San Antonio del Monte 2018

June 9, 2018

This weekend San Antonio del Monte in Garafía will hold the biggest livestock fair on the island. San Antonio del Monte used to be a village, but the villagers moved away. About the only thing that’s left is the church of St. Anthony and the feast day, with it’s massive fair. Apart from the animals, there’s a craft fair, and of course lots of stalls selling cheap toys, food and…

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Visits to the observatory

April 24, 2018

The regular morning visits to the observatory are on hiatus due to an administrative problem. I keep hoping they’ll be reorganised soon, and but meanwhile there are some groups available through either elena.nordio@adastralapalma.com. She does night time excursions too, and they get excellent feedback. I can organise groups, but unfortunately it’s only worth my while for groups of at least 10 people.

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Training vines

March 25, 2018

  Spring is here, and the vines are sprouting all over the island. In the south of the island, particularly in Fuencaliente, it’s dry. In a hot summer day, the wind sometmies feels almost like a hairdryer. This could turn the grapes to raisins before you harvest them, so the vines are trained low to the ground to keep them out of the wind. They’re usually planeted in hollows, or…

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Road closures between the observatory and Santa Cruz

March 12, 2018

They’re working on the LP4 road at Los Andennes, near the spectacular view into the Caldera. So the road between the observatory and Santa Cruz will be closed every day in both directions from 09:00 – 13:00 and 16:00 – 19:00.  The road from the Observatory down to Llano Negro in Garafia is not affected. From Santa Cruz this takes about two hours, whether you go through Tijarafe or Barlovento. Allow…

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Snow at the Roque

February 14, 2018

On Sunday I had a tour group at the Roque. The direct route from Santa Cruz was closed due to ice, and I had to go up and down the long way around, through Garafía. It made for a long, tiring day, but the scenery was spectacular. The sun had melted much of the snow, except for anything facing north, and the rest had turned to ice (or was ice…

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The windmill at Buracas

January 28, 2018

The windmill at Buracas was designed by Isidoro Ortega Sánchez (1843-1913), an engineer from Mazo. Isidoro was self taught, but he clearly thought it through very thoroughly.   The windmill’s largely made of tea, the heart wood of a Canarian pine. It’s much cheaper than stone, easily available in most of the island, and it lasts really well, and the construction’s rather simple.   There’s a mechanism to turn the sails…

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