|With my best friends, Julio and Fátima who came for lunch on Tuesday|
|Oli with the pastor of the German church in Madrid on Sunday|
|Oli skiing on Tuesday|
|A screeenshot of my website now available in both English and Spanish. Updating it is very addictive a bit like playing with a favourite toy.|
|Julio and Fátima|
On Wednesday I worked from home which is now my official office. In that way nothing has really changed since I left Yoigo. I took a break just before lunch to go with Eladio to the main department store here, El Corté Inglés, to buy 2 pairs of bottom sheets for our king size bed. The old ones have holes in them and I seem to be the culprit, although I don't know why hahaha. That afternoon I gave my second conversation lesson in English to my new "pupil", a neighbour called Carmen. Afterwards I went on my second hour long walk of the day, accompanied by little Pippa. On the walk I rang Suzy and we had a long chat; mostly catching up on our lives. It was nice to hear she's happy working for the NHS as all you read in the British press are negative things about the British health system.
But the biggest news on Wednesday came from the NASA in the US. I'm not into astronomy but even I was impressed to hear scientists had discovered there is a new solar system. It has 7 planets similar to earth and it even has water on 3 of them which shows they could be inhabited. It is called Trappist I think. So, the search for alien life is on. It will take a while I imagine as I heard the new planets are 39 light years away. I wondered whether that meant it would take 39 years to travel there. Actually it seems I am right but you would have to travel at the speed of light hahaha. I looked it up in a science magazine and this is what it says: "TRAPPIST-1 is 39 light-years away from Earth, or about 229 trillion miles (369 trillion kilometers). It would take 39 years to get there traveling at the speed of light. But no spacecraft ever built can travel anywhere near that fast". Well no one will do it in my life time for sure. But yes, it was big news; "astronomical" news in fact.
|The new solar system.|
They may not do that in my lifetime but I have a feeling instant travel on earth is coming some time in the much nearer future. As part of what is called the 4th generation industry, which we are on the brink of, there is a technology called "hyperloop". Hyperloop is the transport of the future, first in trains. This week I heard there were plans for a hyperloop (sort of tube like the ones we see in some establishments to carry money up and down floors) train that could transport people, goods and cars from Madrid to Tangiers in just one hour. Just think what that could bring and mean to people. One day, when I am no longer here, maybe one of my granddaughters will be reading this prose and laugh as she is already using instant or hyperloop transport to see all corners of the world in no time. Sorry for the ramblings.
On Thursday I weighed myself and was down to 57.7 Kgs. When I told Suzy I was losing more weight on my supposed "maintenance" diet, she said it was probably because of my exercise, 2 x 1 hour long walks a day. So I decided to "up" the quantity of milk and fruit a bit at breakfast. Let's see what happens from now on.
That morning I continued work on my website. It's becoming a bit of an obsession as I could carry on working on it forever, adding and changing content, etc. Now my CV and website match thanks to the great photo of me with the giant blue phone. And my dear events agency, QuintaEsencia, have made me matching visiting cards too which I love. The front is with my picture on a white background and the back is in turquoise matching the colour of the phone. They are so cool and will come in handy for my trip to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
|The front side of my new visiting cards. They are so cool.|
|Iñaki Urdangarin got a "get out of jail free card" on Thursday.|
On Friday morning I weighed myself out of interest after having increased my milk and fruit intake the day before and was surprised that even so I had lost more weight and was down to 73.3 kilos. There and then I skipped on my oat bran porridge and made toast from a roll of brown bread spread with low fat butter. Oh it was delicious. On Friday I would be looking forward to dinner out as one of the 2 meals or so I am allowed to break my maintenance diet. Most of all I was looking forward to a glass of wine and dessert!
Eladio joined me on my first walk of the day on Friday morning. I would do my second one later. Funnily enough it was very foggy although the sun would make its appearance at midday. And here we are; the "walking couple", in a selfie I took for the girls but it's also for you.
|Eladio joined me on my morning walk on Friday|
We came back to find the gardeners Eladio had hired, shearing the hedges. It would take 3 able South American workers one whole day to do the whole job in. It's a job I persuaded Eladio not to do on his own this year thank goodness.
|Eladio talking to one of the hedge shearers on Friday morning.|
As I get up so early these days, I have taken to enjoying a short siesta after lunch with Eladio. Pippa always joins us which is so funny. Here she is about to settle down for that lovely Spanish tradition, lying at the end of our bed.
|Pippa who always joins us when taking a siesta after lunch.|
|The garden on Friday in the throes of tree pruning and hedge shearing.|
|The book my Father is currently reading is Immensee by Theodor Storm and he is reading it in German Gothic script. He bought in in 1938 when he was just 19!|
Saturday morning was a bit of a rush. After my walk I came home to get ready to go out again, this time to do the weekly food shopping with Eladio. Home again, I left him to unpack it all and put it away and went out yet again. I was to meet Gloria and Ramón in Pozuelo, yes at Starbucks in the Corté Inglés, where she would be bringing me the freshly printed visiting cards. They are so nice and I am very grateful to QuintaEsencia. Thanks girls.
|My new visiting cards by QuintaEsencia, freshly printed.|
Bye till next time,