Tuesday, 18 May 2021

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 18 May 2021 - T for mountains

 Hello lovely ladies,
How are you today? Are you all ready to visit the T-Party? Get you beverage and join us at Elizabeth and Bluebeard's T-Party.

I would first like to show you some postcards. I have some mountain cards. The first one comes from Germany, but it doesn't actually say which mountain it is. 

The stamps are gorgeous. The stamp on the right is Lorelei, which I featured in my blog of the 4th of May
The flower on the left hand stamp is Wiesenschaumkraut. Cardamine pratensis, the cuckoo flower, lady's smock, mayflower, or milkmaids, is a flowering plant in the family Brassicaceae, native throughout most of Europe and Western Asia. The specific name pratensis is Latin for "meadow". Wikipedia

The second mountain card features the Yangtze River Gorge, and this is in China of course. The card was sent from Hongkong by Eden who tells me he lives in a small town near China (Hongkong is not so small I thought)

The stamp is a Christmas stamp (This card was sent in early January) and has Father Christmas practicing Tai Chi and the gingerbread men joining in. The dark part of the stamp is in reality gold foil, but it doesn't scan very well. 
Here you can see it better. (Together with the other stamps in the series).

The last postcard comes from the Philippines. It features the Mayon volcano. According to the info on the back of the card the Mayon volcano has the world's most perfect cone. It is pictured here with the Cagsawa Church, a reminder of the eruption of 1841 when 1200 people perished.

Wikipedia states that this eruption was in 1814. (Who is right?)

Here is another picture of the volcano

There was no stamp on this card, only a machine cancellation.

It's been a bit of a hospital week as Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings were spent in the hospital for various things. Hubby had his chemo therapy and I had my oncology check-up, hubby had his Covid test and we both had blood tests on different days. 
This is the hospital entrance. A member of staff is  checking the temp of the gentleman coming in. I'm in the hall waiting patiently for hubby (I'm not allowed in).

He has not been feeling very well these last few days, but we know that the side effects of the chemo gradually ease off, so tomorrow he should be having a normal day.

I have had my hair cut, now that the warm weather has arrived. 

All of a sudden we are having a heat wave! (It was 32 C or 88 F)I have spent all yesterday sorting out my summer clothes.

Last Tuesday our friends came. He helps me with my photography and I give them lunch and Spanish lessons.
I made a another quiche:
The theme for the photo entry was: mirrors. So I borrowed a pair of mirror sunglasses and we set up on our patio:

This was the result:

And this was the lunch:

Wednesday afternoon we popped into the village to empty our recycling bin.
These things are colour coordinated. Blue is for cardboard and paper. Open the door and the paper/cardboard will fall into a large underground container.

The yellow container is for plastics and tetrapaks. 

Do you have Tetrapaks in the US? 
As far as I know it is a Swedish invention, so I just wondered...
They flatten very easily:

So they are easy to recycle.

Last but not least I would like to show you my jasmin, which is flowering and is giving out the most wonderful fragrance:

That's it from me today. Looking back I see that i have several beverages for the T-Party.
Happy T-Day everyone!


Friday, 14 May 2021

A Postcard A Day - Friday 14 May 2021 - Friday Smiles

 Hello lovely ladies,

How are you all? Friday is here again! The weeks are just flying by!

I have two cards for you today. Both from the USA. The first one is from Savannah in Georgia. The street in the postcard is called River Street and runs along the river Savannah. It is famous for its shops, restaurants and hotels.
Here is another picture of River Street:
This building is visible on the card:
This is also in the picture on the card. It is called Fiddler's Crab House:

I would love to sit on that balcony with a drink and some lovely crab dish, looking over the river. This is what it would be like:

The statue of the Waving Girl represents Florence Martus.
Between 1887 and 1931 she would welcome every ship by waving a handkerchief (or a lantern by night).

I hope you can read it.
Here she is as an older lady, but still waving.
What a lovely story.

