Author: JC

Spain, Oct 2018

One of the delights of owning a modestly sized condominium-like property in Spain, is attending the yearly AGM of the owners organization. The Spanish “horizontal property law” requires that a committee exists for such “shared living” properties and that AGMs

Posted in 2018, Spain, Trip reports

France, June 2018

After a 3-year break, we finally managed to return to France. We had something of an agenda meeting various people so we were partly playing tourist and partly odonata (and orchid) hunters. We knew we would visit our favourite dairy

Posted in 2018, France, Trip reports

Spain, Apr 2018

The crappy cold grey weather that some may think passes for spring in the UK was getting us down so much that we booked a return trip to Spain for 2½ weeks of respite care. This was, of course, a

Posted in 2018, Spain, Trip reports

Spain, Winter 2017-18

This is another post that seems to require a slightly different format. Finally being footloose and fancy-free, we took the opportunity to run away from both the British Xmas and the British winter by trying an extended trip to Spain.

Posted in 2017, 2018, Spain, Trip reports

New Zealand, Nov 2017

And so to the main event of our 2017 extended trip to the Antipodes. Following our 3-week Australian wildlife foray, we made a 4-week campervan trip around New Zealand. This constituted two “lifers” for us being both our first time

Posted in 2017, New Zealand, Trip reports

Australia, Oct 2017

After a 3-day stopover in Hong Kong, we began an extended Antipodean adventure with a 3-week visit to Australia. We’ve visited Australia twice before but the latest was 16 years ago and long before any dragonfly obsession had been formed.

Posted in 2017, Australia, Trip reports

Hong Kong, Oct 2017

In autumn 2017, as part of an extended trip to the Antipodes, we made a 2-night stopover in Hong Kong on our way out. I don’t normally “do” cities and was a little apprehensive but happily I enjoyed it. The

Posted in 2017, Hong Kong, Trip reports

Spain, Sep 2017

For three weeks of September 2017 we were were supposed to be in France. I had planned to visit Provence to search for Banded Darters (Sympetrum pedemontanum). At least, that was our original plan and we had ferry bookings to

Posted in 2017, Spain, Trip reports

Scotland, Jun 2017

In relatively recent history, we haven’t been in the UK during June. However, there was a couple of species that I was missing from my UK catalogue that really needed hunting in June and early July. These were the Northern

Posted in 2017, Scotland, Trip reports

Spain, Spring 2017

Travelling by slow boat (30 hours) between Portsmouth and Bilbao, this was a 6-week visit to our base in Spain at Jalón/Xaló. This being my first early season odonata hunt in Spain, I was looking forward to something fresh. I

Posted in 2017, Spain, Trip reports

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