Tuesday, 18 November 2008

La Gomera 2

One day we took a boat trip to watch whales and dolphins, and were surrounded by both most of the time we were out there. After a while the captain turned the boat back towards shore and we made our way to a bay with an abandoned tuna factory. Here we could swim while the crew barbequed fresh tuna steaks for our lunch.

La Gomera

I've been away for a week. I went to La Gomera in the Canary Islands. To reach La Gomera you need to fly to Tenerife, and take a ferry to San Sebastian. From there I went by coach to Playa Santiago, a journey that takes about 45 minutes through some spectacular scenery.

There is a small airport on La Gomera, with a short runway that appears to be balanced on the edge of a cliff. A nearly completed path runs between Playa Santiago and the airport, and I spotted this very delicate looking plant that had been planted in beds alongside the path.

Thursday, 6 November 2008

November musings

The days are decidedly shorter and the nights much much longer. Halloween's been and gone, Guy Fawkes night went up in a sparkle of fireworks last night, and Christmas seems to be just around the corner.

November is the month that I think I should start and finish writing my Christmas cards, although inevitably it comes and goes and the Christmas cards barely get done in time, if at all. I've been known to send them out as New Years' greetings.

We've had some frost, we've had one snowfall, and everywhere is damp and chilly. Some leaves are still clinging to the branches of trees, but they're displaying colours from gold to brown with every shade of red between.

To me, November feels like a lull, before the busy December festivities get going. A time to prepare and gather up energy. A time to take a deep breath and relax a little.

Monday, 3 November 2008

Computer Crash

A friend sent me the following in an e-mail yesterday

I can't respond to any emails today,
something has crashed
on my computer.....

... and the mouse is missing!
Just had to share...

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Hooli the Draught Excluder

My daughter's been visiting this weekend, and Hooli came along too. Last night I found Hooli fast asleep across the front door. How thoughtful of him to act as a draught excluder on such a chilly night.