“That bush is singing.”
My companions pretty much ignored my revelation and continued walking up the lane.
“That bush is singing,” I said, more emphatically.
It was enough to make them stop walking and look back at me, their expressions clearly waiting for the punch line.
The minute I said it, the music stopped. Then it started again.
“It’s coming from the riding stables,” they said.
It wasn’t. It was most definitely coming from the bush. By this time I was beginning to contemplate looking around for a large stone and carving out all the things I think people should do, or not do, to make the world a better place. If I was a devout Canario, this bush would now be certified as ‘miraculous’ and an annual pilgrimage would be arranged to honour it.
Then I spotted something on the ground, hidden amongst the undergrowth. It was a Union Jack and it was emblazoned on a mobile phone that was belting out Latino music from beneath a large euphorbia on the Canary Island of La Palma. I may involuntarily have squealed with triumph as I held the phone above my head with a self-satisfied smirk.
“See! It was the bush!”
The phone began to ring again and James answered the call. There was a delay, presumably while the caller absorbed the shock of this unexpected turn of events. Location details were exchanged and a couple of minutes later the phone’s owner showed up. He and his companion had been driving around, constantly calling the number, to try to locate the lost phone. It was a smart plan. Whether or not it would ever have led them to the singing bush is debatable but anyway, we speeded the process along.
Another miracle bites the dust.
Andrea (Andy) Montgomery is a freelance travel writer and co-owner of Buzz Trips and The Real Tenerife series of travel websites. Published in The Telegraph, The Independent, Wexas Traveller, Thomas Cook Travel Magazine, EasyJet Traveller Magazine, Wizz, you can read her latest content on Google+