Sunday photos: comet Neowise

Comet Neowise and the plough from just below Llano del Jable, El Paso
Comet Neowise from jsut below Llano del Jable, El Paso

I finally got to see the comet! The plan was to go to El Llano del Jable, but I found cars parked solidly along the roadside for a kilometre or more before the viewpoint itself, so I settled for what I could get. Unfotunately I’d had to leave in a hurry and I found that I’d brought the wrong tripod. This one wouldn’t connect with the camera, so I wedged the camera in the car’s window frame. It’s not an ideal way of supporting the camera for a 6 second exposure, but it was the best I could do.

Chai Latte, using me as furniture.

As hoped for, I did hand over the files for the Spanish 3rd edition of the guide book. I was right – it does feel odd to have that finally, FINALLY done. It also feels very relaxing, I start most days with a leisurely coffee in bed. When I’m lucky, Chai Latte comes in to be told how beautiful she is, then goes to sleep using me as a pillow while I sit and read in bed. It’s very hard to feel stressed when somebody’s purring on your leg.

I’m currently reading “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma” by Bessel van der Kolk M.D. and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. I’m loving both.

I’m still hiking a lot. La Palma is an amaazing island, and it’s great to finally have time to see more of it. It’s also great to have more time for photography. I look about much more whan I have a camera with me, and I keep finding nice little details I’d never noticed before.

And perhaps best of all, I’m back to killing people; that is, I’m back to working on the whodunnit, giving it yet another read through after a break. I really hope there are no major issues left and it’s just a question of trimming fat. With luck, I can start my hunt for an agent and/or publisher before the end of summer.

Carbouys on a garden wall, barranco de Amargavinos, Breña Baja.
Carbouys on a garden wall, barranco de Amargavinos.

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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