The Devil on the Beach

This is the first page of “The Devil on the Beach”, one of the stories in my anthology, “The Seer’s Stone”. Click on the link for a larger version. You can get more information about the book (and how to buy it) here.

June 6, 2014

Carnival programmes 2014

Santa Cruz de La Palma‘s programme is here. (The actual programme starts on page 7) Los Llanos‘s programme is here The programme for Los Sauces is here I’ve just found out that some places (El Paso, Garafía, Tijarafe, Fuencaliente and Puntallana) held their carnival early, presumably so as not to compete with the bigger places. Barlovento‘s is here. Breña Alta had their parade yesterday Breña Baja will have parrandas in…

February 28, 2014

Almond Blossom Fiesta

Sunday February 2 : From 12:00 A partir de las 12:00h  in the Mercadillo del Agricultor de Puntagorda, Almond shelling competition Friday February 7th: A 6pm in the Pabellón Municipal Fagundo, Exhibition of Rythmic Gimnastics At 8 pm In the Salón de actos de la Casa de la Cultura: wine competition and the presentation of prizes to the winners. At 10 pm in the Comunidad 4 Caminos: party con la Agrupación “Falta Uno” A…

February 5, 2014

Puntagorda Market

This weekend, Puntagorda market has a special attraction. Astrotour will be offering free astronomical observations of the sun, together with workshops and games for children. And on Sunday morning, there’s a workshop on solar energy. There will also be nighttime astronomical observations on the Avenida Almendos near Cafe Itaca. Puntagorda is a village and municipality in the north west of the island. Every Saturday and Sunday, they have a farmers’…

November 21, 2013

The Dragon Tree Viewpoint

There’s a rather nice viewpoint in Puntagorda, on the main road at km 78. Its most obvious attraction is the dragon tree, leaning much further over than the tower at Pisa. > But when I was last there, I was charmed by a tame red-billed chough, Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax barbarus. They’re relatives of rooks and crows, but this particular sub-species only lives on La Palma where they’re called grajas. They’re something…

July 30, 2013

Almond blossom

The north-west of the island is home to great many almond trees, and at this time of the year, they’re all blossoming. The trees in El Paso and Garafía are beautiful, but the best display of all is at Puntagorda. In fact Puntagorda hosts an annual almond blossom fiesta. The date varies — the Town Hall sets it a couple of weeks in advance, to (hopefully) coincide with the best…

January 26, 2013