Happy New Year to all!
I'm back! I've been ill since the beginning of December. First a bad cold, then a tummy bug, then a full blown flu. After I recovered from that i felt well enough to travel to Holland to spend the Christmas holidays with my elderly mother. Well I had one good day and the rest of the two weeks I spent in bed. I felt so ill that I paid for a doctor to see me and he diagnosed pneumonia!
Here I am, back in Spain, after a good amount of antibiotics. I feel weak, but a lot better. Hopefully I will shake this bug now for good!
While I was away I received loads of postcards. I will show you a couple:
This one comes from Belarus, from a lady called Maria. She writes that the card shows a folk holiday called Kupala Night, celebrating the night of 6/7 July. That is in the Gregorian calendar. For us that would be 24/25 July. The celebration relates to the summer solstice and includes a number of Slavic rituals. Originally pagan fertility rites which were later accepted in the orthodox Christian church. This holiday combines "Ivan" (John the Baptist) and Kupala which is related to a word derived from the Slavic word for bathing. The latter is reinterpreted as John's baptizing people through full immersion in water (therefore his biblical title of the Baptist). However, the tradition of Kupula predates Christianity. Due to the popularity of the pagan celebration, with time it was simply accepted and reestablished as one of the native Christian traditions intertwined with local folklore.[
Tha stamp is magnificent:
The second card is from Japan:
It is a typical New Year's card that Japanese people send to friends and family as well as colleagues.
The stamps are even more beautiful than the Belarus one:
It's a shame I can't read what it says.
Every New Year's eve I make a Russian salad (potato salad). I include pulled beef, potatoes, eggs, onions , mayonnaise and beetroot. With one beetroot I carve the date and the others get incorporated in the salad, colouring it pink.
I had to instruct my hubby this time as I was ill in bed.
I managed to get up just before midnight so I could wish everyone a happy New Year, but I promptly knocked over some glasses! My mum assured me it meant good luck!
Here I am with my mum (93). I felt like death warmed up and went back to bed 5 minutes later.
I am going to join Elisabeth and Bluebeard again for T for Tuesday, and I'd like to wish them and all my blog friends a very happy and healthy 2018.
By the way, our drink is an Italian Prosecco, a dry White wine with some bubbles in it. Very nice.
Blessings to all,