the market rows we walked by…

I would show y’all the beautiful sunset that I captured as we walked for our team that night but I can tell you that this restaurant called La Calesta scored a 10/10 for atmosphere, food and service! If you are in this neck of the woods go here! I had seafood soup for a starter, meat ravioli – napolitana style – for a main and finished with a beautifully homemade blueberry cheesecake…

After the beautiful meal we all had it was time to retire to our beds… and that’s about it for this post! 

I’ll try and get the sunset photo uploaded for tomorrow’s post, also I’ll put up the name of the photographer when I unpack his photo at home because he was truly something! Until tomorrow then friend’s, take care for now ~* 

Fuertaventura – On Vintage Wheels ~*

Good evening friend’s! And what an early one it is to! I hope you are all well? I am still doing good as always and still enjoying my holiday… I have something new to share with y’all, so let’s get started…

It was day three of our holiday and everyone felt like a day of lazy relaxation was the best way to go… but I had other plans! For a whiley, I had noticed that cycling seemed to be the habit of many people around here so I wanted to try my hand at it to see what was so special about it! I had managed to cycle in the American heat after all so this kind of heat should pose no threat to me…

It was an exceptionally over cast day which I thought would be perfect for a nice bike ride to wherever! I waltzed into to bike place and the first question caught me off guard, or rather the second one did! The shopkeeper had asked what kind of bike I was after to rent for the day and friend’s, if I only had a filter for some situations! I immediately came out with,” Just a cycle bike please.” Duh. In my mind I was cringing for surrounding me was a shop full of cycle bikes! Anyways, after the confusion was overcome, I was on my merry way! Oh, it cost €12 to hire a bike for 24 hours here in case you’re interested. 

I got a beautiful vintage bike with a basket and headed straight to the harbour!

These are just some of the photo’s that I took at the harbour. It was a smaller one than what I’m used to seeing when I’m on my travels but the views were worth the cycle ride!

That night, we went to a restaurant called Ramoon, where I had a fried cheese starter and fillet steak ramoon for a main course (fillet steak wrapped in bacon.) I think out of all of us, I had the best meal and would rate it 9/10… still not perfect but it wasn’t too bad!

That’s about it for now though friend’s, take care and speak to y’all tomorrow ~* 

Fuertaventura – Day 2 ~*

Good morning friend’s! How are we all today? As for me, I am still in paradise, soaking in the sunshine and enjoying life, as usual! Shall I begin this next day in our adventure? I think I shall…

So! After the day of relaxation, we found ourselves geared up and ready to go exploring some of what this place has to offer. So we got all creamed up and wandered where our feet would take us…

After about 20 minutes we came to a small local market, of course, we ventured in to take a look… my brother and I got ourselves an oil painting done on linen by a local artist and my folks came away with a wooden plaque, carved by the owner of the stall himself!

After what I’d say was a 15 minute walk away, we stumbled upon a beach called Waikiki… have to say, I was stunned when I seen the views that awaited us! Here’s some photos for y’all… 

So, this place you can literally sit with yer feet in the sand, looking out to the sea whilst drinking a cocktail… which I did. I had the hunky drink cocktail which consisted in the most part of; southern comfort, passoa, Mango juice and cream, white rum and lime juice! I also snacked on a hawaiin (sorry if it is misspelt) sandwich which consisted of; crab, pineapple, lettuce and tomato. Very delish.

Finally… feast yer eyes on this beautiful beach, showing… was it, Casa Lomo? Or maybe just Lomo… anyways! It shows off the small island that is the closest one to us. It happens to have nothing or noone staying on it as we have been told but it’s pretty to look at for sure!

On the way back, I was pleasantly surprised from the amount of rock shops (as in rock music/era, that kinda thing) there are! My rock needs have been well satisfied…

When it came to tea time, I digress slightly as I made a mistake on the last post, which I came to realise after reading back in my journal. At El Torres, I had a smoked salmon starter and hake for a main course. It was at a restaurant called Poco Loco that I had the sautéed mushroom starter and squid rings for a main. I believe I now have what my folks are calling holiday brain! Anyways, I’d rate this restaurant a 7/10 so it is getting higher day by day!

I believe that is all for this one friend’s but tomorrow will have a new post of summer bliss. As ever, take care and speak to y’all next time! ~* 

Fuertaventura – Day 1 ~*

Good evening friend’s! Here’s another post with photos this time! So without further ado let’s begin…

So, slight regression back to when we landed and first arrived to the apartment…

Here’s our 1st floor terrace ( I was too excited to take photos of the other two! )

I have my own room this time round which has proven itself to be a godsend!

