Yone in San Francisco

29 07 2017

After a 24 hour trip: 3 planes of which the middle one took us in a 12 hour flight over the Atlantic and most of the USA, we finally arrived in San Francisco. Talia greeted us with gin on the rocks and drove us to Fairfax, basecamp. Yone gets along with Felix and Gideon, his hosts, as if they had known each other their whole lives. So far we’ve been hiking at Lagunitas, investigating the San Anselmo creek, eating porkbuns at the San Francisco embarcadero, Chinese in Chinatown, spent a morning at the Exploratorium and been to a Giants baseball game… And that’s only the first 5 days…





Yone’s second hike

19 05 2017

One of the disadvantages of Dácil’s poor mobility is the fact that we can’t do any family hikes. And we sure love to hike, especially living on an island where paths are plenty and beautiful and the weather is inviting all year round. But alas… You just can’t have it all… So we have to plan short hikes, in the vecinity of our home. Start early, right after they pick up Dácil for school, and make sure we’re home by the time she gets back.

We picked the 3rd of May, the day of the cross. A bank holiday in Los Realejos, where Yone goes to school, so he had his day off, but not in La Orotava, where Dácil goes to school, so she was picked up by her bus as usual, at half past 8. 

We walked to the bus stop, not a cloud in the sky, took the 101 to Santa Úrsula, where we got off and walked past the house where “Project Lazarus” (or Realive as they later called it) was partly shot – the movie Yone had a small part in. From this house, there is a steep coastal path that descends to sea level and follows the coast towards the outskirts of Puerto de la Cruz leading to the Botanical Garden. A beautiful day, stunning views, delicious smoothy at the end and a refreshing dive in the pool back home. (We had taken towels and bathing suits but we didn’t go down to the beach for fear of not getting back home in time for Dácil).

All in all a great way to spend the morning!






Dear Yone

16 04 2017

I wish for you to find joy in music. May it lift you up when you’re down. May it soothe your soul and your mind when you feel stressed or hurried.

And most of all I wish for you to find friends with whom to share music. Either playing together and being part of the magic that occurs when others join in, or listening together. I hope you will find and embrace a group that will be like family at some point in your life. 

I wish this for you as I have found it and it makes me extremely happy.





Yone’s with the Band

13 04 2017

He’s been fighting it for a long time. He didn’t want to enter the “big” band for fear of having to study difficult scores and having to practise the saxophone at home (God forbid)…

But this Easter we mamaged to convince him. And he’s been loving it! At last some good quality music, longer songs and more elaborate scores. 

His debut was a concert in the church: the presentation of the music which would be played during the processions of the Holy Week. Jorge and I sat in the audience, the whole band in their places, when suddenly Yone stands up from his place, walks forward, climbs onto de conductor’s platform and introduces the band asking for a big applause for the conductor, who then makes his appearance. 

And from then on it’s processions in the evenings. Just this week. Then they’ll be back to their usual non-sacred repertoire…





Yone plays with Dácil

3 04 2017

I’d like it to happen more often… However, some things can’t be forced and when they happen they are magical…





Yone watched Land and Freedom

28 02 2017

And was impressed. Learned the words to the Internationale and found things around the house to dress up… Warning: this is NOT a carnival costume…





A Valentine family afternoon…

14 02 2017

Love, love and love to all!