What the Kings brought me

January 9, 2017

On Jan 6th the kings ride in on their camels and bring presents to baby Jesus and good Spanish children. Bad children get coal. I must have been very good; look at the boat they brought me! (Actually it’s the cruise ship, Ventura. I was the guide for an excursion). I tweeted about it, and my favourite comment came from my friend Nikki, “Those poor camels carrying that!” I also…


My Busy Week

Ravens on the roof of my car outside Gran Telescopio Canarias, -Roque de Los Muchacos, Garafia
January 5, 2017

I’m not sure what I was thinking of when I agreed to work from Monday to Friday this week. I let myself slip way behind with paperwork and now I have to catch up. Besides, I’m self employed and the new year means setting up new spreadsheets. It’s not as if any of these jobs are particularly long or difficult, just that there’s a lot of them. Also my cleaner…


An unusual Nativity

The nativity scene in Las Nieves church on Christmas Eve with a kitten in place of baby Jesus
December 27, 2016

Most churches on La Palma have nativity scenes. The custom here is to put baby Jesus in at midnight on Christmas Eve, during midnight mass. (I think this is a general Catholic custom). On Christmas Eve I was guiding an excursion from a cruise ship which included the lovely church at Las Nieves. And there was a kitten keeping the spot warm for Jesus. If I remember rightly, nativity scenes…


German oral exam

My exam was this afternoon, and on the way into town I saw thislovely rainbow. I think I passed the exam. The others are in January

December 20, 2016

Selfie time!

Me having a hard time in Tazacorte, La Palma
December 1, 2016

I have a new smartphone. This one really is smart, where the previous one was pretty dumb. For one thing it has a much, much better camera. For another, it also has a front camera, so I can take selfies. Note to self, don’t frown with concentration when taking a selfie. It’s not a good look. Also, try to avoid taking it from below. I think a selfie stick would…