Today’s visit to Gran Telescopio Canarias was a bit different. Most of the group were bikers from Gran Canaria. It made for a good photo op as they left.

September 9, 2016


Butterfly on a T shirt
August 13, 2016

Today I was doing my talk on the heliport, and this butterfly landed on a guest’s T shirt. I think it thought it was a flower. You can see the butterfly’s long tongue, looking for nectar.


Time for a rest

I’ve been rather overdoing it, just for a change. On Sunday afternoon I took delivery of a hire car so I could meet an English travel agent at the airport on Sunday evening. She was really nice, and interested in organising a spring nature holiday for UK clients. I had a very long day with her on Monday, from 9 am to 8:20 pm. We went to Astrolapalmna (not planned,…

March 18, 2016

Hamster Wheel

Lately I seem to be busy all the time and achieving not a lot. But when I stop and think about it, I am making progress. The huge backlog of laundry from my bout of flu has finally been conquered. I got my friends’ car through its ITV (the Spanish equivalent of the MOT)  when they couldn’t do it themselves. The house is very slowly getting tidier. Once a week…

March 4, 2016

A Canarian Snowman

A foot-high snowman
February 26, 2016

I slept badly on Wednesday night, so I wasn’t in the mood for a long excursion on Thursday, but I really enjoyed it. As we ate our picnic lunch we could see the snow on the peaks. Sure enough, there was pletny of snow still up there, although it was really warm, about 15 ºC. We stopped first beside the MAGIC telescope for a photo opportunity, and I couldn’t resist…


What a difference!

An international group of teenagers visiting GTC, Roque de Los Muchachos, La Palma
January 7, 2016

Two days ago the top of La Palma was covered in fog and it was cold – just 6 ºC. Today we were back to a cloudless blue sky, brilliant sunshine and about 18 ºC. Much nicer! Today’s visitors were an international bunch: teenagers from Los Sauces on La Palma, The Czech Republic and Greece. I gave the tour in English and made it as simple as possible. But no…