Monday, July 16, 2007

Not much to report.

Hi again

Well a week has gone by since my last post and there is not much to report. It has been a quiet week.

We have had the abuela, Eladio’s Mother with us for nearly a fortnight now and today Eladio’s Sister, Adela and family will be coming to pick her up. It will also be their first visit to our “new” house. So a dinner party is in order tonight for all the family.

The abuela’s main occupation when she is with us is sewing. She is no great reader, like us so when we are still reading the Sunday newspapers after more than an hour, we have to find some sewing for her. She has also knitted Susi a lovely woollen waistcoat while she has been here.

Susi went off on holiday with her Prince; i.e. her boyfriend Gaby. He is from the south of Spain and this week they are visiting his family in Jerez and Cádiz. And on Sunday they will make their way to Asturias in the north of Spain where they plan to camp at beach camping sites.

So that left Oli here at home. However we don’t see much of her because during the day she is at work with the Mia magazine and in the afternoons and evenings she is forever out socialising; a very normal occupation when you are young and beautiful like she is!

On the work front, I had a reencounter with dear Rose de la Pascua, a Spanish “girl” born in the UK of Spanish parents whose English sounds like Lady Diana’s did. Rose is the head of a communications agency called Cohn and Wolfe here in Madrid. Like me she has 2 daughters and in many ways we are soul mates. Rose is really my only English speaking friend in Madrid. Strange eh! We had lunch at Bice, the PP’s (Spanish right wing party) favourite haunt and this time saw the ex Minister for Foreign Affairs, Josep Pique. His lunch guest was a beautiful young blonde. It must be something to do with the eroticism of power or else it was his daughter. Who knows?

And on Thursday my boss and I had lunch with my two good journalist friends, Mar and Mariano (parents of the famous Sam – little Chinese boy). I hadn’t seen them since the Autumn so there was a lot of catching up to do. Time doesn’t change for either of them; although priorities do. Sam comes first in everything and so he deserves to. Great to see you two again!

The weekend was quiet and very hot. A lot of it was spent by the pool cooling off or in the siesta with the new air conditioning on.

This week will start with a family visit we are very much looking forward to.

Cheers till next time.

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