The locked down dogs at Pooches Hotel.

Adapt to Survive

Majorca has a network of small and medium sized businesses who continue to operate. Not just because they do not want to lose custom, but because they have an obligation in many cases to carry on for their clients who need them.


Lindy and her home-made lemon curd made with lemons from her garden.

At Home Together

Looking at the group’s topics, by far the most popular thing we are doing at the moment is cooking and baking.

Out and About

Second day macaronis.

Waste not, Want not!

In these days when it's not so easy to get out and about, we really need to stretch our ingredients along with our imaginations when we prepare our meals.

Food for thought

The menestra uses seasonal vegetabes from the region.

Get your veggies with a menestra

There is no single recipe for a menestra and the dishes that go under this name are more than simple variations on a theme. All of them make use of vegetables in season and some include other ingredients for which a particular area is famous.

Focus on cars

Majorcan vista at its best, AC adds a splash of contrast.

Out for a spin

As usual, Majorca provided the stunning backgrounds and scenery which I personally never tire of.

Wild Majorca

Glossy Ibis

Glossy’s and Barbary’s

It had been a great build up to seeing the Ibis, as earlier on I had been watching a pair of Stone Curlew moving around in the short grass of a small field adjacent to the platform.

My Column

Madrid City Council thanked the people of Madrid for their "civic-mindedness in this serious health crisis" with two flags displayed on the façade of the Palacio de Cibeles, one with the colours of the Spanish flag and a 'Thank you to all', and the other with the ribbon worn by the mayor, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, on his social networks.

Comrades in arms

I have been impressed by the plucky spirit of the expats on Majorca and the social media community as a whole.

The Doctor is calling

Healthcare personnel wearing protective suits and mask at work in the intensive care unit of the Brescia's Hospital, Italy, 19 March 2020.

Coronavirus – The Next Weeks and Months

We will prevail. Things will get worse for the next while. Even more draconian measures may be necessary. Recurrent measures may be needed over months or even the next couple of years. People will suffer physically, mentally and financially but I am very confident we will win this fight.

Practical Parenting

Educating at home whilst the schools are closed.

Lockdown – a parenting opportunity?

The lockdown is challenging, but with a positive mindset we can celebrate our creativity, encourage our children to take ownership of their boredom and listen carefully to their suggestions.


Gastrobar Hotel Saratoga, Palma.

Words and more…

The gastrobar is a Spanish invention and is a cousin of the English ‘gastropub’. And although they are related, they were created for quite distinct reasons.

Focus on Cars

How about that for streamlining. Tatra’s trademark aerodynamics of the 870.

No Uphill Transport

Tatra is the name of the third oldest vehicle manufacturer in the world, having started producing cars in 1897.

Leeks can sometimes be overlooked.

The humble leek

Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct flavour.


British television Masterchef finalist Claire Hutchings puts her mark on a typical Majorcan dish in this easy to follow recipe which can be enjoyed by all.

Masterchef finalist cooks up a treat

British television Masterchef finalist Claire Hutchings puts her mark on a typical Majorcan dish in this easy to follow recipe which can be enjoyed by all.