|Happy New Year to you all from my family and I|
|Yorkshire sense of humour flourished with the floods|
|The Yoigo joke on the Spanish equivalent of April Fools' day this week had me as the protagonist|
|The annual Christmas dinner at Julio's this week|
|Eladio in Rueda on Wednesday on our way to Montrondo|
|My Christmas corner in the new house in Montrondo|
|The arrival of Pippa was one of the highlights of 2015|
|The finishing of the rebuilding of our house in Montrondo was the highlight of 2015|
|This is how Facebook summed up my year|
2015 will be remembered by most of us for the terrible ISIS beheadings and two terrible jihadist attacks in Paris and in other parts of the world. It will be remembered for the Greek bailout but possibly more so for the refugee crisis. Over 1 million people, more than 50% from Syria, have upped and left their countries for peace in Europe in the most precarious conditions. There is still no solution for them and all of us have in mind the photo of the dead 3 year old Syrian boy, Aylan, on a beach in Turkey. That for me is the image of the year and the pivotal moment in the refugee crisis. It was also the year of the General Elections in Spain where a government has still not been formed and the year of the terrible earthquake in Nepal. The year has ended with freak weather causing floods, storms and forest fires in many parts of the world.
|This photo of Aylan the 3 year old Syrian toddler who died on a beach in Turkey is the image of the year for me, the image that best represents the refugee crisis.|
|Montrondo on the last day of the year|
|New Year's Eve dinner where we got the dress code wrong.|
|New Year's Eve dinner in Montrondo|
|Oli with Copi and Anita celebrating New Year's Eve in Madrid|
|We had roast beef and Yorkshire pudding for our New Year's Day family lunch in Montrondo|
|I cooked whilst the New Year's Day Concert from Vienna was on the TV|
|Snow in Montrondo on New Year's Day, what a lovely surprise|
|Claudia in the snow.|
|The village looked like a Christmas picture postcard on New Year's Day|
|Eladio, Pippa and Nuba getting ready for a walk in the snow|
|A selfie on our walk in the snow with Dolores and Toño|
And today is Saturday and the snow is still here. It was not only Claudia who was surprised. It was also Pippa who I think is not quite sure how to take it. I took her out in the morning to do her business and she touched the snow with great trepidation. It was difficult to catch her on camera but I managed it.
|Pippa and the snow.|
|The table laid for lunch today.|
|Lunch with our friends yesterday during "la sobremesa"|
|With our guests by the village signpost yesterday|
It is now Sunday and I am writing early in the morning from my study in the new house with dear Pippa asleep on her red blanket on the sofa. Today will be our last day here for this time and we shall be going back to Madrid tomorrow on time for celebrating Reyes (Kings' Day) with Olivia and my Father.
So let me love you and leave you and once again wish you all a Happy New Year. Let 2016 be a good one for all of us.
Cheers till next week my friends and readers