Rough week

November 15, 2018

On Tuesday last week Chai Latte discovered loo roll. We had to clean up the confetti in the living room. On Wednesday morning I slipped in the shower and fell right out of the tub, grabbing at the shower head as I went down. For a second I thought I was going to break my neck on the washbasin, but I landed on the bathmat instead and just bruised my hip. I…

Read More >>

Photos of the week: Chai

October 21, 2018

We have a new member of the family. Chai arrived on Tuesday evening. We don’t know her parentage or exact age because she’s a found cat. To be precise, she was found by the neighbours of a friend of a friend. Luckily for her and luckily for us, I’d been asking around for kittens in need of a home. Everyone’s happy. It’s been a busy week, but this morning we…

Read More >>

Photo of the week: the zodiacal light

October 16, 2018

It’s a funny thing, but the photos look very different on the desktop computer to the laptop – I hope this looks reasonable on your computer or phone.. You can only ever see the zodiacal light in really dark places, in the east about an hour before dawn, or in the west an hour after sunset. I took this photo from my balcony. It’s caused by dust in the plane…

Read More >>

Photos of the Week: Fuencaliente Salt Works

Fuencaliente Salt works, La Palma Island
October 7, 2018

I spent much of the week helping out with a peer review of La Palma’s dark skies and astrotourism, run by Interreg Europe. A group of two people from each place visits each place in turn to look at what local people are doing and to suggest improvements. My role was translating and tour guiding. It was fun, but tiring. On Tuesday the group finished up at El jardin de…

Read More >>

Picture of the week: The Large Size Telescope uncovered

The Large Size Telescope with the mirror finally uncovered and the camera finally in place, Roque de Los Muchachos, La Palma
September 30, 2018

I went up to the Roque to do some tour guiding, and found the LST looking very different. The cover’s gone from the spectacular mirror! I used to think that nothing would ever make the MAGIC look small. Less noticable, but just as important, the camera is in place. It’s the white box just above the tower. The inauguration will be October 10th.

Read More >>