25. June 2019
Our young guests’ hearts are moved above all by the animals who live on the finca. And so it happened that it was mostly the children who pestered us on one point: They found that our goat-shed was too small and that the herd needed a far larger living area to feel comfortable. Our goat-shed is important above all in summer when there is not enough greenery in the dry river-bed for free ranging. We took the request of our guests seriously and decided to enlarge the goat-shed and to install better divisions at the same time. The building works took a month. Now our goats have twice as much room in the generously built shed and our two billy goats have their own quarter each.
Have look yourself: The goats in their new domicile are looking forward to your visit!
Foto: Benoit Tremsal
12. June 2019
First Honey Collection
Black bees and golden honey: The hundreds of thousands of black Canary bees which we keep at El Cabrito since last autumn have developed very well and are fulfilling their most important task namely pollinating the local plants. Two of the presently seven bee-hives have already become so strong this year that we can share their store of honey with them.
Not only our bee-keepers, Mathias and Miguel are happy about this first little honey collection. We are all happy, above all that we have obviously been successful in breeding and keeping these local black bees and thereby giving them back the habitat they used to have before they had been almost driven out by bee colonies brought from Europe.
19. May 2019
Colours from La Gomera’s Magic Garden
To create paints yourself is a very sensual process. The participants of a two-week workshop offered by the Swiss artist Mary Anne Imhof have been able to experience this first-hand. The stones collected in the mountains were smashed, pulverised to fine colour pigments in the workshop at El Cabrito and finally mixed to create coloured paints. Thus, individual paint-boxes with various water-colours were made. The result are works of art painted freely and with relish. Mary Anne Imhof says: “We have coaxed artistically secrets from the stones and thereby led the guests of our exhibition into a magic garden of natural paints.”
02. May 2019
Cut banana leaves into strips, plait them and fasten the braid onto a narrow strip of carton – and there you have a very special book-mark. Plaiting the fibrous banana leaves is a traditional Gomeran craft. Recently Petra, a local crafts artist from Vallehermoso taught our guests at El Cabrito how to master this. It seems simple but it needs patience and a bit of skill – but it is fun. With this action our guests manage to support the Gomeran Society for Sustainability: It will use these handmade book-marks at Canary fairs for sustainability.
19. April 2019
The Easter Bunnies of El Cabrito
More than hundred white and coloured Easter bunnies are decorating the windows of the banana-hall at El Cabrito this year – each and every one of them unique – born from imagination, cut out freehand and signed by Lilo C. Karsten. The Berlin artist has again arranged for our guests to participate in her yearly Easter workshop – including the painting of eggs and Easter decorations.
Together with Lilo’s distinctive Easter bunnies we at El Cabrito wish all our guests and friends of the finca hotel a HAPPY EASTER!
The sunshades at El Cabrito are rather curious beauties: They are dishevelled by winds and rooted into the sand they cannot be tilted nor can their height be adjusted. But never the less they resist sun, storm and salt and are dependant to give plenty of shade. Another remarkable feature which is taken very seriously at El Cabrito: They are sustainable. Once their sustaining metal frames have been fixed deeply into the sand damaged palm fronds in the shade are replaced by new ones if necessary. The 35 shades which provide shade in the bay of El Cabrito work without plastic, without rot-proof material or other chemical preservers. They are a gift to nature.
11. March 2019
The beach-bar at El Cabrito offers a new attraction: a large pool billiard table. Add the good atmosphere, super music, a finca cocktail … and the ball rolls!