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…

December 28, 2016
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Canary Bell Flower

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December 12, 2016

This is the Canary bellflower, Canarina canariensis, which has no close living relatives. It scrambles over things, like bindweed, with a stem up to 3 m long, and produces these lovely flowers in December. All the examples I’ve found so far this year are in Los Tilos, on the road up to the visitor centre.

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Spot the Lava Flow

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November 23, 2016

Just north of Fatima, El Paso Ladies and gentlemen, can you spot the lava flow in this picture? This lava flow at Fatima in El Paso is from the eruption of Volcan San Juan (St. John’s volcano) in 1949, but the whole island is volcanic. And, geologically speaking, it’s still in nappies. The very oldest rocks on the island formed as a submarine volcano, some 3 three million years ago….

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La Palma’s Embroidery Museum

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November 17, 2016

The table cloth on the stairs La Palma has a long tradition of gorgeous embroidery. As I mentioned in my previous post, the embroidery museum is upstairs in the Red House, in Mazo. This gorgeous tablecloth in broderie anglaise is halfway up the stairs. Assisi embroidery, a form of cross stitch. About the only thing in the museum I could see myself making. Now I’m fairly good at cross stitch,…

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The Red House in Mazo

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November 14, 2016

The Red House, Mazo La Palma’s embroidery museum is upstairs in the Red House in Mazo.  Downstairs is a museum about the fiesta of Corpus Christi in Mazo. If you’re on La Palma for June 4th next year, for goodness’ sake go and see the archways. If not, I strongly recommend the museum. Some of the things used to make the Corpus Christi archways, and a block for chopping them…

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2016 Craft Fair, Puntallana

Poster for this year's craft fair in Puntallana
August 12, 2016

La Palma’s annual craft fair is a big event. This year over 150 craftsmen and women are taking part, showcasing a huge range of crafts both traditional and modern: pottery, embroidery, carpentry, basketwork, wrought iron, cases for transporting ferrets, crochet, musical instruments, costume jewelry, macrame, shoe-making, cigars, etc. And in case you get hungry, there are an awful lot of food stands selling traditional desserts, wine, cheese, bananas, gofio etc….

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