Friday, 22 March 2019

A Postcard A Daay - Friday 22 March 2019 - Friday Smiles

Good morning lovely ladies,
How are you all? I hope you are smiling, as there is always something to smile about. 
I had happy mail in the form of some postcards. They always make me smile. This (rather strange) card comes from China. It was sent by Pinkie who lives in Wuxi Jiangsu (near Shanghai). She says the card shows her favorite cartoon.
The stamps are gorgeous. The left two have what looks like fireworks and I imagine they represent the Chinese New Year (But that's just a guess). And the stamp on the right has two children with rucksacks enjoying a beautiful view.
 The second card is the cover illustration of an old book. It is Punch and Judy (1942).
 Punch and Judy is a puppet show really, but someone must have written a book with stories about Punch and Judy. I went on the net and found a few more illustration from the book:

The card was sent to me by Pranab from India. There is a slogan printed on the back of the card: 'There is nuffin like a Puffin!'.
The stamp shows my favorite animal the turtle/tortoise. I find them fascinating. They look so pre-historic. If only they could talk...

This week the weather has not been so good. Just as well we made the best of it last week. We ate outside last Sunday and hubby cooked some pork chops on the BBQ.
  I had made a salad and we had this with some slices of home-made brown bread. Yumm!

Yesterday was my 'play-day' when I disappear into my craft room and 'play' all day. I did two more Pocket Letters. I can't show you those yet but I'm going to show you the ones I made a couple of weeks ago, which have now been received. 

This one went to someone called Lucie who lives in Hungary.
 The second one went to Zoey in the UK.
But I have not received anything back. They were private swaps (outside the group). So I don't think I will do that again.

As usual I will put some funnies at the end for you to chuckle at.

I'm going to link up with Annie at A Stitch In Time and with Virginia at Rocking Your Week Friday

I wish you all a wonderful weekend.


Tuesday, 19 March 2019

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 19 March 2019 - T for a mail bear, a mail box and a pocket letter

Hello, Good Morning! It's Tuesday again and time for the T-Party hosted by Elizabeth and Bluebeard at Altered Book Lover. Please join us and bring a beverage.

As most of you know, one of my hobbies is Postcrossing, a worldwide postcard swap. I like to show you the lovely cards that I receive, sometimes with their stamps because they can be very interesting.
This card comes from Germany but has a quote in Dutch from Anne Frank.

A young Jewish girl named Anne Frank (1929-1945), her parents and older sister moved to the Netherlands from Germany after Adolf Hitler and the Nazis came to power there in 1933 and made life increasingly difficult for Jews. In 1942, Frank and her family went into hiding in a secret apartment behind her father’s business in German-occupied Amsterdam. The Franks were discovered in 1944 and sent to concentration camps; only Anne’s father survived. Anne Frank’s diary of her family’s time in hiding, first published in 1947, has been translated into almost 70 languages and is one of the most widely read accounts of the Holocaust.
The Westertoren church tower as Anne Frank saw it 
It is a great miracle that I have not given up all my expectations, because they seem absurd and impractical. Yet I hold on to them, despite everything, because I still believe in the inner goodness of mankind.                                                                                                                                                        I grew up with accounts about the occupation in the Netherlands during WW2. My auntie survived Theresienstadt concentration camp (she was only 12 when she was separated from her parents and sent there, but she survived and lived to write a book. She only died recently).
My maternal grandmother hid two Jewish lads in the attic and my mum, who was engaged but still unmarried then, had to walk them (one at a time) at night after curfew so that they could get some fresh air. If they met anyone in the dark streets, they would hide in a doorway and pretend to be a courting couple. Both young men survived, as did my family. 

The stamps are quite pretty too. The one on the left is a water lily and on the right you see  Dessau-Wörlitz.

The second postcard comes from Russia and features a Russian mailbox. Sent by Lena who lives in Samara on the banks of the Volga river.
The stamp is clearly about the World Championship soccer in 2018.
I've made (and sent) another pocket letter. Here it is without the transparent 'pocket'. The theme was 'Rainbow' and we had to use different colours. 
Then we all got assigned a partner. I had requested a partner in Europe as I didn't know how much the postage would be. My partner was Kat from Florida who lives in Malaga (Spain). This is what she sent me:
At the back she had also put some little thingies (as I did too) including a teabag of white tea, washi tape and some fun paper clips.
It all came in a large envelope in which she had added a load of other goodies. 

It felt like Christmas! She has received my pocket letter and was very happy. Phew, it was my first one, and I think I 'passed the grade' so to speak.
The best thing of all though was a hand written letter introducing herself. I was delighted with that personal touch and I will definitely hand write my letters in future.

I have been spending (wasting) time on Pinterest looking at mail art. I found a cute bear image which was down loadable and I printed it on Kraft paper. 

Here is the link to the website of Naomi who creates this lovely mail art.

One of my Postcrossing partners wanted their card in an envelope, so I printed one on kraft paper, cut it out and hey presto, a fun item of mail. The address is a post box, not a real address, so it doesn't matter that I publish it.

Lastly I have bought two new 'teas' at our local supermarket (called Lidl). They are called infusions as there is no tea in them.
The purple one has apple, hibiscus and orange peel, natural aromas, cinnamon stick.
And the red one: hibiscus flowers, dehydrated grapes, elderflower, and sour cherries
We are drinking them and they are very nice.

Lastly, just to put a smile on your face...
Have a great week,
Greetings from sunny Spain,

Friday, 15 March 2019

A Postcard A Day - Friday 15 March 2019 - Friday Smiles

Hello Lovely girls (and boys),

How are you today? Got anything to smile about? I have. I had 'Happy Mail' yesterday. My pocket letter swap has arrived! I swapped with an American girl who lives in Malaga. The theme was 'Rainbow' and we had to use all different colours. This is what i received:

This is the back where she has included washi tape and stickers and even a tea bag.
 In the envelope there were loads of lovely goodies. 

What did I like best? The hand written letter! I will make sure i hand write my letters from now. It was a real pleasure to sit down and read it.
This is what i sent her:

Of course i also received some postcards from my usual Postcrossing swap. Here is one from Russia and comes to me from Nastya. She writes the translation of the writing on the card: 'Nicer books in the world no friend'. This doesn't make sense to me, so I think it probably means 'there is no nicer friend in the world than a book'
The second card is from China. It has no name on it so I don't know who it's from. And I have no idea what the Chinese characters mean, but it's a lovely drawing.

 The stamps are colourful. The one on the right is Chinese New Year and the ship reminds me of Blue Peter ( British readers will understand this).

Changing the subject... hubby has been going to our plot of land (not far from where we live). We have two 'parcels', each surrounded by olive trees. About 30 or 40 in total. They have been neglected for many years and hubby has now learnt how to prune them, so he is doing one tree at a time. This is the overgrown, neglected version.
And here it is with all the suckers pruned away and the top opened up so all the sunlight can come into the middle of the tree. It looks quite drastic, but apparently that is what's needed.

My  little succulent is flowering again!

Those were my smiles this week. At the end I will post some funnies as usual. (the first one is for those who remember M*A*S*H.)

So I'm off to Annie's at A Stitch In Time and to Virginia at Rocking Your Week Friday.

Have a great weekend,
Take care,