Christmas Market in Santa Cruz de la Palma

One of the tall ships in Santa Cruz de La Palma last year For several years now, Santa Cruz de la Palma has hosted a Christmas market and a meeting of tall ships. This year, there are sadly no ships, but there’ll still be a flea market on Christmas morning, from 9 am to 2 pm. And a very Merry Christmas to all my readers. Here on La Palma, it’s…

December 24, 2009

Nativity Scenes

Christmas trees are a newish thing here, although probably most houses have one now. The main traditional decoration is nativity scenes. Some just show the stable, but some public ones are so elaborate that they include the whole village, and it’s always a Canarian village. Obviously that’s historically inaccurate, but no more so than all the English nativity scenes where Mary and Jesus are blond. This one was on display…

December 20, 2009

Winning -ish

I’m winning – sort of. The Christmas cards and UK presents have been posted, and the turkey’s been ordered. The house is a little tidier, and the decorations are up. There’s still plenty to do, but I did get out last night for a little fun. Manifold had a concert, and all three of us went. Our son got sleepy after only three songs, so I had to leave then,…

December 19, 2009

An Art Exhibition in Sant aCruz de la Palma

Garafian peasant, oil on canvas, by Manuel González Méndez Santa Cruz de la Palma isn’t exactly the centre of the art world, but we do pretty well for such a small town. The Island Museum currently holding an exhibition to celebrate the centenary of a local artist. Manuel González Méndez was born in Santa Cruz de la Palma in 1843, in Calle Virgen la Luz. By the time he died…

December 16, 2009


Ugh! I think I might have caught it at the funeral. I still haven’t got the Christmas cards in the post, but I’ve just got to go to bed.

December 11, 2009