Friday was a wallowy sort of day - I don't think Mateo got up until lunch was ready (and considering we eat around 3pm, that's LATE!) - although I was busy making chocolates for Saturday's stall. Ruy and Romy reverted to children who play together, which always makes me happy, even though it happens a little less as they grow up. Saturday was Christmas Market day and a return home to a delicious lunch made by FR whilst we were away. And then we all sat down in the afternoon to watch a movie together - Ruy's choice - Men in Black 4. Daft, funny and about right for how we all felt.
Sunday, we had decided to go sledging in the Sierra Nevada. About three weeks ago, my beloved mountains had turned white again with the first snowfall of the new season. However, for the subsequent three weeks, we've had nothing but bright sunshine every day and I did think the white of the peaks looked a little less white as we were returning from the market on Saturday - surely there'd be snow still?
|Sunny, sunny day|
We had to leave an ever-hopeful Darwin behind this year. We don't yet have a seat belt for him and it's law that dogs are restrained in cars or that they travel in cages....he did so want to come!
Bright, bright blue skies at home - would we find snow?
(We had a Plan B...no snow, we'd head for the coast! Win, win.)
|Poor Darwin...bye Darwin....|
As we climbed up and up the road to Pradollano, the main ski resort in Granada, there was a distinct lack of the white stuff.....
And then we got a little glimpse ...
Enough to get out and have a mini snowball fight....
Although even at 2500m high there was not that much snow to get very excited about....
But where there's a will, there's a way
|And we weren't alone in enjoying the smattering of snow that was on the mountain sides...|
|Romy and Mateo making a joint descent|
|Can't decide whether it's an optical illusion, but Mateo looks to have his hands in his pockets...|
|All three trekking back for yet another run. Yes, I did have a go - no one thought to capture it on camera (thank goodness!)|
Romy took this photo of the moon, which had been steadily rising as the afternoon went on....
And she took this great shot of the sun and the snow....
|FR and his apres-sledge sandwich - enjoying the spectacular views|
After we'd eaten our sandwiches and indulged in some more of my rather good hot chocolate - perfect setting to drink it - we decided to take the scenic route home via Guejar Sierra, which was on the north side of the valley, facing the Sierra Nevada. It was a very narrow road and felt very different to the south side of the mountain - obviously much colder due to the lack of sunshine, but different trees, including lots of apple orchards. The children kept saying it smelt like England - I think it was the dampness....
Reaching Guejar Sierra, we found this lovely family shop, run by a sweet old lady and her very cantankerous husband. I'd asked if it was OK to take some photos and she'd said yes, but the old man was very cross to hear my clicking and shouted at her! Oops....glad I asked her and not him!
We bought some delicious apples, which I guess came from some of the orchards we'd seen.
There were also lots of walnuts that sent FR into ecstasy - so we bought some of those too.
I was delighted to find such a lovely place - they had a bit of all sorts on offer, much of it from their own land. It wasn't cheap but you could taste the goodness.
I had some big onions too - I love onions!!