Well the human’s did not get far with the tapa’s specials in town.  As soon as they ran into friends they ended up staying with them.  They were full by then any way.

Jobs on the boat are going well.  The humans got all the bedding and towels all washed today.  Having a washing machine would be great, but we do not have the room yet, as the boat is full of spares.  Instead it takes the humans ‘ages’ to hand wash and ring out all those sheets, blankets and towels.  It becomes a chore!

The humans tested their repairs to the leaky forward tank.  Thank you ‘chemical weld’.  And they worked!  This will greatly improve their water supply.  All the leaks in the head (toilet-shower room) have now been epoxied closed.  Now it should not rain in the saloon when someone has a shower.  They also got the stern anchor, an aluminium fortress, mounted on the back of the boat ready to deploy.  They still have lots to do.

I do not mind as I get lots of walks on the beach and lots of time to sleep, during the day, while they work.  The weather is fine and there is always a nice breeze in the shade.

Well time for the next mural.  This one is very different from any of the other murals.  I call this one ‘Industry’.

Again ‘the devil is in the detail’.


It is like it is an island.

Are these the ‘natives’ approaching the island?

Lets start with a close up of the bottom.

And working up from the bottom

Next layer up

And a close up of the very top

There is a strange scale down one side of the wall, and we think this is the artists name.

We have not had a chance to check out this web site. Tell us if there is anything interesting on it in the comments section.


29. December 2012 · Comments Off on The Canary Islands:Fuerteventura-Gran Tarajal (Mural 11-The Moods of the Sea) · Categories: Posts

The human’s finally got the dual fuel filter and fuel polishing system up and running.  The problem was traced to one of them putting one the the fuel filters together wrong. Da!

They are going to give the engine mounts a touch up with paint and finally sort out that temperamental bilge pump.  Then they are finally out of the engine room and onto more exciting jobs.

The freezer has been icing over and they suspect that it is not sealing well.  I do not want my precious fish supply to be damaged.  They talked the local fish shop to let them store their frozen goods temporarily in their freezer.  Well it was not really ‘talk’ them into it.  It was more like ‘google translated’ them notes.  The box can thaw now and they can make a new seal using Sikoflex, cling film (Seran rap) and cooking oil.

The human’s heard the local cafes are offering a 2 euro drink and tapas deal for the days leading up to New Year.  You know they are going to have to check this out, so I will be dragged out from cafe to cafe tonight.

I have your mural for the day.  I call this one The Moods of the Sea because of all the different colours and textures of the sea below the boat.  Check it out.

The building side

Trying to get a good picture for you


The poor boat is being tossed about

Sailing boat?

Check out the waves

It does look like that boat might get swamped

Look at all the layers of the sea

Did you spot the bottle? Do you think it contains a message?

Do not forget the flying fish. One looks just like a plane.




28. December 2012 · Comments Off on The Canary Islands:Fuerteventura-Gran Tarajal (Mural 10-The Trap) · Categories: Posts

The winds have come to Gran Tarajal.  All the kids, and adults young at heart, have rushed out to the beach to get in some body boarding.  The cooler temperatures make working on the boat a little more comfortable for the humans.  They should not complain about the hot temperatures, as I hear family back in Canada and England have it very different!

I have your mural for the day.  I call this one The Trap.  See if you can figure out why?


I think the ‘big guy’ is a lurer fish.

What do you think his lurer is?

What is it? Can you tell?

Don’t do it! It is a trap!

Gran Tarajal on the anchor

Hope you enjoyed!



27. December 2012 · Comments Off on The Canary Islands:Fuerteventura-Gran Tarajal (Mural 9-Drying Fish) · Categories: Posts

Not all the murals here in Gran Tarajal are comical.  Some of the murals do depict aspects of traditional life.

This mural depicts the community effort of drying a catch of fish.

Mural of the community drying fish on the beach

Even with the wide spread use of refrigeration and freezers, fish are still dried in the Canaries in the traditional way.

Close up of Drying Fish mural

The fish are split open, to make them thinner for drying, and washed in sea water, to get the drying process started.

Close up of the women laying the fish out to dry on the volcanic beach.

A child helping, or playing, at the waters edge?

The fish left to be split and dried


The humans look ‘worst for wear’ this morning.  Even I am tired after playing with the kids all day yesterday.  Happy Boxing day everyone.


Here is your next mural.  I call this one Pirate vs Octopus.


Pirate vs Octopus

Who do you think will win the fight?

Will it be the crazy skeleton pirate?

Or will it be the giant octopus?