|A selfie with Eladio and Olivia on our pit stop at Rueda on the way to Montrondo on Saturday morning|
|The girls, Oli in purple and Suzy in blue at the water park (Aquopolis) in July 1995|
|Suzy at work on Monday|
|Father Jacques Hamel R.I.P. a true martyr|
|Our simple dinner outside on Tuesday night|
|The window cleaner who came on Wednesday morning|
|With Pippa in the pool on Wednesday afternoon|
|Elsa the swimming dog|
|Ernestina knitting away on Wednesday|
|Alicia and Ernestina, my mother-in-law aged 94, dancing to Spanish 40's music from You Tube|
|Olivia and Paula, a chance encounter on the streets of Madrid on Wednesday this week|
|Pippa on my pillow|
|Painting the green room, music to my ears|
|Our garden is green thanks to Eladio|
|Our registry wedding day was 33 years ago on Thursday 28th July!|
The main news that day was that Hilary Clinton was elected Presidential candidate by the Democratic Party at a huge convention in the US. I watched several of the speeches; those from Michele Obama, Barack Obama, her husband Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea. I had hoped one of them may have mentioned the Monica Levinsky issue but it never came up. Hilary's was the last and it was a good one. Dressed in her favourite style, "a pant suit", she was full of confidence when she accepted. During the Convention it was suggested that Russia had been behind the campaign as if Putin wanted to influence the presidential election. Well I wouldn't put it past them. Hilary Clinton could now become the first woman President in the US; unless that clown Donald Trump beats her and it's going to be close. I will be watching just as the rest of the world will. P.S. Michele Obama's speech was by far the best and I couldn't help thinking that maybe she should have been the next US President. She is so popular and sensible, clever and pretty that maybe one day she will; that is, if she wants to.
|Hilary Clinton is now the official Democrat President Elect. Here in a white pant suit at the Democrat Convention when she accepted the role with "full confidence.".|
It was a delight to see Mother and daughter reunited after the latter's adventure in the USA this year. She will be going back at the end of August to do the American "high school" which I imagine is the equivalent to UK 'A levels" or the Spanish "Bachillerato". She is 16 going on 17 and like Lisa in The Sound of Music is a beautiful girl about to become a poised and lovely woman.
On a more sombre note, on Friday the Pope who was in Poland for the anniversary of the country becoming Roman Catholic and for the World Youth Day in Kracow, visited the Auschwitz death camp.
|The Pope visits Auschwitz - here walking uder the famous gates to the Nazi death camp|
Ronald Lauder, of the World Jewish Congress thanked him for the visit saying that it was an important signal against hatred and that this "dark chapter must never be forgotten". I applaud his visit. It is my objective, once in my life, to make this same trip. I shall never forget visiting The Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem (Yad Vashem) where I wept buckets of tears, especially when I reached the Hall of Names, the memorial to each and every Jew who perished in the Holocaust.
On Friday afternoon whilst I was cooling off by the pool in what may well have been the hottest day of the year so far, I got a message from Olivia to say she had a live TV report to do from nearby Boadilla and could I pick her up. Well of course I could and did but I also wanted to see her in action. The report was at a police spokesperson's own home where he was to give advice on how to protect your house for the holidays. The main holidays in Spain started this weekend; including mine. I arrived on time but had trouble parking. I was embarrassed to tell the policeman (Serafín) that I had parked illegally. Thankfully I wasn't there long enough to get a fine. Up I went to the flat in one of the main streets in the village to find Oli, the producer, the cameraman and the policeman preparing the scene for the shoot. Here they are a few minutes before they went live.
|The TV team in Boadilla just before they went live. Oli in the beige skirt is second from the left.|
We got home to find Eladio in the pool so we joined him immediately. Being Friday night we went out to dinner and chose Ginos in Boadilla. We had to sit inside with the air conditioning rather than on the terrace as at 9 p.m. at night it was 36ºc outsideª. The minimum temperature that night would be 24ºc! Dinner was lovely. This was my choice; pasta with prawns and asparagus in a creamy tomato sauce.
|My choice of pasta at Ginos on Friday night.|
The atmosphere in the car was very holiday like. Oli and I sat in the back with Pippa, Eladio drove and his Mother, excited to be seeing her daughter Pili again and be in Montrondo, sat in the front. Oli and I spoke to Suzy on the phone during our journey and we listened to The Beatles on Spotify.
|Oli and I in the car with Pippa on our trip to Montrondo on Saturday morrning.|
|The pit stop at Palacio de Bornos in Rueda on our way to Montrondo.|
|The programme for the Santa Marta fiestas this weekend in Montrondo.|
|The family lunch took place at La Palloza in Murias de Paredes this year|
At about 4 we all left for Montrondo and Eladio, Oli and I had the task of settling in and bringing in all the food I had brought for our stay. We shall be here for about 2 weeks. Unfortunately Oli will be returning this evening (by high speed train from León) as she works tomorrow.
Not all the fiesta activities were over and at 6 there was a lawn mower race on the common in El Campo where it seemed all the village and its mother were there to watch. I have never seen so many cars in Montrondo.
|The lawn mower race yesterday.|
|Oli by La Fleita with Pippa|
|Playing Molkky in Montrondo yesterday|
And here I am now writing at the crack of dawn. I woke up at 6.15. Once I have published this week's tales, I shall go on a walk with Adela my sister-in-law and Pippa. We will be back by 9 on time for breakfast with Oli and Eladio.
Today our friends Javier and Ana will be coming to stay but of course I will tell you about that in next week's post.
Meanwhile my friends, I wish you all well and will leave you now until next time,