Tuesday, 24 October 2017

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 - T for green wine, board games and postcards

Hello lovely peeps,
How are you all? Here things are slowly getting back to normal... well, perhaps not quite as I have my bestie from Holland (and her partner) staying with us. It's lovely having them around, but I'm still not back into my routine.

My friend had been to Portugal. She goes there every autumn for the autumn bridge drives. They spend three weeks playing bridge! Then on the way back to Holland, they drive via Spain and come to see us. She knows I love Vinho Verde (lit: 'Green wine'), a Portugese White wine. And bless her, she brought me 12 bottles of the stuff!
As it is T-Day today , I will be linking up with Elizabeth and Bluebeard to show a drink related subject (hence the wine). I hope you will join us. (doesn't have to be wine).

I wish you could hear what I can hear at the moment. As it is nice sunny weather, I have the doors open to the terrace. There is a large flock of sheep (or goats) passing by below and every animal has a bell. They are all different tones and it is such sweet music to hear them walk past.

Now for my postcards: I haven't received any cards yet as I have recently switched myself on 'active' again, but I have certainly been sending a few from here. Here are a few I have been sending:

 The person I sent the above card to, wrote that she loved the artwork of Alfons Mucha. I happened to like that as well and have quite a collection of postcards with his art.

Baza is our nearest town and this card features the main church seen from a side Street. In front of the church (to the left of the tower) is a large public square. It's all quite quaint and old. Baza is 10 minutes drive from here and it is the place where we do our shopping.

I sent this card to a couple that lives in Brooklyn. They had a list of favorite cards that they would like to receive and this was one of them. I happen to have this card. (I have a large collection of 'New Yorker' cards). I don't now what this cat is thinking but he/she does not look very happy....

At the moment we are waiting for the plasterer to come and assess the job we have for him. Hopefully his quote will be reasonable and he can start soon. We are finishing the bottom flat. The carpenter is finishing the kitchen cabinets and I should really be looking at cookers. I have chosen a granite worktop and some neutral Wall tiles. (It's a light oak kitchen).

We are planning to spend Christmas in Holland with my mum. And hopefully it will all be ready then. (Pigs might fly...)

That is it from me today. Tonight we have planned a games night (as there are four of us) and I am greatly looking forward to that. We will be playing Yatzee,



and a game with letter dice.

 I also have a new game called Ligretto,

 which we will have to learn to play together.
I'll let you know how it goes.

Wishing you all a happy T-Day,

Friday, 20 October 2017

A Postcard A Day - Friday 20 October 2017 - Friday Smiles

Today is Friday and I'd like to tell you what made me smile this week. And perhaps I can make you smile too with a few funnies.

I've started my Postcrossing again. While we were travelling I put it on hold for a couple of months, but now I have seven postcards ready to send. They are going to Belarus, Poland, Germany, USA, Russia, China and France. Two recipients mentioned that they love horses, so I am sending these ones:

Dressage is a big thing here in Andalucia. It is beautiful to watch. It's like the horses are dancing. The other card is Diego Ventura, the famous rejoneador (a mounted bullfighter) practicing in the bullring complex in Ronda.
So what has made me smile this week? Certainly the weather. We've had rain! It rained twice, though not enough. But it's a start. The drought has lasted so long. The soil is hard and dry and crakced.

Last week I mentioned that they were improving our Little lane behind the house. Well a few days ago (before the rain) they cemented the surface. Because the Street is not suitable for a lorry to come up on, they have the cement mixer lorry, on a nearby road, on a lower level. That has a contraption with a remote controlled hose, and then they pump the cement through that. The chap in the photo is just squirting it in the right place.
It looks very neat now. We are very pleased.

That is it from me today. I'm going to link up with Annie at A Stitch In Time, hoping she had a fab holiday in the sun.
And of course I also usually link up with Virginia at Rocking Your Week Friday.

I'll leave you with some giggles (at the end)
Have a great week and keep smiling!

Now for some funnies.... Here are some babies and nappy situations:

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 17 October 2017 - T for Middlesex and cesar salad

Hello lovely people! Here I am again. I haven't joined the T-party for a while now as I have been travelling and we didn't have internet everywhere. But we are back now. It's good to be home again. Good to be in the sun again. Good to sleep in my own bed.

No postcard today from me. I haven't received any while I was away (I put my Postcrossing account on hold).

As it's T for Tuesday, I would like to share something drink related. When we were in the UK we visited many old friends and one couple of friends (C &D) took us out for lunch at the golf club in Farringdon (Somerset) which was about a mile from where we were staying. It was a lovely place with fantastic views:
Here is hubby (with hat) with C&D enjoying the view:
We ordered and didn't have to wait long for our order to come through:
Me on the left, then C opposite my hubby and lastly D.
Hubby had ordered a traditional pie with chips. We can't get this sort of fare in Spain.
The chips (US:fries) were really delicious.
Mine was a Cesar salad, but it was the strangest looking Cesar I have ever had:
The two 'lumps' were a sort of potato salad with perhaps a hint of chicken. There were two bits of ham and lots of anchovis. The yellow things are crackers and the lettuce is covered with a drizzle of yogurt. It might be typically English, but I usually have real chicken, croutons, Parmesan shavings and a special Cesar Salad sauce on a bed of lettuce. Needles to say I was disappointed. So we decided to have our dessert and coffee elsewhere.
We drove to Bath (an ancient Roman town East of Bristol) and visited the Bath Mill:
A gorgeous place. We all admired the lamps as we came into reception:

Further in there were more hats:
I took this picture from where we were sitting:
And to the other way:
Here is a close-up of the quote:
I think Jane Austen used to live in Bath.

