|Heavy snow in Montrondo this week|
|Eladio and Suzy outside the John Rylands library in Manchester|
|The ugly and filthy canal in Manchester|
|Oli filming in Manchester for Spanish TV|
|A dessert to die for at El Gato Negro recommended to us by Kathy's son Tom.|
|My lovely daughters, Suzy left and Oli in the centre with Eladio, their father on the right at Brown's in Manchester last Sunday night.|
|There were so many homeless people on the streets of Manchester, it just didn't seem normal.|
|Saying goodbye to Harry, our favourite concierge and member of staff at the Mercure Piccadilly hotel in Manchester last Sunday night.|
|Oli at the BBC breakfast news set in Salford Manchester last Monday|
|With Suzy at the Piccadilly train station in Manchester shortly before she had to leave for London|
|Our last and not the best fish and chips - at Manchester airport on Monday|
|Pippa having a siesta with us|
|The world's oldest man aged 113 died in Spain this week. RIP|
|Amaia and Alfred who will represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "La Canción" especially written for them.|
Wednesday started quietly. I even had time to make some bread. This is what the loaves looked like when they came out of the oven. The smell was amazing as was the taste.
|The multi cereal bread loaves I made on Wednesday morning|
|Norah showing Elsa her love the doggy way|
|The super moon as seen by me just after sunset on Wednesday evening on my walk|
On Friday I had another very productive morning. I was up at 6.15 and by 8.30 had written and sent the media coverage report on Adamo's recent press conference. As you know I am working on another one now and hope for equally good results. That morning I was able to tick more items off my to do list. I had time too to buy tickets to go to the cinema with Olivia and Eladio that evening to see a new Spanish film called "El Cuaderno de Sara" (Sara's diary). I don't remember the last time we went to the cinema but it's always nice to do so if the film is good.
As I was working I got a surprise email from yet another ex pupil of my Father's from Bradford Grammar School where he taught French, German and Russian. So many of his ex pupils have reached out to him over the years as he left othem all a very positive mark on their lives and careers. I was so proud of him and am so proud of him. The emails he has received make me see a side of my Father I didn't know, an inspiring and dedicated teacher. This was the email he wrote. I will keep his anonymity for ethic's sake only naming him as John. A: "I was at Bradford Grammar School from 1968 to 1975. After an evening of reminiscing with friends recently, I searched for Courtenay Lloyd on the internet, found your Blog, and thus discovered with great pleasure that your father is still alive and approaching 100 years old.
In between all this week and my work, I had to make our lunch. It was while I was making coq au vin in the kitchen with the dogs in their beds that I had to catch Pippa on camera licking and loving Elsa her surrogate mother, while Norah slept peacefully in the bed beside them. In fact I filmed the sequence and uploaded it on You Tube and you can see it here. It's so cute isn't it? Again I entitled the post "love pure love".
|Pippa licking and loving Elsa - so cute|
|The poem on my Mother's grave is by her Father|
|Eladio bathing Elsa|
|Eladio bathing Norah our beagle|
|Oli on the phone with Suzy and holding our adored little Pippa|
|Homemade pizza for lunch on Saturday|