|Back from the hairdresser on Friday and trying out the cardigan and scarf Fátima bought me for my birthday. Oli said my hair looked crazy!|
|Breakfast on our last day in Brussels|
|Sandra and Adele at the vet with Barney last Sunday in Brussels|
|Sandie in Ladurée in Le Sablon in Brussels last Sunday|
|My "Route des Indes" Gien bone china collection|
|My Le Pain Quotidien collection of bowls and jugs|
|At the Spanish owned boutique Fille in Brussels last Sunday|
|Oli's present from Fille|
|Love my new M+S relaxed skinny jeans|
|The new BBC TV series War and Peace arrived whilst we were away|
|My film of the week|
|Next on my to-read list|
|What our ground floor looks like at the moment.|
|There was lots of snow in Montrondo this week|
|Roses blooming in our garden in February is very odd indeed|
|Our house in Montrondo this week with all the snow (it's the stone one in the middle with the wooden shutters).|
|Darling Pippa, what more can I say?|
|Red nails are my trademark|
|Norah was in trouble this week for raiding the biscuit cupboard and eating the plumber's sandwich!|
Thursday was my fasting day. It was also the day of the week we did our weekly shopping. Actually it will be for 2 weeks or so I hope. There are 2 full trolleys with enough food for 6 people, 3 dogs and 1 cat to last the household for quite a while I suspect. Here is Eladio just before he loaded the shopping into the car
|Eladio and this week's shopping - enough to feed an army!|
|A shopping spree on Friday|
|Working at home on Friday and wearing the new blue top from H+M and a scarf I bought in Brussels|
It didn't start off well for me but it was to be a memorable day for Suzy. It was the day she was moving into her new house in Camden in North London. She has come a long way from when she first went to London nearly 3 years ago now and lived in ghastly crowded accommodation in Whitechapel. Moving from South Bermondsey to Camden is quite a step up in her life. In Madrid it would be like moving from Parla to Pozuelo! It took her all day and we weren't to get a photo until late on Friday night. Here she is in a taxi with all her stuff including her bike! I can't wait to go and see her.
|Suzy on removal day on Friday, from South Bermondsey to Camden|
She had to leave soon for one of her eternal conference calls. Nokia has just bought Alcatel Lucent and her new boss is a woman in Ottawa!!! I can imagine conference calls at all hours. I was lucky, my work for the week was out of the way and I went to the hairdresser. I have been going to Marco Aldany in Boadilla (Sector B) or many years. This is a chain of hairdressers owned by the family of two ex school friends of Suzy and Oli at St. Michael's School, Zoa and Zeus. I have found my dream hairdresser there, Merche. She did my hair on Wednesday 10th Feb, the day before we went to Brussels and it stood the test for 9 days, although I was terribly relieved to wash it after such a long time yesterday. She did a good job and this time it has to last my stay at the Mobile World Congress next week in Barcelona. I was very pleased with the result although Oli said it looked a little crazy. Well, maybe it is although her friend Copi said I looked like a "pin up". That was a lovely compliment. Here is my selfie at Marco Aldany yesterday when Merche finished doing my hair for under 15 euros by the way my dear British friends!
|A selfie at Marco Aldany yesterday. The result is a little eccentric but I like it and it will last more than a week.|
Being Friday night, Eladio and I went out to dinner. We chose nearby Ginos in Boadilla where we enjoyed a quiet meal together. Our topic of conversation, as nearly always, was our family. However we also spoke about the big issue in Europe today, the possibility of "Brexit", the exit of the UK from the EU. It hardly bears thinking about. Last night an agreement was reached in Brussels where many of the UK concessions were agreed upon. This means that now David Cameron will be able to call a referendum in the summer. One of the main problems for the UK is the amount of EU immigrants going to live in the UK and receiving benefits. I commented to Eladio that in Spain no immigrants from any country coming here receive anything and that unemployment benefit is only given for 2 years maximum after having worked for a minimum amount of time. The benefits the UK has to fork out for British born people is already much higher than most countries of the world and I don't see why they should be offered to non British born citizens who have never even worked there. Of course they flock there if they are going to get free housing and unemployment benefit from day one. I don't even understand why Brussels has a problem with this if other countries in the EU do not hand out money left right and centre to anyone arriving in their country from one of the 28 member states. Really I don't. All I can say is that I really hope my country stays in the EU.
And today is Saturday. It's sunny again but bitterly cold. I shall be doing my two walks, then making lunch for the family. Tomorrow I am off to Barcelona for this year's Mobile World Congress which is why I am publishing my blog today.
You will be hearing all about my time in the Catalan capital (they have their own Brexit - exit from Spain - issue which I can't understand either). Meanwhile I hope you have a great weekend.
Cheers till next time