16 The whole hillside at the Roque de Los Muchachos is in bloom. But where heather moors go purple, the peaks of La Palma go yellow with sticky broom (Adenocarpus viscosus, or codeso in Spanish) and French broom (Genista benehoavensis or retamón palmero in Spanish) Meanwhile the insects are buy enjoying the all-you-can-eat buffet.
Yesterday I went to work as a tour guide at the observatory. At 9a .m. it was 6 ºC, but the ice from overnight was still there, glistening inthe sunlight. Fortunately the road was almost completely clear.
They’re certainly making progress on the new Visitor’s Centre for the observatory, although it’s not due to be finished for another 18 months.
And now we have the concrete for the azimuth ring poured, and things being installed on top of it. They’ve also done over half of the retaining wall.