|Monica, Chati and Suzy outside Windsor Castle last weekend|
|It was good sporting news for Great Britain this week|
|The dogs in their beds in the kitchen|
|Eladio and Pippa seeing me off on Tuesday morning as I left for meetings in town|
|Little Yoigo at QuintaEsencia|
|Lunch with my events team at Babelia on Tuesday|
|Suzy and some of the staff at Planet Organic this week getting into the spirit of Christmas|
|The traditional pit stop at Palacio de Bornos in Rueda|
|At the market in Riello on our way to Montrondo|
|As seen on the walk to Murias on Wednesday afternoon|
|Pippa on her 1st birthday on 3rd December in Montrondo|
|Eladio watching the news in Montrondo in our comfy lounge come kitchen|
|By the newly restored old washing place in Montrondo|
|Eladio by the restored old washing place in Montrondo|
|Salo my neighbour and friend by her chorizos and other produce from the "matanza"|
|The fabada I made on Friday|
|Hanging out the washing in Montrondo|
|The potato salad I served as a first course for lunch on Friday|
|The table set for lunch on Friday|
|Claudia and Miguel in Montrondo on Friday the day they arrived.|
Oli and Miguel had left Madrid for Montrondo at about 5.30 pm on Friday but were faced with congestion as is typical on the eve of the December bank holiday. They got here just after 9 and a lovely dinner was awaiting them. Later we were joined by Miguel, Claudia, Toño and Dolores. That night we went to bed after midnight, very late for me.
I was up at 6.50 on Saturday morning with a headache. I soon got rid of it with the first coffee of the day. I made breakfast for everyone and then set about preparing 2 apple crumbles; one for us and one for Toño and Dolores. I then prepared our lunch; lamb stew topped with crispy roast potatoes. Eladio was to be in charge of putting it in the oven whilst I went to Villablino with Oli, Miguel, Dolores, Miguel and Claudia.
We went expecting there to be a market but unfortunately it had been held the day before. Thus we just went to the supermarket Gadis. As I said before it's a great supermarket, one of the best in Spain in my opinion because of the variety and quality. The chain is from Galicia so we won't be seeing it in Madrid anytime soon I'm afraid. There was time for a little something in one of the multiple bars in the coal mining town of Villablino. But first Miguel and Claudia went to get Teresa. Teresa is our friend Ludi's mother; Ludi who is married to Pedro Delgado of cycling fame.
In the photo above I am posing with Ludi's mother and below is a selfie of all of us. The bar was nothing to write home about but we did enjoy a "mosto" (like wine but without alcohol) with potatoes and garlic mayonnaise, ummm. In this area of Spain you always get a free tapa with your drink.
|A selfie on Saturday morning in Villablino with (left to right) Miguel, Dolores, Claudia, Miguel (my nephew), Teresa (Ludi's mother), me and Oli.|
Later we would work it off with another walk to Murias and back. This time we were joined by José Antonio, Dolores, Claudia, Miguel and Oli. The photo below is just as we set off. Miguel brought his camera with him and the photos that come next are of a much better quality. They captured too the family and fun time we had on that marvelous walk. As Oli remarked later, it was the air and the scenery that she enjoyed so much, as compared to the pollution in Madrid which at the moment is at an all time high.
|About to set off on the walk on Saturday afternoon|
|Our jumping photo on God's rock|
|On the walk yesterday|
|Our cozy dinner last night|
Today is Sunday and it's 7 in the morning. I am writing as everyone else sleeps, including Pippa who is on the red blanket on the sofa in my study. I have been writing since Friday so as to publish my blog early this morning and thus be able to pay my full attention to the family again today. It is Oli and Miguel's last day and I intend to make it another great family day. Poor Oli does not have a bank holiday; whilst those of us who remain in Montrondo will be able to be here until Tuesday as Monday is a "puente) (bridge day between 2 holiday days). Today is 6th December and Constitution Day. In Finland it's Independence day so I hope all my Finnish friends have a great day.
Now I will love you and leave you as the saying goes and get on with making breakfast for the family. You will hear about the rest of our stay here next week. Soon we will be coming again, just before Christmas and once again I look forward to a happy family time here but this time with Suzy too who is the only person missing this weekend.
Cheers then till next Sunday my friends. I hope you all have a great week.