Well, hello my dear friends. Happy new Year to all of you . At long last I am feeling a bit better after having had the flu for what seems for ever. Today is Friday Smiles, and health is certainly something to smile about.
We've been to Holland (not much fun as i was in bed for two weeks with pneumonia!) and when we got back there were many nice postcards waiting for me. This first one comes from Germany and has some pretty windows and a delightful pussycat. I would have liked to see more of the chocolate shop though, wouldn't you? It can be found in Tulette in the Provence (France).
The German saying translates: Enjoyment is only a drop in the cocktail of happiness, but what a spice it gives!
Here is the stamp:
The letters 'Gaia Satellit' and the satellite itself are very shiny and really stand out, although that doesn't show on the scan.
The other card comes from Russia. It is The Golden Drawing Room, found in the Winter Palace (Hermitage) in St Petersburg. It is part of the private rooms of Empress Maria Alexandrovna, the consort of Emperor Alexander II. It was reconstructed in 1841 (after the fire of 1837) by Alexander Briullov. The ceiling is decorated with gilded mouldings. The décor is completed by a marble fireplace with jasper columns that is embellished by a bas-relief and a mosaic picture (by Etienne Moderni), gilded doors and a magnificent parquet floor.
Such opulence! No wonder the population rose up in revolution!
The stamp is from a series about uniforms. I can see a date: 1904, but I can't read what it says...
One of my big smiles this week was yesterday, when I felt well enough to start crafting again! My craft room is usable again after all the building work. So I asked my hubby to light the fire there in the morning. I have a delightful little 'parlour stove'.
It is a Wood burner and it made my room very cozy. I spent most of the day scrapbooking photos from 2017.
I made a double page lay-out of our visit to Cartagena in March:
I have since written the journaling on the brown mat in the middle.
Now I will finish with some internet funnies: A wrestler, a teacher and two kittens.
Have a lovely weekend and a good week ahead.