FRIDAY OCTOBER 28TH
Dan is so busy with work at the moment, he warned us that he would have to spend one morning concentrating on a bit of a catch-up. Today was that day. Laptop on the naya at break of day and business head firmly affixed on shoulders.
As it’s also the day when we arranged to go out to lunch , taking Pepe with us, I came up with a master plan. Lex and I would take the children to the caves in Benidoleig in the morning, and Rod would bring Pepe and Dan to the Restaurante El Piton, near the caves, for a 1-30pm lunch. Everyone was happy, and Rod prepared for a gruelling morning of hard work too – testing Sir Google and satiating himself with online chess and Scrabble.
So, calling at the town hall in Jalón to make sure the venue would be available on Tuesday for the Borrowers meeting ( it turns out it’s a bank holiday for The Day of The Dead, even though I have an officially stamped paper to say I have booked it!), we drove off to the caves.
The children were immediately taken by the gift shop! I had promised Clemmie that I would buy her a crystal stone, so I was pleased that she could choose from a tempting array of shiny stones on offer. When she saw a necklace made from goldstone, she immediately wanted it! How lovely – that’s the way you should always buy crystals! This is, however, not a crystal but a man-made glass containing flecks of copper and known as the Stone of Ambition, because of its ability to help achieve whatever goals its owner has in mind. It’s also calming – so Clemmie is onto a good thing with this necklace!!
Juniper chose a lurid pink dog, with purple eyes and one purple ear, which she named Emmie, and Monty chose a snorkel so that he could start practicing the skills he needs to become an underwater policeman.
That all done, and a quick refreshing juice consumed, we all went into the cave. I have been here a few times, and know that there is really not a lot to see! The enormous size IS impressive, however, getting to over 50 metres high in some places, with the rocks above our heads appearing soot- blackened from the inhabitants’ fires about 60,000 years ago. It’s only 400 metres in length, but nicely lit, and , as we were the only ones there, the children loved running about, reading the little information boards and making lots of “Ooohs ” and “Aaahs” to test the echoes.
We had half an hour to fill before going to the restaurant, so we headed for the playground and made good use of all the seesaws and swings! Plenty of room, too, for Clemmie to show us her marvellous gymnastic skills! (It doesn’t seem THAT long ago when this would have been me! I could always do this trick., but could never manage a cartwheel as good as the ones Clemmie was doing!)
(I bet I could still do it! I will secretively have a go ……. after all, what’s sixty years to forget a skill like this?)
We all met up as planned for a really filling lunch, and all enjoyed what we had ordered. Mmmmmm !
At home again, they all went into the pool, even persuading Poppa to get into the cold water – only 20degrees !! I didn’t time the immersion – but it was anywhere between half a minute and two minutes!
Normally it has to get to at least 25 before Rod and I get into the pool- so this is definitely the last dip of the year.
Only one full day left, and I am feeling already bereft.