|Dressing up for fun on Sunday night when Sumit, our Indian friend, and Rafa came for dinner|
|Oli and Sumit when we went to pick him on Sunday afternoon|
|At the café in Boadilla, Oli, Rafa and Sumit. Photo taken from outside!|
|Oli, Sumit and Rafa having a fun moment last Sunday|
|Steven Spielberg's The Bridge of Spies, not that convinced.|
It gets off to a very slow start and I found the story line not desperately interesting so when we were about a quarter of the way through we switched it off and left it to watch the rest another night.
Thursday came and it was Miguel, Oli's longstanding boyfriend's birthday. I was up early to go and buy chocolate and churros as well as "porras" (a thicker and longer version) for a special birthday breakfast.
|Buying "porras" (in the pic), chocolate and churros for Miguel's birthday breakfast|
|Miguel - his birthday breakfast on Thursday morning.|
They arrived in the afternoon and I went to pick them up. It was a glorious day when the temperature peaked at 21ºc and for once I got to the airport before my visitors. Their Easy Jet flight from Gatwick got in early! We were soon home and enjoying a cup of tea and my Crabtree and Evelyn white chocolate and raspberry flavoured biscuits.
From tea we turned to wine as the afternoon progressed and here we are sitting together enjoying the moment. Keith was playing with the dogs at the time so he has a funny look on his face hahahaha.
|Chatting with our friends over a glass of wine by the swimming pool terrace on Thursday afternoon|
|Dinner in Illescas on Thursday night|
|The amazing desert|
Friday morning came and after breakfast we set off for Montrondo. We were leaving good weather for bad and we could have gone to our flat near Alicante but our friends being British don't mind the weather hahaha. Very sweetly of them they were looking forward to seeing the new house and enjoying the wine and ham at Rueda on the way. They had been forewarned about the weather and got kit out in advance as in the photo below with their raincoats on haha.
|Keith and Lorraine in their raincoats ready for a wet weekend in Montrondo|
|The lovely "pit stop" at Rueda with our friends|
|Lunch at Casa Yordas in Pandorado|
Our friends were to see our new house for the first time. They had last saw it in construction in the summer and I think from their comments they thought we had done a good job.
|On our walk on Friday afternoon|
|Walking back via "la barrera" on Friday afternoon|
|Homemade artichokes for dinner on Friday night|
|The "man in the hat" caught|
The weather people got it right on Friday and I woke up to rain. But very soon it stopped and the sun came out and it was to be a beautiful day. We had all come out kitted for rain and were pleasantly surprised to find sun most of the weekend, although it was quite cold.
I made "fabada" a butter bean and chorizo soup which hails from Asturias. It would be a first for our friends. Here it is bubbling on the hob.
|My fabada for lunch on Saturday|
At about 11.30 we set off for a long walk up into the mountains which in many places were still snow capped.
|Setting off on our walk up the mountains on Saturday morning|
We were to walk just under 10km there and back. It's a steep walk up but worth the effort for the views.
|Keith and Lorraine on the way up - lots of snow about the further up we went|
|At the Abedular|
|Eladio walking down the mountains yesterday on our long walk|
|The waterfall at the half way point between Montrondo and Murias|
|A selfie at "God's rock" (La Peña de Dios)|
|Dinner last night|
Wishing you all a great week ahead, cheers till next time,