Dácil and Yone having fun in the car

27 04 2016

Dácil absolutely adores her big brother. She enjoys his company thoroughly and they have a few special games together which Dácil doesn’t play with anyone else.

Here’s a rare fun bro/sis pic

dácil y yone en berling



Yone at his first concert

27 04 2016

Yone has been asking to come to a classical concert with a ‘big orchestra’ for some time now. Not that there is a lack of classical music in our family: he plays the saxophone in the local brass band, performing many times, even in the big concert hall in Santa Cruz. He sometimes comes to my concerts, we play a lot of music at home… But a concert at the Festival de Música de Canarias is special.

The yearly festival was celebrating its 32nd edition. We went to hear the Budapest Festival Orchestra, playing Brahms’ 1st piano concerto and Prokofiev’s 5th symphony. They treated us with a very special encore: all the members of the orchestra put down their instruments, took out a score and started singing a 4 voice Russian litany. Amazing.

For the occasion, Yone decided to wear a white shirt, a white waistcoat from his tails, with a silver pocket watch, apo’s favourite tie and a bowler hat.

concierto auditorio festival musica



Dácil’s most precious gift

27 04 2016

We had a great family reunion to celebrate Dácil’s birthday. Great weather, lunch in the garden… at some point we switched on the turntables, Jorge started spinning Santana, Yayo took out the drum, other family members found various percussion instruments and we gave Dácil a blast for a full hour. The sun set, it turned dark, and we didn’t even notice… I can’t think of a single thing that would make her happier.



23 01 2016

This is what happens when your brother is a graphic designer:


dacil 8

Dácil is 8!!

22 01 2016

Eight years of continuous achievements, goals, medals, big steps and small steps. Always forward, never back. As they say here in Spain: never back, not even as a run-up.

Here’s a small video of Dácil signing ‘Dácil’, ‘Bea’ (her interpreter), ‘Yone’ and a mix between ‘mama’ and ‘papa’.

Happy birthday precious Dácil!


Dácil climbs the stairs

21 01 2016

Dácil gets home from school at a quarter past 2 in the afternoon. She is picked up and brought home by a schoolbus which transports the special needs children.

When she gets home she has to climb some pretty steeps stairs up, past Ama’s house. This climbing exercise is not always fun. Sometimes she can race up like a space rocket and sometimes she’s just not in the mood and will take forever, letting herself hang, drag, kneel… whatever it takes to be picked up and carried…


Yone’s best friend

20 01 2016

Padre Tirso is the family’s ‘spiritual guide’ (as Jorge likes to put it). We’ve known him for many years, since he first landed in the parish of Puerto de la Cruz. He and my father hit it off inmediately. He speaks many languages, fluent English among them, and so communication with my father was easy; this because of his many travels around the world as an Augustinian missionary. He was stationed in China, the Philippines, Africa… And he likes his whisky on the rocks. Just like my father.

Padre Tirso married us and baptized both Yone and Dácil.

And he comes to dinner every now and then.

It has always been Yone’s dream to be an altar boy. It’s like going on stage. A very solemn stage, but a stage nevertheless. And it keeps him occupied during mass, which we attend every Sunday with Ama. Up until recently there were no altar boys in the Puerto de la Cruz parish. But since the passing of the last parish priest (the boss, so to speak), things have changed, and altar boys were ’employed’. Yone was first on the list. After some rehearsals he was ready to perform. He is currently Padre Tirso’s private altar boy. There are several masses on Sunday with more than one altar boy present. But Yone is by himself. He helps Padre Tirso with his 10 o’clock mass, which is the one English spoken mass during the week. Two buddies together.

p.tirso y yone