Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Pottery museum now open again

The interpretative centre and museum showcasing the traditional pottery in the mountain village of El Cercado, one of the very last places where pottery is still made in the traditional way as it was done by the original settlers more than 1500 years ago is now open again. It was sadly closed for quite some time but now you can enjoy the nicely laid-out exhibits once again. It is called 'Las Loceras' and located in the village square of El Cercado where there are also toilet facilities. The opening hours are daily from 11 am to 3 pm, except Mondays, and the entry is free of charge.
There are still three of the traditional potteries in the village where you can watch the potters at work in the traditional way without a potter's wheel, and all three include a craft shop selling the earthenware and other local products.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Hare Krishnas taking a dip in La Gomera

A busload of members of the Hare Krishna cult, apparently Spanish-speaking and from mainland Spain, arrived in Valle Gran Rey in La Gomera's southwest last Saturday and caused quite a stir. Many visitors and locals were attracted to the scene of chanting Hare Krishnas taking to the sea in the rock pool of Charco del Conde, commonly and aptly known as 'baby beach', where they formed a circle standing in the water. I didn't even know that Hare Krishnas still existed in such numbers...
Many thanks to J. and E. for the images. Music by 'Gong'

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Festival postponed

The festival 'Festina Lente' planned for the coming weekend has been postponed and will now take place one week later. More about this 'wandering arts festival' soon...

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Job offer for the permanently female

Hermaphrodites need not apply !
I spotted the above job offer in La Playa, Valle Gran Rey, today (with many thanks for the tip-off to the man from Scotland). So, if you're of the fairer sex, have definitely made up your mind about staying female for good, and bring the necessary gender-confirming documentation you may apply to the shop named Calima (see shop sign below). And mind you, it is  called after LA Calima, the female dry, hot, dusty, blasting easterly wind.

Monday, January 02, 2017

One man drowns, another rescued

Playa de La Calera on a calm day
A swimmer has drowned in the sea at Playa de La Calera, better known as Playa Maria, in Valle Gran Rey on New Year's Eve in the afternoon. The victim was 64 years old and of German nationality. He had been spotted by other swimmers in the sea and been brought ashore where attempts were made to resuscitate the man and an ambulance with a doctor arrived on the scene, but the victim was pronounced dead a short time later.
While this beach is generally considered to be a safe one, the sea conditions were rough at the time with very choppy waters and a strong south-easterly wind with gale gusts.
In a separate incident some time later another swimmer got into difficulties at the same beach. He too was spotted by other people on the beach who called the emergency services on 112 and brought the drowning man ashore while the ambulance with a doctor was on its way. The 49 years old man had a lucky escape as this time resuscitation was successful and he was said to be recovering well in the local health centre.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

The best New Year's Eve parties to end 2016

Vueltas harbour village in Valle Gran Rey is the place to be for this New Year's Eve. The main fiesta will be held in the harbour where a huge marquee has been put up and salsa and merengue bands will play for the dancers from 11pm until 6am. There will be lots of alternatives in the village with different live music followed by a disco later in the legendary Cacatua bar and beer garden, and just across the lane a vacant shop premises will once again house a sound system with DJ's playing electronic dance music all night and this event is also open to the partying public. Just a bit up the same lane the bar La Tasca will host another party and is renowned for their excellent cocktails. Just take a stroll around Vueltas village tonight and you might discover more...
Elsewhere in La Gomera the largest fiesta with salsa bands is in San Sebastian de La Gomera's main square from where this year the midnight bells for the countdown to 2017 will be transmitted live on RTVC  to the rest of the Canary Islands, but some of the other towns on the island will have fiestas, too.
Let's just hope the wind will die down as predicted.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Very breezy

Winds will be strong to gale force today, Friday Dec.30th, in La Gomera and a warning has been issued by the meteorological service for gusts of 75 km/h or more. The weather station in the Agulo area which is located at the visitor's centre in Juego de Bolas has already recorded a gust of 94 km/h at 8:20 this morning and winds are strong and very gusty in Valle Gran Rey as I write. The winds will be mainly from a south-easterly direction and the warning is valid until tomorrow lunchtime. Winds should then begin to ease gradually over the rest of the weekend.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Recording folk for TV

The popular Canarian TV programme 'Noche de Taifas' is going to be recorded in La Gomera tonight Thursday Dec.29th from 7:30 pm. The show is open to the public and this time it is Valle Gran Rey's turn to be the host. The location is Plaza San Pedro at the beach in La Playa and all are welcome to attend what essentially is a night of Canarian folk music, dance, and more.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Take a seat at the back of the town hall

Sit down and relax for a while when climbing the steps behind the town hall of Valle Gran Rey which lead into the centre of La Calera, with its many small lanes and hidden corners just waiting to be discovered...

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Hurry to get poisoned

The comedy show on the pier was postponed, but there's a good and entertaining act on in La Puntilla where 'Poisoned Folk' will take on any folk from 9pm - get there soon !