|Our porch by day, arguably one of the best places in the world, albeit for us|
A week ago Spain made football history by winning the Euro Cup in an incredible win against Italy scoring 4 goals to Italy’s nil. Spanish fans had been chanting; “no hay dos sin tres” (there is no two without three) referring to this possible win as the third consecutive win of a major football championship. After all, the Spanish team had won the 2008 Euro Cup and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. With the victory on Sunday, the dream came true and the news of Spain’s historic win made the front pages of all the newspapers in the world. The debate then started as to whether this Spanish football team was the best in history. The country was ecstatic with joy for two days, forgetting stories of its bail out, struggling banking system and the ever increasing “prima de riesgo” (risk premium).
|La Roja made football history by winning the Euro Cup on Sunday|
|The Spanish football team's welcome home was one big fiesta for a million people!|
At home on Monday, we welcomed back Joe, our black cat who has been missing for more than two months now. I watched his homecoming as I was about to step into my car to go to the office on Monday morning. Then miraculously Phoebe also appeared and Eladio and I both witnessed their greeting each other outside the house. Phoebe had reappeared more recently but judging by their reencounter, I feel they had taken their separate ways and that they had met again on Monday for the first time since their disappearance.
|It was great to have both cats back on Monday (Joe - black - and Phoebe - light coloured)|
|Our dogs, Elsa the labrador and Norah the beagle are the main culprits of the cats' disappearance|
The week has been quiet, with not much activity. I had a nasty summer cold which had me under the weather for most of the time, although I am feeling a lot better now. After the previous week’s busy times, I felt a little disoriented, as my next big project won’t be until September. I got a lot of positive feedback from the Yoigo Summer party and was happy to send out the video and photos to all the guests. A lot of people commented it was the best Yoigo party ever. That was nice to hear, of course, but I tend to hear the same comment after nearly every party. I am wondering now whatever will we come up with next year to surprise people again. That is always my problem. However I shall cross that bridge when I come to it and hopefully, be creative enough to hear people say the same again next year. That sounds easy but I can assure you it’s not.
|Pure love, Suzy nuzzling Norah from the pool on Thursday|
You are probably wondering why I think our porch is “arguably the best place in the world”, for me at least. Well it is and I came to that conclusion last night. We were sitting on the benches by the pool with the dogs at our feet and I looked at it and took in just how wonderful and luxurious it is. We have never lived in a better house, although I am not attached to this house in any sort of sentimental way as I know one day we will move from here when we retire, probably to the coast. But I do appreciate just how marvelous it is and how lucky we are to live here. I commented to Eladio that soon we would be going on our holiday but that nowhere would we find anywhere as nice as our porch and that it will be wonderful to come back to. So why are we going I wonder? His answer was so that we can appreciate it even more when we come back and he is probably right. Last week I posted a picture of the porch at night and yesterday I took a photo of it by day. I felt as if I was maybe showing off too much by posting it on Facebook and maybe I was but then again why hide something which gives us so much pleasure? So here it is again, just a shot as there is no way one photograph can take in the whole picture: the pool itself which is just a few metres from the lounge with its huge glass French windows, the covered part of the porch with its whicker sofas and dinner table we use so little, the new parasol and wooden table given to us by Eladio’s brother Isidro many years ago, the patch of grass and trees at the far corner where we usually sit or lie to be out of the sun during the hot afternoons and then the open part with the wooden benches we sit on at night, the wrought iron chairs and table brought from the old porch from our house in Bradford and finally the lovely orange flowers that surround the pool, adding wonderful colour in the summer. So, yes, it is arguably the best place in the world, at least for us. I wonder if you agree.
|Hotel Rotilio where we will be staying in Sanxenxo|
After seven nights at the Hotel Rotilio right by the Silgar Beach in Sanxenxo, we will drive to Asturias, to the small fishing village of Cudillero where we will be returning to the wonderful Indiana hotel called La Casona de la Paca.
|The beautiful Casona de la Paca where we will be staying in Cudillero in Asturias|
I wrote a review of this beautiful little establishment on Trip Advisor and since then have been a huge hit with the owner Montse. We look forward to returning to the magical Beach of Silence (Playa del Silencio), swimming at the Playa de Aguilar, not to mention enjoying the local gastronomy, especially at El Pescador.
|The beach of silence (la playa de silencio) near Cudillero, a magical place especially at sunset|
|Suzy and Oli at the beach in Santa Pola this weekend with two of their friends|
But Friday wasn’t a highlight because of that. The first piece of good news was the story my scales told in the morning. I had been on the consolidation phase of the Dukan diet for just one week and had actually lost more weight which was an unexpected piece of good news. So that night I thought I deserved my celebration meal of the week which is allowed during the consolidation phase. We went to La Txitxarrería in nearby Pozuelo where I enjoyed my first glass of red wine for at least two months!
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But the best news of all on Friday was José Antonio’s all clear after his prostate gland removal operation just over a month ago. He did tests last week and on Friday was pronounced all clear. We are so happy for him and can now stop worrying. We look forward to celebrating with him and the rest of the family in Montrondo after our trip to Galicia and Asturias at the end of July.
And today is Sunday, the sun is shining again as it has all week and we look forward to another quiet day, as we count the days until our holiday begins. The girls will be back tonight and I wish them a safe journey back from Santa Pola later on today.