Photos of the week: La Verdad

The press conference at the exhibition for La Verdad
April 15, 2018

Santa Cruz de La Palma used to have a shipyard. One of the largest ships they built was La Verdad, 485 tons displacement, which was wrecked on a reef south of Bermuda shortly after a hurricane in 1899. Luckily the water was shallow and the crew, cargo and bell were saved, although the first mate apparently had a terrible job to persuade the captain to leave. Thomas Cox, a retired…

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Photo of the week: Jade vine flower

Yesterday I saw a jade vine in flower for the first time in my life. As you can see, it’s not really jade coloured, much less emerald (the other name for the plant) but it is very pretty. After a bit of googling I discovered that it’s in the pea family, and the Latin name is Strongylodon macrobotrys and it comes from the Phillipines.

April 8, 2018
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Swaledale.

Richmond,North Yorkshire, seen from the castle walk
April 4, 2018

I spent the week before Easter visiting family in Swaledale. I’d forgotten how beautiful it is. The town itself is really nice, full of old buildings and charm. It also has a castle, and I ate some memorable fish and chips under the castle wall with a view of the river. Like most castles, it’s built on higher ground, so you get a great view from the Castle Walk –…

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Off to England

Tomorrow morning I’m going to England for a week, to see family. The outward journey is going to be a pain: La Palma to Gran Canaria to Tenerife South to Manchester, followed by a couple of hours in a car. On Wednesday I’m going to spend most of the day driving from one set of relatives to another. On Friday afternoon I’ll drive to Gatwick and spend the night in…

March 24, 2018
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Squee Sunday: ferns

Lately I’ve been fascinated by uncurling ferns here. The new shoots take all sorts of forms. I’ve seen hearts caterpillars, clenched fists, antlers and catapults. All the photos are mine.

March 18, 2018
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