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

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…



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…


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…


Radio Silence

Sorry I’ve been so quiet I’ve been: revising for German exams Sitting German exams translating at Transvulcania . fighting off a lurgy. Yesterday was the oral exam, and it went much better than I feared, so I’m pretty confident that I’ve passed the course exams and I can move on to Intermediate German next year. I thought “certificacion” on June 5th meant that they’d hand me a certificate for this….

May 17, 2017

Off on holiday

This afternoon I’m flying off to Berlin with fellow students from my German class. I’ve scheduled a Squee Sunday for while I’m away, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to create new posts post with my phone. Surprisingly (to me, anyway) I’ve found that I can write fiction on my smartphone. I use the Evernote App which means that I can access the files from a computer afterwards….

March 18, 2017