|On the cold and snowy walk to Murias last Sunday with Keith and Lorraine|
|Snow in Montrondo last Sunday|
|The lentil stew I made last Sunday in Montrondo|
|Outside "La Palloza" in Murias with Keith and Lorraine last Sunday|
|Danny Willet in the coveted green jacket at Augusta. Well done for Yorkshire, well done for England.|
|The wedding invitation|
|Our eclectic lounge as seen from both sides. We don't spend much time there.|
|Dinner on Keith and Lorraine's last night at La Txitxarrería on Monday|
|Cristiano Ronaldo worked his magic to bring Real Madrid through to the semi-finals of the Champions League|
|Antoine Griezmann, the man of the match in the second leg of the quarter finals between Atletico de Madrid and Barcelona.|
|My new phone. To quote Google "feeling lucky".|
|Looking forward to seeing these|
|Pedro Almodóvar's new film which we went to see on Friday night.|
|Spanish minister of Industry, José Manuel Soria, who resigned on Friday because of his involvement in the Panama papers|
|Oli is in Salamanca this weekend with colleagues|
|Happy times in Camden this weekend for Suzy with our Indian friends Sumit and Sandeep|
I was interested to see in the news yesterday that Kate and William were visiting The Taj Mahal on their tour of India and Bhutan.
|The royal visit this week of William and Kate to the Taj Mahal. They sat on the same bench as Lady Diana did|
|Lady Diana alone by the Taj Mahal in 1992, a symbol of loneliness and unhappiness|
|Our visit to The Taj Mahal in January 2009 was a very happy moment and highlight of our trip to India and Nepal for our 25th wedding anniversary|
I have been following their tour of India closely and am a little disappointed that most of the news is about the clothes Kate has been wearing. I have to admit though I wanted to see her in a sari and that hasn't happened so far.
He was my Father’s pupil nearly 40 years ago so it was to be an amazing reunion. Simon’s descriptions of my Father as a teacher of languages at Bradford Grammar School show a different father to the one I know as I have explained on some occasions when other ex-pupils have reached out to him after all these years. To all of them he was huge influence in their academic careers. I always knew he was a good teacher but that he was one of the best at that very prestigious school where he sent so many of his Russian students to Oxford and Cambridge, makes me so very proud of him. I only wish I had known at the time and listened to him more.
Simon arrived at our local station where I picked him up. We came home to find my Father watching the BBC World News and they were introduced. Meanwhile Zena, our Ukranian carer offered my Father a cup of tea and Simon, who speaks perfect Russian, talked to her too. Later I left my Simon alone with my Father for them to speak privately as I didn't want to interfere. They sat together for over an hour and a half at the end of which I did interrupt them to see if Daddy was tired and he was a little, though very pleased to see Simon and amazed he had come all the way from Geneva, a city close to his heart, especially to see him.
|Teacher and pupil from Bradford Grammar School reunited after nearly 40 years.|
And today Simon will be with us until the afternoon so he will be able to spend more time with my Father. Zena will be making us a Ukranian dish made with cabbage and meat and Simon wants to go out and buy a bottle of vodka to drink with my Father. Now that will be a good moment for sure but you will hear all about it in next week's post.
Cheers till then