|Enjoying our Easter holiday with the family in Montrondo.|
Palm Sunday turned out to be a bloody Sunday. It started off quietly for us at home with Eladio mowing the lawn. It was quiet for Suzy too in London. They had great weather and that day she relaxed with her friends, Vicky, Chati and Anita in Victoria Park basking in the sun.
|Miguel outside La Casona de la Paca upon their arrival last Sunday|
|Oli showing off their room at the lovely hotel in pretty Cudillero|
|Bloody Palm Sunday in Egypt|
|Carmen Chacó, Spain's 1st woman Minister of Defence, inspecting the troops in Afghanistan when she was heavily pregnant.|
|The 3 Spanish golfers who will go down in golfing history|
|With my Korean Airbnb guests on Monday morning.|
|There is more sitting space now on the terrace by the pool.|
|Lucy on our afternoon walk last Monday.|
|Oli with one of the nuns who featured in her programme.|
|Oli in Castropol this week|
|The famous "playa de las catedrales" in Galicia.|
|It was lovely to host our friends Kathy and Phil this week|
|My new Mini with its branded courtesy lights hahaha.|
|Elado with Phil on Tuesday night|
|The Dortmund Borussia bus which was attacked by bombs on Tuesday|
|Leicester hooligans on the rampage this week in Madrid. I am ashamed of them.|
|Eladio at Rueda on Wednesday|
On Maunday Thursday I was awake at 5ish but forced myself to stay in bed until 6.15. I woke up to read an email from Poland from an ex Nokia colleague who wanted to hire me as their PR consultant for a special mobile phone app that allows medical students to share cases. They want me to do the PR internationally. I took one look and the first thing I saw was an operation on Siamese twins! As usual I said yes, not knowing at all how to tackle the subject but somehow I will. Next week I shall be very busy starting on the Valencia music school PR plan, doing a PR plan for another ex Nokia colleague and friend on a walk and dance school in Madrid as well as working on the PR plan for my Catalan clients' participation in a communications fair in Hong Kong. Just the thought of all that brings back the stress I mentioned earlier. A friend of mine who is also a freelance consultant advised me not to accept all requests but at the moment "beggars can't be choosers".
But I was determined to enjoy my Easter break here in Montrondo and try to disconnect. I did so by going to nearby Villablino with Miguel, Oli and Dolores that morning to do the food shopping at Gadis, a great supermarket I wish we had in Madrid. And here I am filling the trolley with Miguel.
|Shopping in Villablino on Thursday|
|With Teresa and her cousins in Villablino on Thursday|
|Cooking in Montrondo with Oli and Miguel|
|"The Mother of all bombs".|
The next day was Good Friday. This year, unable to find any hot cross buns, I brought scones and crumpets instead. I ate them with gusto, despite their including palm oil of which there is much fuss at the moment. Hopefully I worked some of it off after our long walk up the mountains that morning. It was another sunny day and we enjoyed the views and new signs of spring on our way up. Here is Eladio climbing up the very familiar path.
|Eladio coming up the mountain path|
|On our walk in the mountains on Good Friday|
|Oli and Miguel with the Tambarón mountain in the background.|