Christmas holidays saw our return to Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Isles which lay just 90 Kms. off the west coast of
We were looking for a large house on a sizable plot by
Our search took us inland looking at the area between Granadilla to the east and Guia de Isora to the west. Google earth gives a fair impression of the hilly terrain.
Above 550 metres high can be quite cool in winter and a bit hotter in summer so we tried to stick below that level on our search.
To Build, Buy, or Restore was our dilemma. A self build would probably be our favourite option. Though we tried to keep our minds open to the other possibilities too.
Modern or renovated Villas found in urban settings often had as little as 600 m2 of land. Far too small for us to make a new garden in, at least one that would occupy us in the years to come; even those on larger plots often had difficult access and rocky terrain.
We were offered some interesting properties though none of them ‘ticked all the boxes’.
The garden elements of the properties we saw were often impressive with magnificent views over the
The wide range of plants which can be grown in the mild climate also makes re-locating an interesting proposition to me. Colourful tropical species would be a delight to work with; blending them with the cactus and other desert plants in the arid zones would be the challenge. Is not that the type of challenge that keeps gardening interesting to so many people?