I was so busy taking pictures that I forgot to photograph what we had for dessert, but here is a shot of what was on offer in the line of cakes:
The gardens are beautiful. It used to be a camp site and we had camped there with our motorhome(RV) only last year. Here is hubby enjoying the gardens:
I realize this has become a rather long, photo heavy blog post but I do want to share what I have been reading. I've read loads of books on my Kindle while on holiday, but this one was quite unforgettable:

This wonderful book is a  sweeping, three-generation epic novel that covers the lives of Calliope's grandparents, parents, and her own childhood It is a saga with a twist in the end as the protagonist Calliope is born a hermaphrodite (5α-Reductase deficiency). Middlesex refers to the name of their house in Grosse Point but also to her gender, which is in the middle between male and female. The first three quarters of the book is the family saga and the last part is about how Callie copes with being different.
I loved it. It is beautifully written and is 530 page long. When books are that good I don't want them to end. So 500 odd page is good.

Well done if you are still with me. I'm going to link up with dear Elizabeth and Bluebeard at T for Tuesday. Want to join me? Just include anything with a drink in it.

Have a good week everyone and keep smiling,

Friday, 13 October 2017

A Postcard A Day - Friday 13 October 2017 - Friday Smiles

Hello lovely people,
I hope you have had a wonderful week with lots of smiles. I feel so much better now I am back in the sunshine. The British weather was really getting me down!

I want to share some embroidery with you, that our friend Gill Trueman made. She has framed it and it is hanging on her wall. When we stayed with them, I took this photo:

It was inspired by the bark of a tree. Here is some detail:
I think it's beautiful. I didn't know she could embroider and she told me that she just 'messed about' with some bits and pieces she had lying about.

One of my smiles this week was the fact that the council is improving the little lane that our house faces. Our house is built on an steep incline (over four storeys). So we have access to the bottom lane as well as the top street (which is in the centre of the village).
This is the lowest floor of our house, which is still under construction:
It's a bit of a mess now and we get woken up every morning by the noise of the diggers etc.
They are also putting all the overhead powerlines underground. Hurray. In the photo you can see the pink/brown tube where the lines will go underground:
It will be really nice when it is all finished.

Remember the restaurant we went to in the UK with lamps that looked like hats? (My blog 22 Sept 2017)
Outside was an insect hotel.

I had never seen one before and I think it is a great idea. It certainly made me smile!
I have cropped the explanation so you can see:
I hope you can read it.

That is it from my this morning. I will be linking up  with Virginia at Rocking Your Week Friday. (The lovely Annie is  enjoying her hols, so no link-up there.)

At the end there are some funny doorstops that I wanted to show you.

Meanwhile, have a good day today and a wonderful week ahead full of smiles.


Friday, 6 October 2017

A Postcard A Day - Friday 6 Oct 2017 - Friday Smiles

Helo lovely peeps,
Here I am again, back from our long travels. I have been AWOL for a while as we did not have internet everywhere. The camp site where we stayed did not have wifi either.

We travelled on the ferry from Portsmouth (UK) to Santander in North Spain. We had to be at the ferry terminal at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning. We didn't fancy getting up in the middle of the night so we left at 1 a.m. and drove from Somerset to Portsmouth. We got there at 4 o'clock, joined the queue and slept in the car for three hours. On the ferry we had a nice cabin, so we could sleep as much as we liked. (Which we did).

On Sunday afternoon we disembarked

and drove as far as Avila (west of Madrid) where we found a nice hotel.

On Monday we drove down to Andalucia and we spent the night at our weekend home. 
On Tuesdays we always eat at our favorite restaurant  and eventually we arrived home on Tuesday evening. I spent Wednesday unpacking and sorting stuff and washing and drying. Luckily the weather here is lovely so, when the second washing machine load is finished, the first load is already dry and can be hung out.

Yesterday I made the menú for the week and we did the food shopping. I'm slowly getting on top of things. 

There wasn't much mail but I did receive two lovely postcards of vintage dresses. This is a cotton 'promenade dress':
It is American from 1862-1864. The stamps are special too.
The solar eclipse stamps are made with termal ink. If you press your finger on them, they will change color and lighten so you can see the moon! Isn't that clever!
This is a French evening dress from the House of Worth. It is made of silk and dates from 1898-1900.
The stamps have a fashion theme too:
They have Oscar de la Renta patterns/designs on them. them.

I think I will leave it at that. I will see you all I hope at Annie's A Stitch In Time and Virginia's Rocking Your World Friday.

Have a good week, with lots of smiles,