|With Eladio, Olivia and little Pippa at the top of El Tambarón mountain. We made it!!|
|With the donkeys which I adore.|
|Eladio and Oli (and Pippa) in matching colours on our walk back from Senra on the old path last Sunday|
|Oli and Eladio at El Abedular on Sunday evening.|
|Eladio and Oli walking in the distance. Notice they are wearing their fleeces as it was cooler on Monday.|
|Cooking with Oli, one of the greatest pleasures here in Montrondo in our new house and well equipped kitchen.|
|The view of Montrondo as seen from the top of "El Camino Valle"|
|Drinking water from the well after a very long walk via El Camino Valle.|
|Our apple crumble.|
|Oli walking through the soaked field (El Bao) on Tuesday afternoon.|
|Me stroking the neighbour's horses.|
|An encounter with a bull at the beginning of our trek up to El Tambarón|
|By the birch tree forest with the mountain in the background.|
|Oli drinking water on the way|
|Oli, Eladio and I on the trek up|
|Resting on our way.|
|The view of Senra and Murias from the top of El Tambarón mountain.|
|Oli at the top of El Tambarón.|
|So happy to have made it to the top|
|A selfie at the top|
|Lunch at the summit|
|The mountain surrounded by heather.|
|The recording on my fitbit the day we climbed El Tambarón.|
After our showers, all our clothes went straight into the washing machine, including my sketchers which were filthy. Dinner was a small affair but delicious, soup and salad.
It was that night that we heard the Spanish motorcycling champion, Angel Nieto had died aged 70 after an accident on a quad in Ibiza. He had won the world championship 13 times and it was ironic that he had to die when using a quad. It was big news in Spain.
On Friday I was up with a headache at 6 in the morning wishing I could have slept more. That day Oli and I went with my sister-in-law to the nearest town, Villablino, to shop at the Gadis supermarket and at the local market. At the latter Oli and I bought socks and stocked up on delicious summer fruit, local walnuts and a home made pie. We were home by 1ish and not particularly hungry for lunch so ate some leftovers.
It was on Friday that Oli and I started playing ludo, something we used to do here when the girls were small. And here is Oli throwing the dice.
That night we were invited for dinner to Eladio's brother's house where we shared a delicious meal of tortilla made with eggs from their hens and great produce bought at the market that day. It was a very Spanish dinner and we loved it.
Yesterday I was up at 7.20, very late for me but I was grateful for a better night's sleep. That morning I spent the time cooking lunch as we had invited Eladio's brother and family to our place this time.
|Claudia by the lunch table yesterday|
I made beef ribs and jacket potatoes and also served my delicious leftovers of curry and the last of the apple crumble which everyone enjoyed. Again we spent time talking afterwards until quite late after which everyone went off for a siesta. Oli and I took ours on the sun beds outside. Well, actually we read and were joined by Pippa but soon it got cold and we had to cover ourselves with blankets. Eladio caught the three of us unawares on camera hahaha.
|On the sunbeds reading yesterday afternoon but covered by blankets hahahaha|
|On our walk yesterday|
And today is Sunday, our last day here. We shall be leaving after lunch to return home after a very satisfactory week's holiday here. I don't want to go home but duty calls and we have to get everything ready for our next set of Airbnb guests.
So, my friends, I have come to the end of the tales of this week. All that remains is to wish you all a great Sunday and week ahead.
Next week I shall be writing my blog from France where I am going to a wedding and to a family reunion.
Cheers then till next time,