This is the view from my window…

Now that we’re all caught up in feel it’s time to move onto the first full days event’s!

                                ~ Day 1 ~

After the exhaustion of the night before we all felt like we needed a well earned day of sun worshipping and pool loving. And that’s exactly what we did after a small shopping trip to get more wine and essential food stuffs.

Below is a photo that I took of part of the pool which was, and still is, glorious to swim in…

Speaking of wine… I found myself a wine to suit my obsession with giraffes! And what a good wine it was to! 

When it came to tea time (dinner time) we went to the old town to a restaurant called EL Torres or something to that effect? Anyways! Out of 10 I would rate it a solid 6… the food was ok but the service… really, truly not so. I would not recommend it if ya asked me but everyone has a different experience so each to their own, I certainly won’t judge…

The night was rounded off with a good game of gin rummy before our heads found their way onto our pillows for a night of sweet dreams…

That is all for this post friend’s, until next time, take care ~* 

Fuertaventura – Touching Down ~*

Good morning friend’s! How have you all been? Alas I send over greetings from the Canary islands! I should pretty much be able to do daily posts for y’all now that there is much excitement to be had on this new adventure!

So, we arrived at the airport in Edinburgh, stress free and ready to go on our Duncan family adventure! We went to a nice pub called Fringe and I had a super tasty chicken burger and wedges!

As we wondered to our gate, we were greeted by a que of confused and slightly impatient people wandering what was happening. If you’ve ever flown with Ryan Air then you’ll understand but if not then just don’t. Don’t do that to yourself, it’s not worth it. 

After half an hours delay and listening to other people complain, we safely found our selves seated on the seats and were ready to begin our journey… here are some photos of the flight…

My compulsory Gerald photo…

We touched down in sunny Fuertaventura at around 7ish and were greeted by the lovely person who would take us to our 3-storey apartment! Located in the El Sultan complex is our beautiful apartment! I would show y’all photos of it but the WiFi didn’t feel up for it so I’ll try again tomorrow!

The main thing is that we all got here in one piece and enjoyed what was left of the night, drinking wine and munching on some tapas! Stay tuned for more! 

As always friend’s, take care and speak to y’all next time ~* 

 

On the Road Again ~*

Afternoon friend’s! how are y’all? doing good? So I am a day late but I have a somewhat reasonable excuse for this lateness. Let’s get started…

So what has happened between the last post and now? I have been quite busy for a change! I have been painting stuffs in the garden, I have been painting actual projects that I’m working on but the main thing that I have been looking towards is my doggo getting prepared for his ‘spa day.’ Now I know what yer probably thinking, a doggo going for a spa traditionally means being pampered and all that good stuff but what I actually mean is that he went to a really posh vet since our vet had no idea what his problem was. So, with Sir Brinks, we noticed he has a limp every time he walks on one paw, thus in an effort to help him out, this appointment was crucial.

We woke up in the early hours to drive our precious doggo forty minutes down the road to a clinic in the East Neuk of Fife – near Cupar and St. Andrews – to have him checked out. We left him for a few hours so that he could get a CT scan which would, hopefully, give us a diagnosis. In the meantime, we – my dad, brother and myself, – went into a lovely little harbour town called Anstruther…

This place takes me back to my college days when I went on a trip for a photography module that I was studying so it was nice to go back there with fresh eyes and see how the place was doing! I took some photo’s of course so I’ll share some with y’all now…

We didn’t just walk around this precious harbour, we stopped off at two places, the first being a small corner cafe called Coast where we had food – for me it was a bacon, brie and cranberry panini which was delish! The second place was another small cafe called Anstruther Boathouse – this place had a really vintage-type feel to it an the staff were beautiful human beings! I had a mocha and as is tradition, I took photo’s of both of these creations!

For anyone who is interested, these places are not too pricey and give visitors a welcoming environment to chill for a while and take in the scenery that Anstruther has to offer!

Back to Sir Brinks now and when we got back to the vets, there was an update waiting for us. The poor soul has elbow dysplasia, however it is not bad enough to need operated on quite yet! so basically, we have to keep him on medication and just keep an eye on things to make sure they don’t get any worse. At least it wasn’t a tumour! So, that’s about it friend’s, I will leave y’all with a photo of Sir Brinks coming back from the anesthetic, falling asleep with his new toy in his mouth.

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Take care friend’s! enjoy the rest of your week and I’ll be back with more next time! ~*