San Jose Manor House, R.I.P.

San Jose has a ruined manor house, dating from something like the C16th. I don’t know the building’s history, but the island has lots of old manor houses left from the days when sugar cane made the island was rich. I’ve always dreamed of one day being filthy rich enough to buy it and restore it, because it must have been gorgeous once. It’s no bigger than my modern house,…

April 30, 2008
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Still Hot

April 29, 2008

The weather was supposed to have got back to normal by now, but it’s still too hot for my taste. All right – it’s less hot. In fact it’s just about perfect for lazing on the beach. Me? I’ve been rushing around again. I’m still taking little Sam to and from nursery. Actually this is a small job, and a rather nice one. I’d forgotten how nice it is to…

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San Jose Manor House, R.I.P.

April 28, 2008

San Jose has a ruined manor house, dating from something like the C16th. I’ve always dreamed of one day being filthy rich enough to buy it and restore it, because it must have been gorgeous once. It had carved balconies and wooden ceilings. For some time it’s been empty and far too dilapidated to live in. I heard that the owners couldn’t get planning permission to fix it, so it…

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Taking the Hump

April 28, 2008

Crater of St Antony’s Volcano. You can see people on the skyline at the right. The most recent eruption in the Canary Islands was Teneguía, in 1971 (see Thursday, 21 February 2008 Which Planet Are You On?). It’s a nice place to visit, but you have to be fairly fit. St. Antony’s Volcano (Volcan San Antonio) is nice in a completely different way. For one thing, it looks like a…

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Hot Stuff

We have the calmina – the wind off the Sahara again. This used to only happen a couple of times a summer, but for the last five years or so it’s been happening more frequently, and over more of the year. We even had calima in January this year. To be honest, that was rather nice for everyone except the farmers. We don’t often swim in the sea in the…

April 27, 2008
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Living in Ad Land

I cooked stir-fried beef for lunch. After the first couple of mouthfuls, my husband started making “yum-yum” noises and pointing at his plate. (He’s far too well brought up to talk with his mouth full.) I had my own mouth full, so I put my hand over my heart and bowed as best I could sitting down, then held my cheek out to be kissed. He obliged. Then our son…

April 26, 2008
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