Bit cloudy today after a sunny start and the maid service isn’t coming till Wednesday so we let the kids lie in again while we got on with some work – largely editing, tagging and uploading photos to http://www.flickr.com/photos/stoupaproperty and http://www.flickr.com/photos/casaresspain
We are going with Flickr being the best place to upload photos to, as they feed directly into the lovely little widget Sarah found. All we need now is a photo gallery widget for the photo gallery page but every one we have found requires onerous form filling if your site is for commercial gain. Forms? Nah!
We nearly went to Puerto Banus to see Ice Age 3, but decided time was too short as we had a social engagement last night. And it’s Chloe’s birthday tomorrow so perhaps a trip would be better tomorrow. One of her admirers from the village boys, Habi, brought her a big fluffy bunny as a birthday present and delivered it to the door this afternoon – much to everyone’s merriment.
Our social engagement came about thusly….
Claire is Roger’s wife, Roger being R&A’s friend who has been helping out here, as he lives over the road. Claire is cooking for a family up at a private villa in Gaucin, and last night the parents were going out for dinner as it was their anniversary. So Claire and Roger were having the kids for dinner at their house, and then our kids were taking their kids out to introduce them to the local kids. While we popped over to Roger & Claire’s for tapas and drinks.
The house we are staying in is stunning, but so, also, in a totally different way is Roger & Claire’s house – it’s huge inside and a real labour of love, their renovation project. You can see more and book the house here, via CV Travel, who look after it for them when they are travelling in the winter.
They both told us some amazing stories about how they met (Roger used to subscribe to the CV Travel brochure for YEARS before he met Claire, who worked for CV Travel when they met in Puerto Banus, pretending she was not English and couldn’t understand him!)
They also told us all about their Casares house and how it used to be a prison and a bank previously, the furniture they have shipped in from around the world, and particularly about the beautiful line drawing of a previous lady of the house, they found in the top bedroom when they were renovating it. Face down, on the floor, the drawing has now been preserved for ever and framed, and hangs in the same room they found it.
A great night all round – love a bit of a story, don’t you?