Yone celebrates teenagement

22 10 2017

Yone usually has friends over at home for his birthday. Garden, pool, pancakes… But this year he wanted to go to the Lago Martiánez. These are sea water swimmingpools right on the coast of our town. Weather predictions were good: hot and calima (sahara dust in the air usually combined with high temperatures)… Perfect for a pool day.

I must admit I was dreading the idea of chaperoning 8 teenagers and Dácil all by myself. But the good thing about relatively civilized teenagers is that they are quite capable of looking after themselves without annoying other swimmers (or mum for that matter).

Then there was the food issue: 13 and 14 year olds eat a lot. It is not allowed to take food into the complex, but I completely ignored that rule. I baked brownies the day before, American pancakes in the morning and took sausages, buns, ketchup, mustard etc for hot dogs. All of this and some juice and soda into a shopping trolley, past the guy with the tickets with a big smile and no questions asked.

Everybody had a great time! Mum had a mojito and even read a few chapters. Dácil swam which is the equivalent of total bliss, and the boys enjoyed their day.

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Yone 13!

9 10 2017

Conversation yesterday: I love you mum. I love you too Yone. Even though at times you’d wish you could stick me behind the wallpaper? Yes. Of course. In spite of that. Good thing we don’t have wallpaper… He’s officially a teenager now. Happy 13th! I always love you one more than you love me!





Traditional Family Anniversary San Marcos Ocean Dive And Italian Food

12 09 2017

15 years since we celebrated our rainy subtropical wedding with friends and family.





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…