Corpus Christi on Thursday

June 18, 2019

Thursday is Corpus Christi in Mazo. That is, they’ll be making the archways and carpets on Wednesday night, and most people will go and see them toon Thursday, but they’ll stay up until Sunday night. Also on Sunday there will be 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…


Happy Christmas

December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas (or whatever you celebrate). I hope you have a wonderful time, and that you can be with whoever you want tobe with. My son made this Christmas version of the Dragon Tree Publishing logo. (The original version is by Helen Bennett of Eco-Geek.)


Ridiculously pleased

July 2, 2014

This is from the local pizzeria. (A very good pizzeria, I might add, Il Tonello.) The sign says: The Lemon GamePut a coin on top of the lemon without touching it. If it stays on top for 10 seconds, you take all the coins.As soon as the coin touches the lemon, you have to let it go.Good luck! And I did it, first try! It was only about 4.50€ but…


Not going too well

I got very tired and I had to stop everything non-essential for a while. The English version of my new book is taking longer than usual at the printers, because it landed in the middle of a reorganisation. Meanwhile, I’m still working on the translation. And I’ve just found out that I’ve been doing it wrong. In Spanish, you punctuate the dialogue in a completely different way. So I’m going…

February 8, 2014

Merry Christmas

December 24, 2013

A very Merry Christmas to both my readers A very Merry Christmas to you all. (The William Herschel Telescope has a laser to measure atmospheric turbulence, in order to correct for it. But really, it’s very low powered and no danger to flying reindeer. Santa is quite safe.)


Early morning photography.

November 23, 2013

The Big Dipper over Santa Cruz de La Palma I got up early to try to see comet ISON (which is low in the east just before dawn). There was only one cloud in the starry sky. Yup. Right in front of the comet. Since I was up anyway, I decided that I may as well practise a bit of astro-photography. I need the practice after all. So here is…