Francis Drake on La Palma

Francis Drake tried to enter Santa Cruz harbour on November 3rd, 1585. This was after Drake was knighted and before the defeat of the Spanish armada. The Spanish regarded him as a pirate, with some justification. Drake left Plymouth with 23 ships and over 2,000 men, heading for the Caribbean. The prevailing winds meant that the logical route was via the Canary islands, so he headed for the biggest port…

November 29, 2017
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Constitution Day in Spain.

It’s Constitution Day in Spain. (Many shops will be shut) On this day in 1978: The Spanish Nation, wishing to establish justice, liberty and security, and to promote the welfare of all who make part of it, in use of her sovereignty, proclaims its will to: Guarantee democratic life within the Constitution and the laws according to a just economic and social order. Consolidate a State ensuring the rule of…

December 6, 2016
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Happy Birthday, Teneguia!

The eruption of Teneguía, Fuencaliente, 1971
October 8, 2016

  The oldest rocks on La Palma are 3,000,000 years old, which is very young for geology. But the youngest rocks are just 45 years old, and it’s their birthday this month. The Teneguía volcano erupted during October and November of 1971. My husband was a teenager at the time, and he remembers going to see it from the San Antonio volcano, and he remembers hearing the deep rumbles at…

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Moving house

Not the writer, just the blog. This blog has moved to http://lapalma-island.com, and joined with http://lapalma-island.com. The new blog looks much prettier, and I’ve just posted photos of the 60s wedding in Los Sauces. Carlos looked great in his costume! A particularly elegant wedding guest.

February 25, 2015
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“Making Habits, Breaking Habits” Chapter 9: Making Habits.

“Making Habits, Breaking Habits” by Jeremy Dean.  Full disclosure: If you buy the book through the link, it won’t cost you any more, but I’ll get a few pennies. But my main motivation for doing this is to understand the book properly. What follows is my summary of the chapter. ==================================================================== Successful famous people often have a regular routine. Working steadily on your main goal is clearly an important part…

February 21, 2015
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The new website’s up

Well the new website’s up, although I’m sure there are broken links and missing images. I’ll be addingmroe later, but meanwhile, feel free to go have a nosy around http://lapalma-island.com

February 13, 2015
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