Photo of the week: Caldera de Taburiente from Los Andennes

September 16, 2018

Life is busy. I’m getting more tour guidg work than expected, which is great, but it does make it hard to get on with the writing. I’d hoped to send the 3d edition of “A Breathtaking Window” off to the printers by now, and I haven’t even finished writing it, much less got the layout and proof reading done. I still hope to have it on sale by Christmas. And…

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Photos of the week: May 20th

A ledge in the wallof the Caldera deTaburiente, La Palma island
May 21, 2018

It’s been a busy week: constant headaches, my annual mammogramme, two cruise ship excursions, three German exams, a massage from the physioterrorist, a short (3-hour) course on internet marketing and a morning tour guiding at the Roque. Oh, and being taken out for lunch for Mother’s Day. This particular corner of Spain celebrates it on the 3rd Sunday in May, and has done since before the rest of Spain chose…

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Back at Rivendell

Laptop on a table in front of a window, with the Caldera de Taburiente outside
January 28, 2017

Yay! I’m back at Rivendell for the weekend. Only I have to say it’s not as good as last time. It’s better! There are kittens and I’ve got wi-fi, which is why I can upload this post. This time, the place is petty full.We all had a BBQ last night. As so often happens with BBQs, we ate far later than expected, but we had a good time. I love…

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Writing in Rivendell

Amazing view downt he Barranco de angustias, Rivendell, Caldera de Taburiente, La Palma
September 28, 2016

I took a mini-break to stay at my friend Akison’s new B&B in the Caldera. It was marvellous. How could any writer now be inspired by a spot like this? Rivendell is a good name. It’s “a perfect house, whether you like food or sleep or story-telling or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all.” And here’s the view: I arrived later than…

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Tonight’s Lunar Eclipse

The Moon blood red because it's completely inside the Earth's shadow.
September 27, 2015

The Canarian Tourist Board will be live streaming tonight’s lunar eclipse at http://www.thebestclimateintheworld.com/geminidas Just to remind you, the moon is at almost its closest approach to the Earth, so it’s will be a supermoon – noticeably bigger than usual. There are two parts to the Earth’s shadow: the penumbra is the outer part, and the umbra is the much darker inner part. Penumbral Eclipse begins 28 Sep, 00:11:47 The penumbral…

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Life is what happens…

  ..after you made other plans. Here’s what was supposed to happen today: I had a group of students to show around two telescopes. Since they were going up in a bus from Los Cancajos and the weather forecast was poor, I arranged to drive to Los Cancajos, leave my car there, and go up with them in the bus. This would avoid the usual confusion created by bad weather…

March 20, 2015
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