Ever since Aldara told us her mother would be visiting the Unites States from Spain we were looking forward to meeting her. Last night we had the honor of having Nini join us for dinner and a wonderful evening getting to know one another. She is just as nice and sweet as we expected she would be!
After dinner, we strolled around the yard discussing flowers indigenous to both America and Spain.
Flowers have no language barrier and bring joy to people across the globe.
We sat on the patio long into the night as we enjoyed dessert and talked about everything from gardening to politics around the world. We wearied Aldara as she translated back and forth but it is amazing how much we were able to understand just from listening carefully and through gesturing.
It was a perfect evening!
These gorgeous red roses were a gift from Nini as was the abanico (a handpainted fan)
Aldara explained that Spanish woman everywhere use these fans for many occasions. The hand fan is not just a decoration but a trade mark of Spain and an important accessory. They are quite effective when air conditioning is not available.