Persimmons

Persimmon tree in Las Nieves, Santa Cruz., La Palma
February 26, 2018

The persimmons are ripe. On La Palma, persimmons are called Kaki or Sharon, and I believe the tree comes from Asia originally. They’re much nicer when really ripe. The catch is that by the time they’re ready for eating, they’ve gone squishy, so they don’t travel well. Personally, I love them with Greek yoghurt.

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Spot the Lava Flow

November 26, 2017

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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Rural Houses

There’s an alternative kind of accommodation aside from the obvious hotels and pensions on La Palma, and that’s casas rurales – country houses. As the name suggests, these are houses for rent in the countryside. It’s self-catering accommodation, which is, of course, very flexible, and tends to suit walkers. The local government has a registration scheme, and they have a reputation for being demanding, which is good news for tourists….

September 30, 2017
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A religious grotto in Breña Alta

August 22, 2017

La Palma has a network of marked hiking trails. The LP 19, in Breña Alta runs up from San Pedro, past a series of springs, into the lower end of San Isidro, and back down to the main road. Like most of these paths, the scenery is beautiful and keeps changing. And this path included bonuses. Several of the springs feed laundry bowls. Since it’s easier to carry clothes than…

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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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42nd Isla Bonita Car Rally

Rally car zooming through San Jose, Breña Baja
November 5, 2016

The annual car rally is today, with about 60 cars going along the route three times. This is quite a big event in the national rally calendar, because racing along La Palma’s twisty roads is not at all like racing round a track. Today’s route goes through the Breñas and Mazo. The road will be shut at 10:09, 13:23 and 16:37. It opens again an hour later when all the cars…

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