Lanzarote

Cesar Manrique's last house at Haria, Lanzarote
August 30, 2017

I’m on holiday in Orzola, in the north of Lanzarote. I spent the first day and a half just chilling, writing and critiquing for friends, but this morning I got up early to explore. I drove up to Mirador del Rio in time for the sunrise, but the viewpoint itself was closed due to a strike. At the time I didn’t realise what I was missing. I did get a…

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Some things mended

Three weeks ago I posted that I’d had a spate of things breaking.Here’s an update. The dentist sorted out my crown loose crown and it’s been so comfortable that I’d forgotten all about it until I re-read the post from July. My new glasses are fine. I finally got my smartphone back yesterday morning. I was delighted, of course. I had trouble reconnecting it to the wi-fi, and I still…

August 18, 2017
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Broken things

Last week I wrote that my smart phone was in for repairs. I can manage with my not-very-smarty phone, but I miss the other one and I still have about 3 weeks to go. Meanwhile my glasses are almost broken. I ordered new ones on Friday and I hope they arrive before the current ones finally die. I’m very short sighted and practically blind without them, although luckily I do…

July 25, 2017
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Busy again

Dog under the table, surrounded by feet
July 19, 2017

nbsp; July and August means lots of people are visiting the observatory, which means lots of guiding work for me. Great! I accept as much as I can, because I know work will be scarce in the autumn. I’m also making a real effort to exercise for my health. It’s working – I have more energy and the weight’s slowly coming off, but it does take up time. So does…

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Visitors

10 cm telescope on a tripod with two people
June 10, 2017

I haven’t posted for a while. I didn’t feel like posting a Squee Sunday right after the Manchester attack, although there are good arguments for carrying on as normal. I’m impressed by the way most of Manchester is refusing to blame innocent people, which probably annoys ISIS no end. They’ve said repeatedly that they want to make life impossible for any Muslim who doesn’t join them, and the alt right seem…

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The TV program with me at the observatory

June 3, 2017

I can’t believe I never posted this. Back in April I was surprised to find a TV crew joining one of my groups at the observatory. This is the program – only n Spanish, but there’s some good footage of the big telescope and of the observatory. I’m not so sure about the redhead with the terrible accent, though. The gastronomy at the end is from Hacienda de Abajo. If…

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