• The Seer’s Stone
  • The Dodo Dragon and other stories
  • About Sheila Crosby
  • A Breathtaking Window on the Universe

Water Mines on La Palma

Although La Palma has more water than the other Canary Islands, many farmers used to be desperately poor and frequently hungry. The only water for irrigation was rainwater, and obviously they had no control over how much they got. Then somebody suggested digging into the hillside to find water. (If anybody knows who, please tell me.) The idea is that much of the rainwater seeps into the ground, and runs…

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Blessing the Animals in Fuencaliente

Friday is the fiesta of San Antonio Abad (St. Anthony the Abbot) in Fuencaliente, and at midday the priest holds a special, traditional service to bless the animals in the church square. I went a few years ago. I didn’t know whether to expect pets or farm animals, but there were both. At twelve promptly, the priest came out, gave a short sermon on looking after your animals, said a…

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The cover of 'A Breathtaking Window on the Universe: Second edition

Another lovely review

This is from Amazon.co.uk. You can also buy the book here. Sheila Crosby’s enthusiasm for La Palma’s Roque de los Muchachos observatory and her delight in how it reveals the universe to us spills off the pages with clear and simple explanations sweetened with playful humour. Sheila has a rare gift of using everyday words to explain the science and technicalities she obviously understands as a professional with no trivialising….

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The Three Kings on La Palma

Gaspar visiting Santa Cruz de la Palma Although Father Christmas does visit Spanish children, he’s a new arrival. Traditionally the presents arrive on the morning of January 6th, when the three kings visit baby Jesus. This is why the sales haven’t really started yet – Christmas isn’t over here. And on the evening of the 5th, they ride in procession through most of the major towns and villages in Spain….

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Calendar for 2016

Happy 2018

Happy new year. In 2018 I hope to spend a little more time enjoying La Palma. It’s easy for me to get so busy that I go round a little circle of work, the supermarket and German class. I’m expecting a busy year, but I hope to get out of the rut a bit more often.

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Holy Innocents on La Palma

The 28th of December is Holy Innocents’ Day, which commemorates the massacre of the innocents by Herod in Matthew’s gospel (although according to Wikipedia, it’s probably not a historical event). In Spain and Spanish-speaking countries, it’s the Spanish equivalent of April Fool’s Day. For example, one year I told my husband that the police had been around asking whether he’d been jogging in the nude. Now my husband does go…

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