Palmeran Sow Thistles (Sonchus palmensis)

Sow thistles look rather like a dandelion gone ballistic. That is, the individual flowers look much like dandelions, but they’re growing on a shrub anything up to 2 m (6 ft) tall. And now they’re flowing all over the island, especially on the east, up to about 1,000 ft. Like so many other plants here, La Palma has a different species from everywhere else – Sonchus palmensis. The local names…

March 27, 2017
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San Jose Wheelbarrow Race

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March 18, 2017

San Jose is Spanish for St Joseph, and St Joseph was Jeses’s earthly father, so Spanish father’s day is held on St Joseph’s day (March 17th) and the village of San José has a fiesta. On the Sunday after the 17th, they have a wheelbarrow race. Each couple gets timed as they hop in sacks to the wheelbarrows; …slalom to the first stand where they put lipstick on each other…

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El Llanito Sardine

There’s one sardine’s funeral left, at El Llanito in Breña Baja, this Saturday at 9pm. It’s a much smaller sardine, as you can see here, but it’s usually great fun. Sadly I will probably miss it, because I won’t be on the island. (I say “probably” because the weather forecast isn’t good and they might postpone it.)   You won’t be able to park in the village unless you go…

March 17, 2017
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Photos of the sardine’s funeral, 2017

Amazing drag queen shoes at the sardine's funeral in Los Sauces
March 15, 2017

Here at last are some photos from the sardine’s funeral at Los Sauces. You can see videos of it in the previous post and there’s an explanation of the event here. There will be another, much smaller sardine’s funeral at El Llanito on Saturday night.

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Videos from the Sardine’s Funeral, 2017

Sardine
March 12, 2017

Last night the town of Los Sauces officially ended carnival with a funeral for a sardine. Most places in Spain seem to do this, but the one in Los Sauces is particularly good. As you can see, they have a huge sardine. Even better, they don’t carry her sedately on the back of a lorry. The pall bearers make her dance as though she’s in a rough sea. This year…

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Sardine’s funeral in Los Sauces tonight

The Sardine
March 11, 2017

This is one of my favourite events of the year, even more than Los Indianos. The sardine’s funeral starts at 9:30 pm, and the actual cremation will probably be around 11 pm. I must go and get ready. I’m going as a punk butterfly this year and I need to get some piercings in my wings.

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