|Me in Montrondo on one of our walks this week|
It's been a time to relax and get away from it all. Sometimes I envy the slower paced lives of the 12 or so permanent residents here and I know that when I retire we shall be spending longer periods of time here. We just adore our new house and our pleasures here are simple: walks, meals, reading, hot baths in our claw foot tub, internet and watching TV thanks to Netflix and generally enjoying the quiet life with little Pippa of course. It's also time to be with the family as often we are joined by Eladio's family. This week Isidro and Yoli, their daughter Laura and Eladio's Mother came to lunch on Sunday and on Tuesday we were joined by José Antonio and Dolores whose company we always enjoy.
|On our wet walk on Sunday morning. Even Pippa had to wear her raincoat|
|Our Christmas corner in Montrondo|
|The family lunch in Montrondo last Sunday|
|Oli with the "Manada" out playing bowling with "la manada" last Sunday|
|James Rhodes, a discovery for me this week.|
|Eladio and Pippa well wrapped up for our walk on Monday morning.|
|Montrondo looking beautiful this week|
|Picture postcard like view of Montrondo this week|
|Elado on our long walk on Monday afternoon|
|Bath time for little Pippa on Monday afternoon|
|On one of our numerous walks this week in Montrondo|
|Miguel and Oli on their walk on Tuesday evening by the River Oja in Ezcaray|
|Olivia enjoying the amazing breakfast at the Echaurren Hotel in Ezcaray on Wednesday morning|
|An image from the advert of the Polish grandfather who has to learn English to speak to his granddaughter|
|Eladio, Toño, Dolores and our dogs, Nuba and Pippa on our walk on Wednesday afternoon|
|Pippa chilling out on the sofa by the fire|
|I don't like Time's choice of Person of the year for 2016|
There was nothing but rubbish on conventional TV after the news so we switched to Netflix and watched the end of episode 5 of The Designated Survivor. We now have to wait another week for the next episode as for some silly reason Netflix doesn't want us to binge watch the series and is only releasing one episode per week.
|Eladio and little Pippa in her red jumper on our walk on Thursday morning|
|The stud of horses in the main field (El Bao) outside Montrondo. I love watching the foals play.|
|Oli and Miguel at Valdezcaray up in the clouds!|
|Oli at Valdezcaray|
|Shooter, an excellent political thriller available on Netflix|
Of note on Friday, Kirk Douglas, the last of the legendary Hollywood actors, turned 100. Imagine. He looks in fine shape by the way. I'm sure I've seen him in many films but the one that stands out is of course Spartacus made in 1960 which most of the world from then until now have seen countless times. I loved it and always will. Happy birthday Spartacus which I believe you have celebrated with your family including your look alike son Michael and his gorgeous wife Catherine-Zeta-Jones.
|Kirk Douglas best known for his role as Spartacus, turned 100 on Friday|
|Dolores at the fair in Villablino on Friday trying on a pair of slippers which she bought.|
Meanwhile, in La Rioja, Oli and Miguel checked out of the hotel Echaurren in Ezcaray after a sumptuous breakfast. They stopped on the way home at the Hostal Landa just outside Burgos as I had recommended to them.
|Oli and Miguel at the Hostal Landa on Friday|
|The house speciality at Hostal Landa|
That night we finished watching the 4th and last episode of Shooter, available on Netflix. until they release the next one. As with the Designated Survivor we shall have to wait for the next ones to become available. So we turned to Happy Valley, a police series set in Yorkshire. I loved it. What I did not love was having to watch it in dubbed Spanish. I would far have preferred to listen to the Yorkshire accents so familiar to me as that is the area where I spent my formative years.
I slept better on Friday night as finally my headache had left me but I was awake as early as usual or even earlier at around 5 and made myself stay in bed until 6. Oh how I hate my body clock and wish I could sleep longer.
Saturday came and we would be leaving early that morning. I was up as usual at 6 am with little Pippa. The main news that day and in fact the main news of the week was the disclosure by the CIA that the Russian government had interfered with the US Elections; their goal to make Donald Trump win. That is terrible news for democracy. Thankfully Obama has ordered a full investigation. But I ask myself, will it be on time to stop him from taking office? It's an ugly story and a throwback to the Cold War which in my mind never really ended. The news came from prestigious media such as The Washington Post and The New York Times, yet the story didn't make the big headlines here in Spain or even in the UK papers. Does that mean the world doesn't care? Well I do.
|This is serious news but will anything be done about it?|
We were home in record time and arrived at 1.45 on time to settle in before lunch where we would have the company of Olivia and Miguel. They arrived loaded with delicious purchases from Ezcaray; wine and walnuts as well as turrón (Spanish Christmas nougat) Miguel had bought in Jijona (Alicante) for us for Christmas.
My headache returned on Saturday - Eladio swears it's cos of my diet; well maybe - but a brisk walk with the dogs that afternoon helped to diminish it slightly. I came back to chill out with Oli, trying on clothes I still thought I couldn't get into. But I could to my delight.
Oli was happy to see Pippa again and Pippa was happy to see her and even happier to see Miguel to whom she is very attached. The happy couple were going home that evening and just as they were leaving, Oli played a prank on Pippa placing her in her basket as if to take her with her. Pippa doesn't look very happy in the picture does she?
|Oli with little Pippa in her basket yesterday|
Now I have come to the end of this week's post. It's Sunday 11th December and the day we shall be putting up the Christmas decorations. I have made quite a few preparations for the festive season and was glad to see many of my online purchases had arrived but there's still a lot to plan. Suzy would have liked us to wait until her arrival next Friday to put the decorations up but that would be leaving it far too late. So watch this space to see how it turns out in next week's post.
Wishing you all a great week ahead, I'll leave you now to get on with the day.
Cheers till next Sunday, Masha.