|Making home made pizza on Saturday. Cooking and baking are such rewarding and relaxing activities.|
|An image of the huge demonstration in Barcelona last Sunday in favour of the unity of Spain.|
|A shot of me featuring in the Undercover Boss programme for Yoigo which was broadcast again on TV last Sunday for the umpteenth time.|
|Harvey Weinstein, the dirty old man from Hollywood.|
|Puigdemont's circus arrives in Brussels as portrayed by this chaotic press conference he held there at the beginning of the week.|
|Puigdemont fleeing like Tintin|
|The fun moment when our Brazilian Airbnb guest Paulo meets Eladio's Brazilian student Luciano. Europe and South America united in one photo at our house hahaha.|
|My multi cereal bread loaves|
|The terrorist ban in Manhattan on Tuesday night after it smashed into a school bus.|
|The steps to make Lucy's birthday cake.|
|Suzy at work on Wednesday|
|Lucy's birthday cake moment.|
|Shopping with Oli at Ikea on All Saints' Day|
|New bed linen for Oli's bedroom|
|The ex members of the Catalan government as they arrived at the courts on Thursday|
Oli made our day on Friday by suggesting dinner out with her. In fact she treated us to a wonderful dinner at an Asturian restaurant in Pozuelo. Called Carus, it has one of the biggest menus I have ever seen at a restaurant.
|The tables at the restaurant called Carus in Pozuelo where we went with Oli on Friday night.|
We came home to more news about Puigdemont's flight to Belgium. On Friday evening he appeared in an interview on Belgium TV. He told the spectators he would stand as his party candidate to govern Catalonia (PdeCat) in the elections to take place on 21st December. On the one side he says he is the legitimate leader of the Republic of Catalonia and on the other that he will take part in the elections for the Catalonian autonomy of Spain. It's difficult to know what he is playing at. As he was talking, the European arrest warrant was issued. He also said, as he has said repeatedly, that he wants guarantees of a fair trial in Spain. What he wants is freedom and immunity. But that he must understand this is not in the hands of Rajoy but in the hands of the Judges. I found out that night on TV that when he had negotiated with Rajoy before the application for direct rule (article 155 of the Spanish constitution), he had agreed to call elections if it was not applied. If he had done that he would still be in power but he asked for the impossible too: that his status stayed the same, that his money and property would remain intact and that he would have legal immunity. Doesn't he realise that politics and the legal system are separate in a democratic country like Spain? He is trying to tell the world otherwise. He and his cronies have brought this upon themselves. The international media, who don't usually really understand the whole story and have a somewhat sympathetic view of Puigdemont as a victim of "Spanish fascism", have an exception in Robert Schrimsley, a journalist from the Financial Times. He wrote an excellent and tongue in cheek article this week which I urge you to read, if only for you to have a laugh. The BBC, on the other hand, have disappointed me with their bias in reporting and I even saw a Twitter post from them asking their audience to vote on whether Spain was fascist or not!! Franco died more than 40 years ago and there has been no fascism since then but call a dog a bad name is what it's all about, apart from gaining luring headlines.
Saturday came and while Oli went swimming, Eladio, the dogs and I went on our walk. I came home to make a pizza, including the dough and Oli was back on time to help me with the final stages. She caught me on camera too and that is the photo I have chosen to illustrate this week's post. Cooking and baking are so relaxing and rewarding. I'm afraid the shape is not perfect but I must say the pizza tasted delicious.
|Yesterday's home made pizza|
And today of course is 5th November, Guy Fawkes day and I'm at the end of the tales of this week. But not quite. I was upset to hear this morning from a journalist colleague, MAM, that another journalist colleague, Aitor Urraca, had died yesterday, aged just 51, of a heart attack in Boadilla near where we live.
|RIP Aitor Urraca|
The story of Puigdemont turned an exciting page again today just before lunch. He and his fellow counsellers, turned themselves into the Belgian police. The chief Belgian prosecutor made a statement on TV at midday to say they had been detained and would be put before an investigative judge who would have 24 hours to decide whether to execute the warrant issued by Spain. They could either be arrested, released under conditions or granted bail and we now have to wait until Monday for the next chapter in this Catalonian soap opera story.
And now I really have come to the end of my story of this week. But just let me finish today's post by giving you the heads up that Eladio and I will be off on a jolly tomorrow until Wednesday. We will be going to stay at the Parador in Segovia to use the smartbox voucher my ex Yoigo colleagues gave me for my birthday as well as the points I had from their loyalty scheme "amigos del parador". We will have to wrap up well as the lowest temperatures are going to be around zero. No doubt, next Sunday, you will read all about our adventures in medieval Segovia and surroundings. As they say, a change is as good as a rest, and I am looking forward to our little winter break.
Cheers till next week,