An Unusual Tree

December 16, 2008

I’m getting a little more organised. Over the weekend I managed to get the last of the Christmas cards in the post and to cook industrial quantities of lentils and chicken stew, so I’ve got ready meals in the freezer. Last night I managed to get to yoga. Only three students turned up, so the teacher asked what we wanted to do. I said, “Relaxation,” since my head was buzzing…


Tuning Cars

Santa Cruz hosts a tuning car show this evening and tomorrow afternoon. Tonight (Friday) starting at 5pm, is kids’ day, with bouncy castles, and a circuit for mini-motors and quads. Later on there will be an open-air dance (verbena) with live music from the group Mayeya. Tomorrow (Saturday), from midday until eleven pm, is the main show for adults. There will be prizes awarded in twenty-four categories (oldest, cleanest, best…

September 19, 2008

Exhibition: The Canary Island’s Mountains

From 20th June to 19th July, 2008Casa Principal de Salazar, O’Daly 22, Santa Cruz de la PalmaOpen Mon-Fri, 10 am to 1 pm and 5 pm to 8 pmSaturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. You know, I think “Mountains” is a mistake in translation, because the exhibition is about forests (and “monte” can mean either forest or mountain side.) I don’t care. It’s a fun exhibition. My son enjoyed…

July 9, 2008

Flags Galore

You see a lot of flags on La Palma. Most English visitors will recognise the flags of Spain and the European Union. But the Canary Islands are an autonomous region within Spain, and they have their own flag too. You see it a lot, especially around May 30th, which is Canary Day. And then each island has its own flag. Here’s the flag of La Palma: And as if that…

June 16, 2008

Music in the Streets

There’s a new musical project in Santa Cruz de la Palma with backing from local government. On Saturdays, Sundays, and Public holidays, there’s often free live music somewhere. So far six groups have joined the scheme, and almost every day, more businesses sign up. This is a Cuban-style group called Chango, playing at the Kiosko de Eliseo halfway up the Avenida del Puente. They played from noon until about half-past…

June 8, 2008

S/C Flea Market

On the first Sunday of every month, the port car park gets taken over by a flea market. It’s only small, but I love it. This morning a couple of hours slipped by very fast. There’s an amazing variety of stuff on sale. For some reason there are lots of flowers, plants and vegetables. This morning I stocked up on herbs. Most of the stuff is cheap, but this stall…

March 2, 2008