Twixt Here'nThere

A spasmodic, serendipitous, journal to show what's happening or not in England, Spain, Portugal and wherever else perchance to roam. Travel, languages, sailing, religion, sex and politics, living abroad, the Pacific Ocean including Easter Island. News from: 'Navasola', in the hills of Aracena at Fuenteheridos; Cabanas de Tavira in Portugal; the cool cool banks of the muddy Humber; and from Pedro (Coelho), Max (Happydays), Tigger, Georgina (my Georgi girl) and Theo and friends in the Great Wen.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Barton on Humber
Having been here for 5 days, just a quick note to record this.
Much of the time spent at Winteringham with Peter working on Uldra and myself on Sara Ann although I did fix a new cap on to Uldra's rudder stock.
Have seen the usual Marsh Harriers and also a Barn Owl quartering the fields on 3 evenings.
A Red Admiral also seen outside house a couple of times. Probably back in London tomorrow.
This the day on which main news has been terrorist alert at airports, especially Heathrow, with 21 arrests.

Friday, August 04, 2006


Let's have another go at posting those images that blogger was too busy to process yesterday.

Cardinal butterfly, Argynnis pandora
on Knapweed - I think, until Teresa corrects me!

Cloud below us at Puerto de San Glorio,
1600 metres, Picos de Europa, Cantabria.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Two blogs from 'Next Blog" and link to Beirut.

Humanity Alive

Seems just as easy to add a new post rather than edit the last - perhaps that's the point?
However, my Safari browser seems unable to complete uploading images so I'll have to switch to Firefox and edit this!

After 4-5 attempts with Firefox too, I'll give up on the images for now.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Back online after an absence of 26 days. Spent a week of this 'auditing' Teresa Farino's "Butterflies and Moths" course in the Picos de Europa in Asturias/Cantabria, northern Spain.
Although only leisurely walking, found this quite tiring with long days on foot and problems with my back. Two couples on the course took it very much in their stride with Melvin and Maris, formerly from Hull, being engrossed in the spotting and photography and the charming American, Preston, also enthusiastic about adding to his photographs, striding along although in his mid-seventies, whilst his equally charming French wife, Mireille, walked their dog and painted in water-colours.
Teresa worked extremely hard with very long days begun with preparing the excellent picnic lunches and 'elevenses' and ending with dinner in the hotel. An eight day marathon for her when including the 3 hour collection and delivery drives to Oviedo airport (which is not in Oviedo).
Will get back and edit with some photos and news of the two subsequent weeks at Navasola shortly.