|The four of us on Olivia's birthday, a very happy family. Lovely for the 4 of us to be together.|
|Eladio and his brother Toño (José Antonio) with their clogs (madreñas) on in Montrondo last Sunday|
|Ulpiano's place where hens, cockerels and cats live alongside|
|Alicia raking the grass in Montrondo last Sunday|
|Alicia with Marly and Pippa in Montrondo in the sun last Sunday|
|Isidro blowing the candles on his birthday cake|
|Genaro's secret garden in Montrondo|
|Eladio with his Father's scythe cutting the grass behind the house with his clogs (madreñas) on.|
|Pippa's bath time in Montrondo.|
|Some of the wild flowers I saw on the old path from Montrondo to Murias.|
|Elevenses in Montrondo on Monday morning|
|Home made fish and chips and mushy peas for lunch on Monday in Montrondo|
|Opening the new ham at home on Monday night to the great interest of our 3 dogs hahaha|
|Eladio mowing the lawn this week|
|The pool is not ready for the summer yet:-(|
|Dinner al fresco with Oli and Eladio this week|
|The Queen's speech this week|
|The young princesses Elizabeth and Margaret and their governess Marion Crawford in the mid 30s|
|An Egypt Air plane on route from Paris to Cairo like the one that crashed into the sea this week|
|Oli with the two Spanish heroes, David and Marta, who survived 10 days in a boat in the sea in Malaysia|
|Father and daughter reunited|
|Suzy and Pippa reunited too|
Saturday came and brought more wonderful sunshine. The day was going to be perfect, the family together and a party in store for Oli's birthday with the girls' friends from "La Manada" (the herd hahahaha). I was up early, had breakfast, went on my walk, came home and had a shower and washed my hair and only then did the girls and Miguel and Juli (their surrogate brother) get up. I even had time to cut more roses to put in vases around the house before I set to making 2 birthday cakes for Olivia. I cheated and had bought the sponge cakes but did the fillings and icing myself. Juli and Suzy helped me whilst Oli and Miguel went off to Mercadona our local supermarket to do the food shopping for the party.
|Putting the finishing touches to Oli's birthday cakes with Juli and Suzy|
|Oli's semi home made birthday cakes|
|The birthday party lunch for Oli|
The family birthday celebrations are today Sunday, officially Oli's 31st birthday. She has grown into such a beautiful and talented woman and is soon to fly the nest. I was up early to prepare breakfast for everyone. I even went out to buy churros and chocolate. I had a bit of a problem when I realised I had no cash and they wouldn't accept payment by card. The hole in the wall didn't work either so of course Eladio came to the rescue. In the end this is what the table looked like before we demolished all the yummy breakfast things.
|The table laid for Olivia's birthday breakfast this morning.|
|The third birthday cake!|
Now I will get on with enjoying the day with the family; Suzy's last day and Oli's birthday. I feel very blessed today.
So I will leave you now, hoping you enjoyed the tales of this week.
Till next time,