Casa Cornucopia – our house of plenty


They say that pictures paint a thousand words.  Well, let’s see.  We’ve just returned from a lovely 10 day stay in a holiday villa.  I’ve got a lovely new camera so took lots of photos – so instead of lots of words and a few photos, here’s lots of photos and a few words about our stay in Casa Cornucopia. [Read more…]

Los abuelos han salido


We’re all pretty low today. After three lovely, lovely weeks, Granny and Grandad have left us to return to England. It was great having them here. The children love their grandparents dearly, and were very tearful at ‘goodbye’ time this morning.  For me these past weeks have been a reminder of all the great qualities that my parents posses – fast to praise, slow to criticise, with unending patience and boundless humility.

Still, the show must go on. It’s back to school tomorrow (for us all). There are shoes to polish, water bottles to fill and bags to pack. But in the meantime here are my happiest memories from the past three weeks: [Read more…]

A weekend in Samana (Part 3) – Whales, whales, bloody great mammals are whales


Whales, whales, bloody great mammals are whales/They swim in the sea/I eat them for tea/Oh! bloody great mammals are whales.

To the tune of the welsh national anthem, it was a regular university tour-bus song. I never thought I’d get to see a real one splashing about in the sea, but now I have. [Read more…]