The stamp is one of those round ones . It shows a beautiful flower.

My second card comes from New York. It was sent to me by someone who lives in Brooklyn. Of course the card shows the Brooklyn bridge. (Very recognizable)

Again it has a beautiful flower on the round stamp. This time a poinsettia.

After our little excursion to the USA, I'm taking you back to Spain, and show you how my week has been.
On Friday we saw our friends as hubby is having another week off his chemo (Platelets were too low). So with sensible distance we had a lovely evening catching up and eating pizza which our friends collected from the restaurant behing our house. They do thin and crispy, which is what we like.
I had made a custard tart for the first time and it turned out delicious. I made it with bought puff pastry. I managed to find round puff pastry and had a cake tin in that size. Perfect!
The aloe veras have finally been moved to hubby's new green house. These plants don't seem to like the sun, even though they are succulents.
On Saturday we got a message from our friends who had just bought a new BBQ and needed to test it. So we walked over to their place and had another lovely evening.
Hubby cleaned the stairwell that had housed the aloe veras. Now it is all nice and clean.

We didn't do much on Sunday. We relaxed and watched our church services. I pottered on the patio and re-potted some plants. The little bug that landed on my iPad turns out to be a firefly, and harmless I've been told.
The weather is much better now and we can have breakfast outside in the morning. Lovely!

Hubby wanted desperately to have a proper ice cream before he starts his chemo again. (When he has this type of chemo, he can't touch or eat & drink anything cold. I even have to warm up the yoghurt! Yuck!)
Our friend Eusebio and his wife have an ice cream shop and he makes all the ice cream himself. It is delicious!
My favorite this season is the one below: Galletas Lotus. It tastes like speculaas.
The weather has been so good that we decided we wouldn't need the stove again. Hubby took the chimney pipe down so that we can extend the sun shade. The yellow orangey thing.

On Tuesday we had visitors again. We had to cram so much into hubby's 'good' week.
I had made a buffet lunch stroke tea (it was 4 pm by the time we had something to eat). It was perfect weather to eat outside.
My photo club has a theme this month: mirrors. So my friend came up with the idea to use sunglasses and photograph the reflection. Because the sun glasses are slightly 'bulging', it works like a wide angle lens. The result was great. I'll show you next week.

I made chaffles. They are savory waffles with cheese in them. Very nice too. What's in the cup is bouillon (broth).

On Wednesday we had to get up early as at 8 a.m. hubby needed to get his Covid test at the hospital. I waited in the entrance hall as they only let patients in. He was done in minutes and then we went to a local restaurant for breakfast. Then I was just in time for my aerobics class at 9.

After my aerobics, I found myself alone in the house, as hubby had gone to water his plants on our plot. So I went shopping. Our village has a little boutique that I had not been to yet, but I saw they sell underwear, and I needed bras. I really miss not being able to go to Marks & Spencers once a year to buy my bras. As expected, they did not have my DD size, but I found some D's that fitted, so I'm a happy bunny! I also managed to have my hair cut that same evening.
That evening we had a little disaster. My kitchen tap started leaking and when hubby touched it, it gushed! The evening before his chemo. (Once he's had his chemo, he won't be able to do anything for a week at least). So reluctantly hubby (an able plumber) layed down to have a look. Fortunately it was something that has worked its way loose and it was easy to repair. Phew!

I have no photos of Thursday, as we spent the whole day at the hospital. I had my oncology appointment too. (Everything is fine!) Now hubby is not feeling too good and has pins and needles and can't do a thing. So we'll forget about Thursday. 
That was my week. Lots of smiles, friends and good food. The coming week is going to be a bit quieter.
I'm going to head off to Annie's A Stitch In Time and then to Victoria at Rocking Your World Friday.
Of course there will be some funnies at the end. I haven't been able to find much this week, so I apologize.
I wish you all a lovely weekend and a good week ahead.