Sunday photos: Burracas and scones

Mature dragon trees at Burracas, Las Tricias, Garafia, La Palma island
Mature dragon trees at Burracas

On Tuesday I hiked from the gofio museum at Las Trcias down to Burracas cave. I’ve done the start of the walk before, but this is the first time I’ve actually got down to the cave at the bottom, because it’s not far, but it is very steep. I think I’m getting a little fitter at last. I’m glad I did get down there: I knew about the cave (which used to be inhabited) but not that there’s a spring and some ancient rock carvings.

Pre-Hispanic rock carving at Burracas caves, Las Tricias, Garafía, La Palma island
Pre-Hispanic rock carving at Burracas caves, Las Tricias.

After 30 years on La Palma I’ve decided to apply for Spanish citizenship and started on the paperwork. Inevitably, there’s quite a bit of it and inevitably that will distract me from writing, but I managed quite a bit of planning for “Pinch Me.” I finally know how to end the novel with a bang rather than a whimper.

And Easter seemed like a good enough excuse to try making clotted cream for the first time. It’s really simple, but time consuming. You pour the cream into a shallow dish and put it in a warm over (about 75 ºC) for about 12 hours. So once I had some clotted cream I had to bake some scones to go with them, obviously.

I’m sure I should have been writing, or studying Spanish geography really.

Home made scone with homemade clotted cream and shop bought jam
Home made scone with homemade clotted cream and shop bought jam

Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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