|Enjoying a snowy walk upon our arrival in Montrondo on Wednesday afternoon|
|The multi cereal bread I made on Sunday|
|With our Indian guest last Sunday - Nisar|
|With Reina, Claudia and Dolores|
|My Christmas present from my Father to me: this beautiful dark green velvet trouser suit from Zara|
|Home made prawn cocktail for dinner on Tuesday night|
|Finland celebrating 100 years of independence this week|
|Our ancestor, Mikahail Stachovich the last but one Governor General of the Grand Duchy of Finland.|
|Snow in Montrondo when we arrived.|
|Pippa in her red jumper in the snow upon arrival on Wednesday|
|My little Christmas corner in our house in Montrondo|
|Oli and Pippa well wrapped up for our walk the afternoon we arrived.|
|Making dinner on Wednesday evening|
|The "ramo leonés" I ordered online|
|On our walk in the sun and snow on Thursday|
|A walk in the snow, here with Eladio, Oli and little "Pips".|
|The very moving film "Playing for Time".|
On Thursday evening 7 guests from Vigo (again) who had booked 3 rooms in our house on Airbnb, were checking into our house for 2 nights. Lucy would be receiving them and I was a little nervous we weren't there. I could only hope that everything would turn out o.k.
|Oli buying cheese and chorizo|
|The family having coffee at our house after lunch on Friday|
|Playing Monopoly in Montrondo with my vintage first edition set|
It was raining non-stop again as it has done since Friday morning, while on the other side of the world, in California, 6 large wildfires are raging. The Governor of California blamed climate change and extreme weather conditions. Some 200.000 people have been forced to leave their homes and 500 or more homes have been destroyed and turned to ashes. How dreadful.
|California wild fires|
We were recommended a place nearby called El Taller for a coffee or "mosto" (non alcoholic wine) in my case. And here we are all together around the table enjoying family time.
|In Villablino on Friday|
I came downstairs an hour later and, being on my own, decided to start watching season 2 of The Crown on Netflix. But soon the others came down and no one else wanted to watch it so I had to leave it to watch sometime later on my own of course. My family are not particularly interested in the British Royal family hahahaa. Well, why should they be?
Instead, I played cards with Miguel and Olivia. We played "sevens" called "cinquillo" here until it was time for dinner. I don't think any of us were hungry, probably because we had had no exercise. Because of the insistent rain we were robbed of our daily walks and it was now 3 days in a row that we hadn't got one. Meanwhile, on the Costa Blanca, people were bathing in the sea. I reflected that maybe we should have gone to Santa Pola instead of Montrondo for the bank holiday:-(