Wig Fiesta 2017

February 26, 2017

Carnival in Santa Cruz kicks off with the wig fiesta on Friday night. It’s a brilliant idea, because bought wigs start from about 2.50€, so almost anyone can afford it, and creative people can (and do) make their own. Click for a the full size version of the panorama.

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Carnival Programs

The kids' carnival bus, Breña Baja, La Palma
February 24, 2017

Carnival is starting. Time for some fun! Programs Santa Cruz de La Palma Los Llanos de Aridane Los Sauces Highlights Friday 24/02/2017  Wig fiesta: Santa Cruz de La 15:00 live music in the Cuadrilátero. Saturday 25/02/2017 18:00 Ambassador’s Parade Monday 27/02/2017 Los Indianos, Santa Cruz de La Palma Sunday 05/03/2017  13:00 60s Wedding Los Sauces Satrday 11/03/2017  21:30 Sardine’s funeral, Los Sauces

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Ice at the Roque

February 22, 2017

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.

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Where on Earth is La Palma anyway?

Map of the Canary Islands, showing La Palma at top left
February 13, 2017

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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Heather Trees on La Palma

February 10, 2017

All the heather trees are in bloom along the road to the Roque de los Muchachos. Yes, heather trees. Canarian heather (Erica arborea) is close relatives of English and Scottish heather, but it’s a tree, growing anything up to 5 m tall. The tiny leaves are very like English heather, and the flowers are much the same shape, but always white. The wood’s very dense and hard, so it’s good…

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Water filters

February 6, 2017

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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