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Ho ho hooooo….

Life in Lanzarote Posted on Fri, December 07, 2018 01:51:23

Lanzarote is preparing for…. Christmas… yés…already for some…days? noooo… some…weeks

White, blue, green and red (OMG) lights are on everywhere, it is funny because of the good weather you don’t really think about Christmas, neither decoration @ 25 degrees in the shadow 😉 but they do…

So even before the Holy man Saint Nicholas put his feet on the warm island, Santa Claus already decorated it …

And the ‘today inauguration’ of the Christmas tree in one of the most famous and luxury hotels of Playa Blanca the ‘Princesa Yaiza’ Resort :

We also had a great event in Teguise, one of the oldest and most beautiful towns in Lanzarote, it was about drinks, food and workshops. We went with friends and enjoyed it a lot ! The best cooks were represented as well as the typical Lanzarote wines…njammie…

The future generation…

And an action against violence on woman…

And off course we had some wonderful walks around the island, with some stunning views…enjoy…

C u next week and if we don’t meet next week then please enjoy x-mas in your homes, family and heart, love all of you !!!

Autumn is in the air

Life in Lanzarote Posted on Wed, November 07, 2018 23:35:44

A lot of things happened since I am back in Lanzarote… Some very nice things and some others…

One of the splendid things were the butterflies, they were all over the island (and still are) they come from the Sahara and travel to Europe, and weirdly enough they fly around twice. So there are…9 generations of butterflies (they live +- 2 months) doing this trip… Incredible no ?

As you know in the meanwhile 😉 we love the off-road trips… so we went on a trip to Soo, which is called the local desert of Lanzarote. We have been there quite a few times but it is always amazing and the dogs love to run in the desert. For those who know Lanzarote it is near to the famous surfer’s paradise ‘Famara’.

We discovered a nice goat farm

The stunning views if you travel to the end of the desert :

And once at the time, in the desert, where often you don’t meet anyone, I saw a female Podenco (dogs used for hunting on the island) running to our dogs to welcome them… This was so amazing, she seemed so very glad to meet our dogs…a few minutes later a woman appeared. She lives in the mountains and welcomes the lost or abandoned Podenco’s that live in the hills. This one decided to become ‘her’ dog, another one left her house a few weeks before, probably to join a Podenco group up in the hills. The woman told me she thought this Podenco still misses the other one, keeps searching after him and is so happy to meet other dogs as Tashi x Oscar. We were talking about the destiny of the Podenco’s, we hugged and left. What a wonderful human being and what a wonderful dog! What a gift to meet them.

When we talk about Canarian Islands or Spain, we are talking about these poor hunting dogs, Podenco’s or Galgo’s. It is probably the only thing that I don’t like here. I hate to see them in small cages without food (they need to be hungry to hunt) and dirty water, and unfortunately there is not much you can do about it. We try to help them as good as we can but mentalities need change and so far it is extremely difficult to help them. Lots of police officers are hunters as well so you understand that they don’t collaborate easily even if we persist…
So please, if you are interested helping these poor dogs take a look @ the Facebook Page ‘Saving the Lanzarote Podencos’ and if you would like to help them, the association desperately needs money to save Podenco’s, take care of them and hopefully send them to a good family.
Here a little explanation on their FB page :

At the end of our road trip there was no way back, impossible to return and so I had to pass in this kind of mini ‘lake’ because of the rain the day before…it was quite exciting
😉 because we didn’t really now how deep the water was. I put the car in Jeep mode and we got through it… OMG

Ok ok, let’s go for a car wash because the dirt is everywhere…even on the roof…

We also had a few nice walks in ‘La Geria’ the famous wine road, the system is unique in the world. Let’s take a look to the fabulous pictures :

One of the big volcanoes of the island behind La Geria…

And there goes Oscar…

Oscar loves the wine road 😉

And then there is… Tashi…my little acrobat…

My poor little blind boy hurt himself so hard jumping of the sofa…he grabbed on the armrest, what he never does, I was thinking to myself ‘oh no, no he won’t jump from there’ and as I got closer…yés he did…and I was too late to catch him. He fell terribly hard! He is always such a brave little guy who won’t never ever complain, but this time he was so terribly in pain that we had to bring him urgently to the vet, he couldn’t move his neck anymore and he had two big bruises. We nearly stayed two hours in the vet’s place, they were very performant, we had a control yesterday and luckily he’s getting better, till it’s not over yet and still taking medecine. We will make him another nice Shiatsu treatment when we’re done with the pills !

