|The 5 of us reunited at Paula and Pedro's wedding on Saturday in Málaga|
|Oli doing a report on a restaurant that serves insects for meals!|
|Oli in the army hahahaha|
|A selfie at the bar in Despeñaperros on our way to Málaga on Friday|
We were bowled over by the location of this Parador as soon as we arrived at around 2 pm.
|The view of the Parador grounds from our room|
|This was the block our rooms were located in.|
|Eladio on the ample balcony of our room|
It was time for lunch when we arrived so as soon as we booked into our room we made our way to the restaurant, choosing to sit outside as the weather was superb - about 26ºc. You wouldn't believe that Autumn had come.
|Lunch at the Parador on Friday|
|This superb salmorejo was served as an appetiser|
|The two brothers on the beach at the Parador - Toño and Eladio|
|A super moment. On the beach at the Parador|
|The pool at the Parador|
|Father and daughter reunited in Málaga on Friday night.|
|Happy to be reunited with Suzy on Friday night|
|With Marta, my ex Nokia friend and Paula, the bride's boss on Friday night at the pre-wedding celebrations|
|At the dinner for the older members of the family on Friday night|
|Alejandro playing the accordion on Friday night at the pre-wedding dinner|
|The family dancing on Friday night to the music of Alenjandro playing the accordion|
|Suzy with Andrés, the Father of the bride.|
|Eladio and I ready to leave - me in my trusted shocking blue wedding outfit and Eladio in his years' old suit hahaha.|
|Dolores and Toño ready for the wedding.|
|The St. Augustine Church|
|With Suzy at the church|
|Miguel and Oli|
|The groom arriving with his Mother (la madrina)|
Spanish weddings are a bit chaotic and protocol often goes to the wind but on Saturday everyone was in the church when finally the beautiful bride and her Father came in followed by the bridesmaids. There was much attention to detail at this wedding which Paula and Pedro had been preparing for more than a year. I especially liked the way they had prepared the presentation of the wedding rings.
|The wedding rings|
|The bride Paula and her Father Andrés coming down the aisle.|
|Suzy giving out the confetti.|
|The 4 of us reunited at Paula and Pedro's wedding on Saturday|
|With the uncles and aunts|
|With the cousins|
|The confetti moment|
Finally it was time to leave the church to catch the buses to the wedding party venue, the lovely Hacienda Del Alamo on the outskirts of the city.
We all went by bus but the bride and groom left in a vintage car!!
|The bride and groom leaving in a vintage car|
|Eladio and I at the wedding party location upon arrival. I just loved the two "Ps".|
|They even created a logo for their wedding. This is it.|
|Just some of the attention to detail at the perfectly arranged wedding on Saturday|
The wedding party which started at about 2.30 p.m . would go on until past midnight. It started with a cocktail party in the grounds of "La Hacienda".
|The cocktail party|
|The bride and groom arriving at the cocktail party|
|With Marta my ex Nokia friend, both in blue, at the wedding|
|The setting for the lunch|
|Me with Andrés, the bride's Father|
|I couldn't have chosen a better menu.|
|The bride's Mother with her bouquet at the lunch|
|Suzy and Oli at the lunch|
|The first course was lobster, my favourite.|
|Paula and Pedro awarding us with a long kiss at the entrance to the lunch|
|Flowers for the Mothers of the bride and groom|
|The beautiful wedding cake|
Inside the ball room there was yet another surprise. Photos of Paula and Pedro were shown and then a video was played with greetings from all of us. This time the surprise was for the bride and groom who were delighted.
By 9 pm, Eladio, Tono, Dolores and I were tired and ready to go. Leaving the party in full swing, we left in a taxi to come back to our haven of peace, the Parador Málaga Golf. Here I was relieved to take off my wedding attire, especially my make-up and chill out on our lovely terrace before falling asleep in bed watching part of a film I didn't even know was about.
I am writing again in the early morning, the day after the best wedding I have ever attended. 10 out of 10 to the newly wedded couple.
But it hasn't all ended. Today we will be joined by Miguel, Oli and Suzy and will spend the day at the Parador together.
