Bad Stuff and Good Stuff

August 31, 2013

Stuff keeps happening around here. The second edition has arrived. I’m glad I paid extra for the better paper, as the photos look much better. I just hope I get my money back. We had a call from my son’s old private teacher. Two of his classmates were having trouble with Tech Drawing. Please could my son join the class on Thursday afternoon and help? She’d pay him. So on…



Yams (ñame in Spanish) are a relative of sweet potatoes. They need a lot of water to grow, so they’re only cultivated in Los Sauces and inside the Caldera. You can recognise a yam patch easily, because they have huge leaves shaped like elephants ears. The root has to be boiled for hours, so you usually buy them from the supermarket already cooked.Then, traditionally, you serve them with honey or…

August 29, 2013

Books on sale.

I went to visit my friends in Franceses on Wednesday, and en route I left book on sale or return in Los Sauces (the librería Iriarte) and Barlovento (librería Barlovento.) Then Friday was the open day for Garafía (the observatory is built in land ceded by Garafía Town Hall, so they get their own open day.) I worked as a guide in the morning doing the general explanation and showing…

August 26, 2013

And now the Art Fair

Now that the craft fair has finished, Los Cancajos is getting ready for the art fair. It will feature 29 painters, sculptors and photographers, and run from August 23 – 25, from 11.00 am to 9 pm. There will also be workshops from aged 8 onwards, and musical performances (see below) 29 different artists

August 20, 2013

Mars’s moons

Mars has two moons, Demios is very small – only about 12 km in diameter, and orbits in 30 hours. But since a Martian day is 24 hours, 39 minutes long, Demios isn’t much above synchronous orbit, and it takes 2.7 days to rise in the east and set in the west. From the equator of Mars, it looks about as big as the planet Venus does from Earth. Phobos…

August 16, 2013