The Dodo Dragon and other stories

February 27, 2019

“The Dodo Dragon and other stories” (Science Fiction). Nine quirky SF stories from the off-beat imagination of Sheila Crosby. Chose from .mobi (for Kindle) .ePub (for iPad, Sony reader etc.) or .PDF for almost anything. Due to the changes in EU sales tax, this book is currently only available from Amazon. Amazon.co.uk Amazon.comand  Amazon.es If you want a format other than .mobi, send me an email and I’ll see what I can…

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Santa Cruz town hall murals

Mural by Mariano de Cossio in Santa Cruz town hall, La Palma island
February 23, 2019

Santa Cruz town hall is open to the public, and the main staircase is well worth a look because of the mural showing the traditional labours of the island. It’s by Mariano de Cossio (1890-1960)

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Where on Earth is La Palma anyway?

Map of the Canary Islands, showing La Palma at top left
February 20, 2019

I originally came to La Palma to work at the astronomical observatory here. Almost as soon as I heard I’d got the job, my parents went to a travel agent to find out how much it would cost to visit. The young man at the desk said, “Las Palmas de Gran Canaris? Certainly Sir. I’ll just look it up for you.” “No,” explained my father. “The island of La Palma….

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Water filters

February 15, 2019

Some of the older houses still use these water filters and coolers in summer. You put the water into the bowl at the top, made of a porous stone (I think it’s volcanic tuff). The water filters through, and drips into the bottom bowl, which isn’t porous. Obviously this filters out any impurities, and because some of the water evaporates, the rest cools down. The stand for the wooden bowls…

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The Barranco de las Angustias

This is the Barranco de las Angustias the Ravine of Anguish. The name comes from the conquest of the island, back at the end of the fifteenth century. Most of the tribes on the island took one look at the heavily-armed Spanish, and gave up without a fight. Four tribes fought briefly, but soon surrendered. After all, the original inhabitants, the Benhoaristas, had only stick and stones to fight against…

February 12, 2019
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The rhinocerous rock

The rhinocerous rock, Tijarafe, LaPalma island
February 7, 2019

Just south of Tijarafe, on the main LP-1 road, there’s this rock that looks like a rhinocerous. The best viewpoint is from the bridge at the top of the ravine. I think it looks best in the late afternoon,like this photo.

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