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.

Monday, June 26, 2023

Navaselva, The Call of the Wild Valley: Episode 7

Navaselva, The Call of the Wild Valley: Episode 7:   -10- Comadrito and Milvana   The Great Raptor Rock of Monfrague   In the early morning Comadrito climbed onto Milvana and she ...

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Another Year

Another Year - or 59 weeks!
Prompted by a spam comment notice.  Perhaps I'll have a spring clean when the occasion arises.
Went to a talk with photos last night about Doñana - we were there a month ago and must visit again soon.
Back soon?

Labels: ,

Monday, February 12, 2018

Sin Calle

So long (5 years and 6 weeks!) since I visited here and then only to observe how blogger has changed (trying to catch up with Wordpress?). So this is only a test to see how the new editor works. Seems I won't be able to create pages unless I ditch my 'classic theme' and start all over again!

What an appalling mess! The edit icon almost overlaps with 'Email a friend' - were they watching whatever that programme was called that allowed 'calling a friend'?

The Preview doesn't work in any meaningful sense.

Carry On Wordpress!!

Still, it's amazing to think it's 11 and a half years since I started this. I suppose I've done half a dozen Wordpress blogs since then and although Wordpress is still flaky at times, it seems to give so much more power and flexibility. But the simplicity of the 'old blogger' is still cute.

Perhaps I'll update from time to time - not another 5 years? - but meanwhile I've more urgent things to see to like the woodburner. Meanwhile too (two) have a look at my wife's brilliant Wordpress blog:

(My also long out of date offering is at:

Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's Eve 2012

Well, it's new year's eve and spam deletion brings me to this much neglected corner of my web presence!

For other news, find me or my web 'contributions' at:  (Even more neglected at present!!) (same as one above but with better bookmarking)

And it's so loing since I've used blogger that I barely recognise the interface!
Happy New Year to y'all for tomorrow

Labels: , , ,

Thursday, November 01, 2012

I suppose a further post after 20 months more or less repeating the essence of the previous post is better than nothing?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Almost a year since last posting to this blog!! Yes, I'm still here - now a 'pensioner'!
Still maintaining the Humber Yawl Club website/blog at (the domain at is down at present). the Navasola blog on wordpress is as out of date as this one. My newish Quaker blog/website continues at

I do find Wordpress more useful but ought to dip into the 'easier' blogger from time to time.
Catch up later!

Labels: , ,

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

As I've just had an email from Kevin about him and Bing in the Philippines on Blogger, I thought I might as well record that here. Have also just updated the pictures of HYC Winteringham weekend (July 2009!) in the HYC website - delay partly caused by FTP client playing up - and now dumping pictures in Picasa Web.

Labels: , , , ,

Friday, February 19, 2010

So, for the first time since I first mentioned it, Blogger now seems to recognise that I'm logged in.
Now in Barton since Tuesday after a brief visit to Manchester, Skelmersdale and Martin Mere. Expect to return to London tomorrow and depending on the weather, might call on Shaun on the way.

Labels: , , ,

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Well, maybe 'spasmodic' means every six months? Happy New Year, Feliz Ano Novo, Feliz Año Nuevo.
In 2009 the above mentioned Pedro Coelho passed away about 6 months or so ago, being found stiff as a board unexpectedly in his kitchen dwelling house one morning - now interred in the garden.
Max soldiers on as he has been for almost 4 years since his unfortunate health decline then. Tigger is still active if somewhat overweight from constant eating. Today is Theo's birthday.

I am acting as 'Cover Supervisor' (supervising classes for sick or otherwise absent teachers) at Guru Nanak VA Sikh Secondary School where Georgina continues as Head of English.

Labels: , , , ,

Monday, July 13, 2009

Still looking as if Blogger doesn't think I'm logged in on this blog when I am and doesn't register Quick Edit setting. I wonder why?

Filling a form at the bank today, it occurred to me that today was my father's birthday. He would have been 93 today but died in 2001 aged 84. For Dad, '13' was his lucky number. Mum survived him by a year and died in 2002 a little short of her 87th birthday (in August). Mum's twin sister, Sheila, who was very close, had died in November 2000 aged 85. That year (2001-2) I think we had a dozen funerals in as many months.

At 63, I wonder if I have another 20 years or so left? I notice that Blogger seems at least in part to think I might still be editing in Hindi.

Labels: , ,

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Just checking that I'm still here!
Strange, but the little 'edit' pencil has disappeared and Blogger doesn't seem to recognise on the page that I'm logged in when I am!


