|Eladio and I on the lighthouse cliffs at sunset on Friday evening|
|On our wedding day 33 years ago today|
|Eladio and I 33 years later|
|Montrondo last Sunday the day we left|
|The medal table on Sunday morning|
|Andy Murray after winning gold at the Olympics at Rio in the men's singles tennis final|
|A book I enjoyed this week|
|Cliveden Stately home and gardens in Buckinghamshire|
|A selfie on my walk on Tuesday morning|
|Eladio mowing the lawn on Tuesday morning|
|Eladio's phlebotomy session on Tuesday afternoon at the Quiron Hospital|
|Marcus Cooper Walz - victory sign after wining the 1000 metre canoe sprint for Spain at the Rio Olympics|
|Orlando Ortega sprinting for Spain - the Cuban athlete won a silver medal for Spain in the 110 m hurdle race.|
|Suzy moved houses again this week - this time she will be living in Hoxton near Hackney|
|The view of the bay of Alicante from our flat in Santa Pola|
|On the beach with Eladio on Wednesday evening|
|I had the swimming pool to myself on Wednesday evening when we came back from the beach|
|On my sunrise walk to the lighthouse cliffs early on Thursday morning|
|The view from the light house cliffs - you can just spot the small island of Tabarca on the horizon.|
At around midday we went to take a tour of the market. There were the usual Chinese made fake shoes and clothes and the same stuff you see in markets the world round. None of this really interested us. However this market sells excellent local fruit and veg at budget prices and it's well worth shopping for it here.
|The fruit stall at the market in Gran Alacant where we bought some excellent local produce|
|Eladio at the market on Thursday morning|
Once back at the flat we put all our purchases away and I washed the fruit and put it in a bowl. I must say the thick black cherries make it look most appealing. The fruit at this time of year in the area of Alicante is superb.
|The fruit from the market|
|Another gold medal for Spain in canoeing.|
The image of 5 year old Omran Daqneesh covered in dust and blood and sitting in an ambulance, after a bombardment in the sieged city of Aleppo in Syria, shows the horror of the war there, a war we are no longer interested in but a war that goes on and kills and maims people daily.
|5 year old Omran, the boy in the ambulance|
It was lovely to have company and after dinner we sat on our breezy terrace chatting until midnight.
On Friday our regime changed. We all agreed to get up early and head off to the beach after breakfast. We were there by 8.15, the best time of day. Below are Eladio and Toño walking down the wooden walkway to the Arenales del Sol beach.
|The two brothers Toño and Eladio walking down to the beach on Friday morning|
|The beach at 8 in the morning, the best time to go - our flat is above the cliffs in the distance|
We stayed for an hour or two, reading and bathing again until we decided to leave before the hordes came and the sun became too hot.
|Dolores and José Antonio on the beach on Friday morning|
|Enjoying the pool after a bathe in the sea on Friday morning|
|The view from the pool|
|Carolina Marin the Queen of Badminton|
|Nick Skelton wearing his gold medal after winning the individual show jumping race for Great Britain|
|Big Star Nick Skelton's winning horse|
|Eladio, Dolores and Toño on the pier near the lighthouse|
|With Jackie at La Marina (Guardamar) on Saturday morning.|
|Dolores at the second hand shop in Guardamar on Saturday|
|The English supermarket in Guardamar|
|From left to right: Jackie, me and Dolores coming out of the British supermarket in Guardamar on Saturday|
We were home at 1, just as the two brothers were back from shopping for fruit and the newspaper. We said our goodbyes to Jackie, hoping that soon she and John will come and visit us in Madrid. Jackie, please make that happen. Ah and thank you so much for taking us out. It was a memorable reunion and wonderful "girly" morning. I hope you enjoy featuring in this week's post:-)
After our siestas and reading sessions, it was time for another trip down to the beach for a bathe and a long walk. We went at 6.30 and it was overcrowded. After all it was a Saturday in August! But we still enjoyed a bathe and a long walk on the beach.
Last night was our fish and chip night. We wanted to introduce Toño and Dolores to "Darby's Chippy" in Gran Alacant. It is run by a delightful Scottish couple and John the husband is a reader of my blog. We asked for normal sized portions and this is what we got hahaha.
|Fish and chips at Darby's Chippy last night|
"Pudding was a mini magnum each on our terrace at home; the perfect end to a perfect day!
And today is Sunday and I was awake at 6.20. It's going to be another great day; our 33rd anniversary as I mentioned when I started this post. I look forward to our celebration dinner tonight at Nou Manolin.
I was delighted just now to read that Spain had garnered another gold medal and this time for athletics. 37 year old Ruth Beitia had won gold in the Long Jump. Wow that is a big achievement as Spain does not usually excell in athletics. Here she is celebrating her amazing victory at what will be her last Olympics. That is a great end to her Oympian career!
|Ruth Beitia wins gold for Spain in the high jump at the Rio Olympics|
Wishing you a great Sunday and week ahead, all the best