Then there was a…motorcycle…

which had to pass the motor inspection (yes they also have motorcycle control in Spain)

I tell my garage to make an appointment in the inspection center of the capital and not in the nearest one because of a bad experience last year)…what does he do? He makes the appointment in the …wrong inspection center… My feeling didn’t betray me, everything was ok except the…noise 😉 of the exhaust… Yés off course, but that is nice isn’t it?? No?? Ah ok…. smiley As I was not so very happy 😉 with the result (red card) I was defending myself that in the ‘other place in the capital’ there never ever is a problem, the guy responding to me ‘yes lady but here we have the newest machines’ and yés indeed that’s exactly why I DIDN’T WANT THE APPOINTMENT IN YOUR PLACE GRR…
I think at the end he had enough of it so he advised me to put some steel sponges in the exhaust… so off we went buying those things and YES, after 3 trials and a few sponges more…I’ve got my green card !!!! Off we go, on the road again 😉


Ps : Christmas articles start being spread out in the shops already, there we goooo…

October retreat

Lanzarote retreats Posted on Sat, October 13, 2018 01:36:50

Hello dear friends,

We’ve just finished the october retreat. The weather was very lovely which means in fact very hot with very warm nights just as last year when I finally decided to buy a mobile airco because of the terrible heat in our room (south off course 😉

Please enjoy the pictures below..

One of the first days of the retreat we were so happy to meet these beautiful creatures of nature. It was a real gift, they were crossing the road, we could almost touch them, they came all down from the mountains continuing gently to the goat farm.

In the meanwhile our little Oscar was so unhappy to hurt himself badly (an open wound in his neck) = vet visit and this horrible thing around his neck for more than a week and (grr) antibiotics.. till now we couldn’t find out how it happened. Luckily he’s better now, good old Oscar is back 😉 jumping and running… On the photo below he needed a bit of love and understanding…

When we meditate, we off course go Jeep driving in the sand 😉 and then walk down to be as near as we can to the water (what an exercise 😉

The magical colors of Los Hervideros, one of the island most beautiful sites…

A meditation near to one of the ‘natural pools’ with stunning views…

Oh, euh, no we don’t need to meditate all the time, do we ?

One of Cesar Manrique’s favorite spots were the mountains of Famara.. It nearly turns into a mystic place when the clouds move on over the mountains.

We had a nice walk to one of the most stunning beaches from the island called Papagayo with clear blue water and sandy beaches. The whole site is protected by Unesco.

Another fabulous walk till the ‘center’ of a volcano, I couldn’t ever describe the feeling you have when you enter in the crater…


Another walk around a Volcano named ‘Montana Roja’ I suppose you will ask yourself why? 😉

And then there were… dolphins… As an additional excursion and for those who don’t suffer from sea sickness off course, we now propose to go on ‘dolphin’ or ‘whale’ spotting’. As they have a large ‘playground’ you are never sure to meet them but this time we were extremely lucky to see a lot of them, playing around the boat, jumping and following us, it was an incredible experience which words could never ever describe…

You are already so lucky to see them, you try to make this one shot of the sunset and you are so blessed to have one of them jumping in front of you, making this sunset even more special…

See you soon… Wednesday the 17th i’m leaving for Belgium, looking forward to see my belgian friends !



S'art'sam Posted on Sat, October 13, 2018 01:21:49

3 new ones…

I added salt, honey and lava sand. Do you like them?

I still have to learn an AWFUL lot, but I’m working hard (mmm what’s in a name;-) on it ;-))))

Big hugs and see you soon !

Arrecife, capital of Lanzarote

Life in Lanzarote Posted on Sat, September 08, 2018 16:25:57

Arrecife is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city full of culture and history. The name derives from the Spanish for reef and refers to the volcanic rock formations that lie out to the sea and protect the harbour.

Arrecife was a small fishing village in the 15th century until it grew and became the capital in 1852. Today it’s well known for shopping with lots of streets and boutiques.

Arrecife has also its own beach, Playa del Reducto, with golden sand and beautiful water.
Lanzarote’s most famous artist, Manrique, landscaped most of the island, except Arrecife which developed before his time. So it’s the only place where you will find high buildings…

Although it’s nice to visit Arrecife and feel the energy of a city (so different from our calm Playa Blanca 😉



S'art'sam Posted on Sat, September 08, 2018 15:54:49

I am so happy to (finally) finish some of my work and so happy to share it with you !

At this time I am quite busy with other things… -administration ;-( – but I hope that @ the end of September I can continue exploring painting…

Hugs to all of you !

New retreats after the holidays

Lanzarote retreats Posted on Sat, September 08, 2018 14:47:00

We are really looking forward to meet our new guests in the coming months.

As you know we still discover new spots since we have the Jeep, passing nearly everywhere on the island.

At morning it’s time to have breakfast and ‘ressource’ ourselves in quiet places near to the ocean, mountains or volcanoes. We enjoy meditation, breathing, music…

After lunch we start visiting the most beautiful spots of the island. And off course there is always time for a swim in the meanwhile.

Hope to welcome you once, who knows ?

Open house @ Kruitfabriek 8 x 9 / 9

International Shiatsu Academy Posted on Sat, September 08, 2018 14:39:53

The Open House in collaboration with Studio World Tree is going on…right now, while I am writing this blog…

I am such a lucky person to have Hilde x Cinthia, most wonderful persons, representing Sa t’sam.

Thanks to these girls ! and wait and see which direction our Academy will take from now on as a lot of things changed since I left Belgium…

Another Open House will be organized on the 22 th of September, (14 – 17 o clock) please do subscribe if you would like to come

Place to be :
De Kruitfabriek
Steenkaai 44 D
1800 Vilvoorde

C u there maybe ? smiley

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