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Strange, but there doesn't seem to be a post title box for this post - what happened?
Oh well, not using this for a while I'm getting mixed up between blogger and wordpress!

Friday, September 12, 2008

I'm just adding this Picasa (Google) slideshow of earlier photos as an experiment/test for future use.
Ooops! I forgot to add the code: here 'tis:

Labels: , , , , ,

Thursday, July 24, 2008


 More interested?

Labels: , ,

Out of order? - but a few shots from our field trip Sierra de Aracena 14-21 April 2008

Puente del Sillo, 16 April 2008 - the Roman? bridge.

Labels: , , ,

The passage of time.

The profile picture of me was taken about 10 years ago or more. This one taken on the Suffolk coast near Aldeburgh about 2 years ago.


Friday, July 18, 2008

Oh well, that's pretty extraordinary - after almost 3 months it seems I can still remember my password! The site hasn't been updated in a long time either but I have kept up with the HYC site at (Wordpress via)

Will upload some pictures from Spain (and Portugal) if I recover from this weekend's sailing trip/BBQ.

But also to experiment, here's a link to the Tao of Mac as I found that fascinating today and have a longing for Lisbon.
(Tenho saudade por Lisboa?)

Labels: , , ,

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Now I'm torn between re-visiting this blog and updating it or revising and updating its sister at
Our second 'experimental' week at Navasola from 14-21 april went very well with three clients despite the abominable weather in the region of Western Andalucia. We were in fact very lucky with enjoying some fine days and managing to avoid the rain most of the time for fieldwork and picnics.
One client's feedback to date:
It still seems bizarre that we should have been so unlucky with the weather -- It would be dishonest not to admit that it rather spoilt the week though fortunately it didn't ruin it -- we fulfilled objectives reasonably well.
What we did and saw was interesting (to us) and in line with what we had expected. In retrospect, if cars can now be rented in Aracena, you could put a day in Merida as the day off option -- it seems silly to be so close and not visit and the drive there is not arduous and is through great scenery. Otherwise, I hope that you feel you got some benefit from running an economically non viable week for us, that will help in the future. Brian was excellent in the Donana but the weather certainly deprived us of seeing certain species -- indeed I suppose we'd have seen more raptors overall.

Labels: , ,

Monday, March 24, 2008

Stuff White People Like
Oh, I had some indirect links to this below but it continues to be hilariously funny and sort of deep and meaningful at the same time so here's the direct link.

NO2ID:why not?
A succint summary of why everyone should refuse to participate in the ID scheme - not a lot to choose between this and the Gestapo's/SS yellow stars for Jews. (Think about it! "Who are you?" "I'm ME!" "No, you're who we say you are on this piece of paper and in the records of the state police!")

NO2ID:stop ID cards and the database state
See the 'all recommendations' BROKEN on this home page.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Preemptive Karma: Stuff White People Like - the blog

Planet Grenada: stuff white people like

Planet Grenada

third resurrection

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Not much visited just now as most effort has been put into the Humber Yawl Club website and blog and an experimental Navasola blog at, with some editing of the HYC official site.

Interesting to see that Blogger now offers Arabic, Persian and Hebrew - when I've not long finished reading Salam Pax - the Baghdad blog - the book (about 5 years too late!). An interesting experience when combined with reading Brian Keenan's 'An Evil Cradling' just afterwards. (Recent illness with a nasty and lingering cough has led to rather more reading than usual so I've also read Paulo Coelho's 'Veronica Decides to Die' and Matt Lowe's 'The Family Friend' and dipped into Horace Dobbs' (North Ferriby at International Dolphin Watch) 'Journey into Dolphin Dreamtime'.)

Curiously, all five books deal with sex or masturbation at some point (at least, I think that's what Brian Keenan is obliquely referring to in contrast with Paulo Coelho's celebration). And what a contrast between Coelho's open spirituality (and sexuality?) and 'Islamic Jihad' or the Taliban. (Hear Coelho speaking at the Dubai International Film festival 2008 on his blog yesterday). (Now, where would that put me in the search results? Yesterday, two clicks took me from feminine lubrication to The Living Rainforest in Berkshire!).

I'll maybe pass by later and add some Amazon or better links to the books above.
Meanwhile, visit the Navasola website for updates there.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

São Paulo, Brazil

Monday, December 10, 2007

A flying visit to sister Josie's gym club:

Surrey Borders Gym Club home page

Thursday, December 06, 2007

A quick test visit! The weather for Seville:

Click for Sevilla, Spain Forecast

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Navasola Nature’s Weblog

Navasola Nature’s Weblog