Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Visit of Adela, Primo, Marta and Ministro

Hello again mid week,

Just a quick post midweek to include Adela and family's visit here on Monday:

On Monday Adela, Eladio’s sister, her husband Primo and daughter Marta and husband Fernando, commonly known as Ministro came to see us to pick the abuela and take her back to León. It was their first visit to our new house which made the event even more special. Primo is the son of Virginia, the lady I wrote about not so long ago who died in her late 90s and is of course from their native Montrondo.

Unfortunately Susi was not there to welcome her beloved older cousin Marta but she left both Marta and Ministro a lovely note. You may want to know why Fernando is called Ministro. Well I don’t actually know the reason but that was his nick name when he was a football player in the “Ponferradina” second division football club. These days he is a PE teacher but still plays football in his free time for the third division Ponferrada football team. As you will see from the pictures he is extremely “fit” and in more ways than one!!!

They were here late Monday evening and after a welcome drink we all went off on “our” daily walk to work up an apetite for dinner. Oli and her boyfriend José Luis joined us and were 10 round the family table. The “grandparents” went off to bed quite early and we all stayed on around the table drinking cherry tea, coffee with “orujo” (high alcohol spirit from Galicia) and, in my case, pacharán which, of course, gave me a huge headache all night. I never learn!

On Monday we showed them around our neighbourhood, El Bosque, and then went home to prepare an enormous barbecue as my calculations for meat were very unproportionate and there ended up being far too much.

After the hot afternoon siesta, the family left to take the abuela back to León. Of course we will all be seeing each other again soon at the annual family lunch on the last Saturday of July in the family village Montrondo which always coincides with the village “fiestas” in honour of St. Marta.

It was a short but sweet visit as we don’t often get together with Adela’s family, although of course we did have her son Roberto and his new wife Ana to stay very recently on their way to their honeymoon in Greece.

There are some nice pictures at the top of this post of the family together having a coffee and a beer in El Bosque and one of Ministro and Primo enjoying their beer.

It was great to have you all. Come back soon!

All the best

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