Persimmon tree in Las Nieves, Santa Cruz., La Palma

Persimmons

The persimmons are ripe. On La Palma, persimmons are called Kaki or Sharon, and I believe the tree comes from Asia originally. They’re much nicer when really ripe. The catch is that by the time they’re ready for eating, they’ve gone squishy, so they don’t travel well. Personally, I love them with Greek yoghurt.

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eace Day doves at an infant school, Breña Baja

Peace Day

Spain stayed out of both world wars, so they don’t celebrate Remembrance Day in November. They have Peace Day instead, which schools celebrate on January 30th. In Primary school they wear something white, or mostly white (if the children remembered to tell Mummy), and usually they go into the village centre and sing a song. At high school, the teachers try to work a peace theme into the lesson. For…

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About Sheila Crosby

This site is all about the beautiful island of La Palma, in the Canary Islands. I came here with a six-month contract to work at the observatory, fell in love with the place, and stayed. It’s been twenty years so far, and I still feel smug every time I see a plane leaving. Because I get to stay. So when I got made redundant from my job at the observatory,…

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The Seer’s Stone

Twelve adventures for children under La Palma’s amazing starry sky. by Sheila Crosby (Children’s fiction, paperback, 148 pages, A5) Take a journey through La Palma’s turbulent past, into its present and out into the exciting future. Chedey will tell you how his world collapsed when the Spanish conquered the Island in 1493, Althay will explain what happened when the volcano erupted, Daida shares her visit from an extraterrestrial and Leyre…

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