If the wedding had been a long and hectic day, Sunday was to be relaxing. It was also to be a gift from the heavens as we were to be joined at the Parador by Suzy and Oli. Toño and Dolores preferred to spend the day in the city with their offspring. We are much more "country mice" and looked forward to a day by the pool and beach; the four of us together. It is not often we are alone together. After packing Eladio and I settled by the pool which we had practically to ourselves. Here is Eladio swimming in the round pool.
|The empty pool at the Parador on Sunday|
|In the pool at the Parador with my girlies on Sunday|
|A lovely relaxing and delicious lunch with Oli, Suzy and Eladio at the Parador on Sunday|
|Suzy and I skinny dipping at the beach in Málaga on Sunday, what a wonderful feeling!|
We were to laugh even more, not long afterwards. As we were leaving the Parador, after checking out, the girls went ahead of us. They walked right through a group of British men golfers standing and I noticed how their eyes goggled at the sight of my beautiful girls. I couldn't resist saying to them: "Nice sight eh?" to which they replied "oh yes". I then laughed and proudly told them they were my daughters. As we got to the car I told the girls what had happened. Oli swore to apologise to the golfers on the way back into the Parador where they would spend more time until their train and flight and explain that their Mother was undergoing psychiatric treatment. I laughed till I cried as we left in the car to drive back to Madrid.
It was a long journey back; longer than on the way out as most of the journey was in the black of the night. We stopped for dinner at Despeñaperros at a great roadside restaurant and hotel called Alfonso VIII. We didn't get home until 1 in the morning. I went straight to bed with little Pippa who had missed us enormously.
It had been a grand weekend and the best wedding ever. Thanks Paula and Pedro and Pili and Andrés for uniting us all in Málaga and for reuniting me with my whole family. You can see all the photos I took at the weekend in two separate albums: 1) The journey and pre wedding celebrations 2) the wedding day
Monday was a real anti climax after the excitement of the weekend. It was like coming back to real life after being inside a Hollywood movie or similar.
Oli was the only one going back inside a movie or rather a TV programme. That morning for her new programme, Mi Cámara y Yo, she did a piece on Egyptian mummies and other necrophiliac things at an anthropological, forensic and criminal science musuem in the medical faculty of the Complutense University. She sent us this rather macrabe photo with a skull or rather skulls. It is run by a prestigious forensic doctor who does it as a hobby.
|A photo of Oli filming a rather macabre piece for television on Monday morning|
|Promotion for the new programme, Mi Cámara y Yo, for which Oli is one of the 2 street reporters.|
|The espadrilles from Paula and Pedro's wedding.|
Thus on Wednesday morning I had breakfast with her. Pippa did too, or rather she sat in Oli's arms at the kitchen table.
|Breakfast with Oli and Pippa|
|Oli and her colleague, Amaya Rey, the other reporter for the programme, being filmed for the web promotion|
|Bea showing me the showroom of Q-Shop|
On Friday she spent most of the day in a photo shoot together with her new colleague, Amaya. They are both the lead reporters for Mi Cámara y Yo and will be doing the weekly reports alternately. You see it takes at least 2 weeks to make just one.
|Olivia during Friday's photo shoot.|
|Here with her fellow lead reporter during Friday's photo shoot|
|Oli coming out of a tank, one of the ads to publicise the new programmee hahaha.|
The weather was good again as it has been all week. It seems as though the summer doesn't want to go. I even bathed in the pool after our walk yesterday. I have to admit the water was freezing.
That morning I wore a lovely bangle that my friend Irene had given to me when they visited us in Montrondo. I love it. It reminds me of India.
|The lovely bangle Irene gave me and which I wore for the first time on Friday|
And today is Saturday and the 10th anniversary of my job with Yoigo.
|It's 10 years today at Yoigo.|
On a much sadder note today is the 17th annivesary of the passing away of my Mother.
|My amazing Mother in the mid 90's|
It's now the weekend and I shall leave off here to enjoy the time with Eladio and Olivia. We have been invited to lunch today by Gerardo and the rest of my "Spanish family" but of course I shall be telling you all about that in next week's post.
Meanwhile my friends, enjoy your weekend.
Cheers till next time/Masha