|Even if I say so myself, the fabada I made on Sunday was delicious|
|The lovely church in Murias where we went to mass last Sunday|
|Some of the vintage cars in Murias last Sunday|
|Our last meal with our guests on Sunday in Montrondo|
|The aftermath of the terrorist attack in Manhattan (Chelsea area) on Monday|
|Beautiful Charmain Carr as Liesl in The Sound of Music|
|The book written by "Liesl"|
|Hanging out the washing in the sun in Montrondo on Monday|
|A farewell photo at Yoli and Isidro's house with my mother-in-law Ernestina and god-daughter Alicia, little Pippa, Eladio and the giant vegetables.|
|Anas and Marie who came to dinner on Tuesday night.|
|Dressed up for our video for Paula's wedding|
|As selfie at the end of the evening with our lovely international guests, Marie and Anas.|
|The Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Madrid|
In the evening Oli called me to say she would be dropped off by the cameraman near home and could I pick her up and bring her home. Well, of course I could. By 7 she was home, the earliest time since she started the new job. However she had not slept well the night before and nor had she eaten on Wednesday. I soon put remedy to the latter and when Miguel came off we went to have dinner at Ginos.
|Miguel and Oli at dinner with us at Ginos on Wednesday night|
On Thursday I was up at 7 and able to make her breakfast. I wished her a calm and productive day. The Rudyard Kipling poem "If" came to mind and I sent her the verse which starts off like this: "If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs". I hope she takes my advice.
For the record Thursday was the first day of Autumn. However, the warm weather continues here and this week I have been bathing in the pool after our morning walks. I'm not sure how long it will last but while the going is good I hope to continue to use the pool.
Eladio's birthday was on Friday 23rd but as we would be travelling to Málaga that day we decided to celebrate it with a special lunch on Thursday so that my Father wouldn't miss out on the occasion.
And here is the birthday "boy" who, as you can see from the candles on the cake, was celebrating his 72nd year. Amazing right? Natasha, our Ukranian temporary carer,couldn't believe her eyes. She said he didn't look a day over 60 and I agree with her. For his birthday I had bought Season 4 of House of Cards and a brand new touch screen kindle; from my Father and I. I must have made the right choice as he was pleased with them.
|Eladio with his cake and candles, birthday card and presents.|
|My Father happily tucking into Eladio's delicious birthday cake on Thursday|
Shortly after lunch I had to go to the office for an all staff meeting about the integration of our company which has just been bought. For the moment there are plans on the table but they are ambitious and I look forward to being a part of them. As the new Austrian CEO said, this is the biggest corporate project in Spain at the moment and he is right.
Last night we had the pleasure of the company of Olivia and Miguel for the 3rd night this week. Oli remarked how lovely it was to have two homes. This is because her main point of reference with her new job is often the Ciudad de la Imagen (CIty of Image) where TeleMadrid is based), So it was dinner again together last night and we ate it outside.
Then guess what we watched on TV last night when we went to bed? Yes, you knew, the beginning of Season 4 of House of Cards. We had missed Kevin Spacey and Robin Weight - Francis and Claire Underwood - and this season promises to be just as good as the rest.
Whilst we were watching the TV, Suzy had landed in Málaga from London. It was quite late but waiting for her to have dinner were dear Paula and Pedro (the bride and groom - Paula is our neice and Andrés and Pili's daughter) in that big Andalusian city, one of the biggest towns in Spain by the way. And here are Suzy and Paula, two beautiful cousins who love each other so much. Don't they look happy?
|Suzy and Paula in Málaga last night|
Well yes, the big day has come. It is Friday morning and at 08.30 we shall be leaving by car with José Antonio and Dolores and hopefully arrive in Málaga on time for lunch with my darling daughter Suzy.
It's going to be a great family wedding; all of us in Málaga and of course the weather will be glorious in that part of Spain. I have only ever visited Málaga once. We shall be staying at the Parador which is on the beach so of course I have packed our swimming costumes.
I will publish this now. I know it's Friday and not blog day but I want to be free of writing this weekend and to able to enjoy the family wedding. But also I want next week's post to focus completely on Paula and Pedro's big day.
Wishing them a long and happy marriage, I will sign off now but not before saying Happy Birthday to my dear dear husband. We celebrated yesterday but shall continue to do so today.
Cheers for now/Masha