The underwater memorial to the Tazacorte martyrs off the coast of Tazacorte, La Palma. Photo: Christian Carlos Tdo. Rguez

A Memorial to the Tazacorte Martyrs

  The Tazacote martytrs have an unusual memorial – 18m underwater at Malpique, the site where they drowned. There are 40 crosses, one for each of the victims. The memorial was created in 2000, and I’m told that it’s easy to visit even for novice divers. The photo was taken by Christian Carlos Tdo. Rguez who is a local diving instructor and ecologist. He has a blog in Spanish (with excellent…

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Sahara dust blowing over the Canaries, seen from Space

Sahara Dust

  After an colder-than-average winter, the temperatures here have shot up. This happens whenever the trade winds give way to calima – a hot, dry wind and dust blowing from the Sahara. We used to get it only in summer, but for the last few years it’s been happening earlier in the year. Actually, it’s really nice at this time of year. Suddenly it’s warm enough to sit on the…

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Tazacorte martyrs: The martyrs go to heaven

Local history: The Tazacorte Martyrs

  In 1570, a party of Jesuit missionaries were on their way from Portugal to Brazil. They broke their journey in Puerto de Tazacorte. It was an unplanned stop: they’d been heading for Santa Cruz de la Palma, but the winds were against them. On arrival in Tazacorte, Fr. Acevedo was amazed to find that the owner of the estate was an old friend from Oporto, don Melchor de Monteverde…

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Chatting to Carmelo the raven

              This morning when I finished work I went up to the Roque itself to relax and admire the view. Helen Loth kindly agreed to take a photo of me with my book and the telescopes.                     While we were doing that, Carmelo the raven came to say “Hello”. Well no, her really cae to…

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The Sardine’s funeral in Los Sauces, 2015

Last night was the famous sardine’s funeral in Los Sauces. As usual, there were lots of amazing costumes: some ingenious, some cheap and cheerful, some extravagant, many humourous.   It’s traditional to serve fried sardines, and very tasty they are too.               One group brought along this amazing fairy tale coach. They were inviting children to have their photo taken in it. Being a…

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