You know you are in a Dreamer’s house, when…

In the entrance of the neatly arrange condo, you discover metal cable (life line for the pros), gasoline canister and various items in transit peacefully displayed… and no-one complains about it!

You spot a pile of book in the entrance way, and only nautical theme books are available. The only book on the coffee table is Beth Leonard bible. And in the washroom the magazine are all sailing cruising related.

And finally, tied to the dining room table an outboard engine sits there looking like it actually belongs here!

This is only possible, when both partner in the couple are dreaming of the same objective. When both share the excitements of a gasoline smell mixed with cereals in the morning or tolerate some mess around the house just because it’s for the boat. I am also reminded via lots of conversation with other husband, that I am very lucky to have a wife, who is equally excited toward this goal. Not a common site, so gentlemen (you know who you are) we need to count ourselves lucky and treasure this fact every day. Stop reading, walk toward or call your partner and say thank you. We are privileged and we shall never forget it.

Wow that was beautiful! I amaze myself, it nearly brought a tear to the corner of my eyes. Nearly I said… While *V* smiles…

On another token, I am feeling  philosophical this morning, so the island of the day will be different.

We always see palm trees on every island, they are the symbols of tropical islands, the image we grow with, so how do they get there? The coconut palm thrives on sandy soils and is highly tolerant of salinity. It prefers areas with abundant sunlight and regular rainfall (150 cm to 250 cm annually), which makes colonizing shorelines of the tropics relatively straightforward.  Thanks to its sturdy fruit which is able to float hundreds of miles on marine currents, and to top it all is so refreshing!

Coconuts also need high humidity (70–80%+) for optimum growth, which is why they are rarely seen in areas with low humidity, like the south eastern Mediterranean or Andalusia, even where temperatures are high enough (regularly above 24°C or 75.2°F).

Coconut palms require warm conditions for successful growth, and are intolerant of cold weather. Optimum growth is with a mean annual temperature of 27 °C (81 °F), and growth is reduced below 21 °C (70 °F). Some seasonal variation is tolerated, with good growth where mean summer temperatures are between 28–37 °C (82–99 °F), and survival as long as winter temperatures are above 4–12 °C (39–54 °F); they will survive brief drops to 0 °C (32 °F). Severe frost is usually fatal, although they have been known to recover from temperatures of ?4 °C (24.8 °F).[7] They may grow but not fruit properly in areas where there is not sufficient warmth, like Bermuda.

The conditions required for coconut trees to grow without any care are:

  • mean daily temperature above 12-13 °C every day of the year
  • 50 year low temperature above freezing
  • mean yearly rainfall above 1000 mm
  • no or very little overhead canopy, since even small trees require a lot of sun

The main limiting factor is that most locations which satisfy the first three requirements do not satisfy the fourth, except near the coast where the sandy soil and salt spray limit the growth of most other trees.