|Happpy with my beloved Pippa in my arms on the cliffs of the Cape of Santa Pola this week|
|Eladio on the beach last Sunday|
|Suzy with her new German friend, Lisa, on a beach in Bali|
|Pippa was better on Monday|
|Thick black cherries, the best fruit of the summer in my mind|
|Oli canoeing in Florida, surrounded by alligators|
|Suzy contemplating the sunrise from Mount Batur in Bali this week|
|Arriving at our favourite restaurant Maria Picola|
|Eladio at Maria Picola this week in Santa Pola|
|Foie at Maria Picola was divine.|
|Eladio and Pippa on board the boat to Tabarca|
|The lady bearing a bare bottom on the boat to Tabarca|
|Approaching the island of Tabarca|
|At the end of the island|
|Just one of the lovely views on our walk around the island|
|At Casa Gloria in Tabarca|
|Eladio with his sardines at Casas Gloria in Tabarca|
|Arroz señoret at Casa Gloria|
|Eladio trying on shorts at the market in Gran Alacant on Thursday morning|
|Eladio buying fruit at the market on Thursday|
|Our hamburgers at the Parador in Albacete|
|Order of play for the Last 16 matches|
Eladio watched both matches and I made dinner for him which we ate while watching Portugal lose. Now both best players in the world and the best club, Germany, are out of the best football championship. Which team do you think will win the World Cup? I would love it to be Spain but I don't think it will be. Their match today with Russia will be the big test. If they lose, they will pack their bags and go home and my only hope after that will be for England. It's nice to be able to support two countries.
Our young guests spent the day more or less partying but behaved generally quite well. Perhaps the worst moment was going into the kitchen late that evening to find it invaded and music blasting. Well they will be gone today and tonight the famous Saudi Arabian family will be arriving. What a difference in type of guests.
Today is Sunday, the last day of my chronicles and it will be busy, with guests leaving and more coming. We shall go for our walk and then I will make lunch for the family where we will be joined by Miguel and Oli. At 4 pm we shall all be glued to the TV, my Father included, to watch Spain play Russia in Moscow under the eyes of Vladimir Putin.
Next week I shall be writing from France where I am going on Thursday for the annual "cousinade" (cousin meeting) where I shall see practically all the cousins I have on my Mother's side, all of Russian origin of course. I am looking forward to that.
No doubt you will hear all about it in next week's post.
So, my friends, I shall sign off now to get on with the day.
All is well, hope it is with you too. Cheers Masha