The poster for Carnival in Santa Cruz de La Palma

Carnival!

 UPDATE: Correct date for the 60s wedding Sorry for the gap in posting. I’ve had flu, so I missed the start of Carnival. Here’s the program for Santa Cruz: The rest of the program is HERE. And here’s the program for Los Llanos:   Other dates worth noting: Los Sauces will hold the 60s wedding on Sunday 14th at 6pm. and the sardine’s funeral on Saturday 20th at 9:30 pm.

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The 19th century butcher's shop, Breña Baja, La Palma

Breña Baja: The Old Butcher’s Shop

The old butcher’s shop stands on the outskirts of the village of San Jose, in Breña Baja, near the Paradorof La Palma. The building dates from the late 19th century, and it was a butcher’s shop until the 1960s. But now it’s been renovated as a craft exhibition and shop. Although the place is small, they’ve packed a lot in. They’ve got lots of traditional embroidery and basketwork. They’ve also…

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Books in Spanish

Just a reminder that both my paperback books are available in Spanish too. Like the English editions, you can buy them directly from me, or from Amazon. (Full disclosure: if you buy direct, it costs you the same, but I get a little more money.) If you’re looking for presents for friends and family on La Palma, it’s rather quick and easy.

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eace Day doves at an infant school, Breña Baja

Peace Day

Spain stayed out of both world wars, so they don’t celebrate Remembrance Day in November. They have Peace Day instead, which schools usually celebrate on January 30th. Of course this year they did it on Friday 28th. In Primary school they wear something white, or mostly white (if the children remembered to tell Mummy), and usually they go into the village centre and sing a song. At high school, the…

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Almond blossom around an old barn with a dragon tree. Garafia, La Palma island

Almond Blossom in Garaf??a and Puntagorda

The almond trees have blossomed early this year. Most of the almond trees are in Puntagorda and Garafía, although there’s a good number in El Paso too. They produce small, rather bitter almonds which are out of fashion and don’t fetch a good price, (although I enjoy a saucer of toasted almonds with a glass of wine) so that most people don’t harvest the almonds, or only harvest for their…

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