What a difference!

An international group of teenagers visiting GTC, Roque de Los Muchachos, La Palma
January 7, 2016

Two days ago the top of La Palma was covered in fog and it was cold – just 6 ºC. Today we were back to a cloudless blue sky, brilliant sunshine and about 18 ºC. Much nicer! Today’s visitors were an international bunch: teenagers from Los Sauces on La Palma, The Czech Republic and Greece. I gave the tour in English and made it as simple as possible. But no…


90,000 reasons to be cheerful

Progress on the first draft of the whodunnit has finally got to 90,000 words. That was a bigger deal than Halloween this year. My son made brownies so I’d have something to put candles in. Not far now, and I’m manageing 200 words per day without much trouble. I really ought to make a final decision on the title soon.

November 2, 2015

Thirsty Ravens

Raven drinking water from a bottle top with the telescopes of the Roque de Los Muchachos behind
September 9, 2015

After tour guiding yesterday I went up to the Roque hoping for a chat with the ravens. They turned up all right, but they didn’t seem as interested as usual in the biscuits on offer. It turned out that they were really thirsty. I was rather surprised, because birds have such good kidneys that they need very little water. In any case, there’s a water tap with a little pool…