Videos from the Sardine’s Funeral, 2017

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…


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


Another forest fire

Last night a 27-year-old man of no known address went a little way into the forest near Jedey to relieve himself. When he’d finished, he set fire to the toilet paper. In a very dry forest, during a heatwave, with signs everywhere saying “Hire fire risk”. Words fail me. He’s been arrested. The police caught him almost immediately when they went to investigate the fire. Unfortunately the fire raced away….

August 4, 2016

Blasted car rally

I really hate the annual car rally that comes past my front door. The snarling noise goes on for almost 11 hours and I can’t get my car out unless I remembered to park it elsewhere before they start.  This year was worse. I left home early to be sure I could get to work at the observatory, got as far as Mirca, and found another section of road blocked…

November 15, 2014

Cheeky Raven

October 21, 2014

I had two groups up at the observatory today. There was a pretty cold wind on the heliport at 10 am, so I cut that part a bit short. But not before one of the ravens turned up to say “Hello.” Well, I’d got some cat biscuits in the car just for him/her, and s/he ate from my hand while people took photos, which was all very nice. Then I…


“The Spontaneous Guide” UPDATED

July 21, 2014

One thing I never mentioned about visiting the hot spring: there were three Brits there who don’t speak much Spanish. So I wound up translating for them. It was only afterwards that I found that one of them, Steve Simpson, was an artist invited by the Tourist Board to visit and illustrate La Palma as part of #onthedraw. Even then, I wasn’t expecting to see myself on Facebook. I love…