San Martin

November 12, 2017

While most of Europe celebrates Remembrance Day, here it’s St. Martin’s Day – San Martin. (Spain was officially neutral in both world wars, so they don’t have a Remembrance Day). San Martin is traditionally when the chestnuts are ready to pick, and the new wine from the summer’s grape harvest is ready to drink. (Although with global warming, the chestnuts have been in the shops for weeks.) So most families…

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White sands beach

The not-vey-white sand at Salemera beach, Mazo, La Palma Island
September 2, 2017

La Palma has lots of little beaches tucked away here and there, like Salemera. You take the main road from Santa Cruz or the airport to Fuencaliente, and just south of Mazo, follow the marked turning off. After four twisty kilometres, you wind up at the little village. It’s easy to park. The beach itself is tiny, but very sheltered. You don’t have to worry that a big wave will…

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El Borrachito Forgetero 2017

Model of a man hosing out sparks El Borrachito fiesta, Mazo, La Palma
August 18, 2017

Tomorrow (Saturday) night is the big fiesta in Lodero, Mazo El Borrachito Fogatero. Or at least it’s scheduled for about 2 am on Sunday morning. But since it involves lots and lots of fireworks and we’ve been having very hot weather, I think there’s a chance it’ll be postponed or cancelled due to the fire risk.

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Corpus Christi tomorrow

June 14, 2017

  Tomorrow is Corpus Christi in Mazo. That is, they’ll be making the archways and carpets tonight, and most people will go and see them tomorrow, but they’ll stay up until Sunday night. Also on Sunday they’ll hold a special mass in the church at 11:30 followed by a procession around the archways. The full program is here (in Spanish). If you miss this, you can see some examples from…

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La Palma’s Embroidery Museum

November 17, 2016

The table cloth on the stairs La Palma has a long tradition of gorgeous embroidery. As I mentioned in my previous post, the embroidery museum is upstairs in the Red House, in Mazo. This gorgeous tablecloth in broderie anglaise is halfway up the stairs. Assisi embroidery, a form of cross stitch. About the only thing in the museum I could see myself making. Now I’m fairly good at cross stitch,…

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The Red House in Mazo

November 14, 2016

The Red House, Mazo La Palma’s embroidery museum is upstairs in the Red House in Mazo.  Downstairs is a museum about the fiesta of Corpus Christi in Mazo. If you’re on La Palma for June 4th next year, for goodness’ sake go and see the archways. If not, I strongly recommend the museum. Some of the things used to make the Corpus Christi archways, and a block for chopping them…

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