Friday, 13 April 2018

A Postcard A Day - Friday 13 ASpril 2018 - Friday Smiles

Good morning lovely peeps,

It's Friday again. Have you all had a good week? What has made you smile this week? Do share it with us at Annie's A Stitch In Time and Virginia's Rocking Your Week Friday.

A few blogs ago I mentioned fridge magnets and how I would occasionally pick one and tell you about that one. I have picked one today that I have bought recently when I was in Holland:
Rotterdam is the place I was born and grew up in. It was bombed completely during WWII and consequently had to be rebuilt. As a result, Rotterdam is known for its modern architecture. The structure on the fridge magnet is a group of cube houses. This is what they look like in real life:

Cube houses are a set of innovative houses built in Rotterdam and Helmond in the Netherlands, designed by architect Piet Blom and based on the concept of "living as an urban roof".
There are 38 small cubes and two so called 'super-cubes', all attached to each other.
As residents are disturbed so often by curious passers-by, one owner decided to open a "show cube", which is furnished as a normal house, and is making a living out of offering tours to visitors.

The living room of the "show cube" in Rotterdam.
The houses contain three floors:
  • ground floor entrance
  • first floor with living room and open kitchen
  • second floor with two bedrooms and bathroom
  • top floor which is sometimes used as a small garden
The walls and windows are angled at 54.7 degrees. The total area of the apartment is around 100 square metres (1,100 sq ft), but around a quarter of the space is unusable because of the walls that are under the angled ceilings.
One of my favorite spots to sit and have a drink is this:
I came back with a suitcase full of Dutch goodies. One of them is 'hagelslag', 

chocolate sprinkles that Dutch people (yes, adults too) eat on their bread and butter.
This is a large box of 600 grams. I don't eat it on bread, but I use it to decorate cakes. This is last Sunday's cake:
 Now for my postcard. This one is clearly from Alabama. It is a reprint of a large letter postcard (ca 1930's-1949's). It was sent to me by a Dutch lady who has been living in Alabama for many years.

She used some pretty cool stamps:
I do like the little arrow that points to Wonderwoman.... could that be me?  Nah! But it's nice to imagine....

That's it from me today. I will leave you with some funnies about cake mistakes. I tend to think these are intentional pranks. I can't imagine anyone being that stupid....or that cakes are being iced by a machine....

Have a great weekend and a week full of smiles!


  1. Oh the Dutch sprinkles on their toast! It really made us smile when our friends first introduce us to that. Like you, I put them on cakes only and could never imagine having them on toast.....give me my marmalade any day ๐Ÿ˜€
    Those cube houses are really unusual....think I’d feel drunk living in one with all the sloping surfaces.
    Love the misspelt cakes....the sort of thing I could do ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
    Hope you have a great week filled with smiles my friend.
    Annie x

  2. Rotterdam looks like a lovely place with all the fabulous architecture and I'd like to taste those sprinkles on toast - amazing ๐Ÿ˜€. Your cake looks wonderful and such happy postcards too! Wishing you a Happy Friday and Weekend! J ๐Ÿ˜Š

  3. I always enjoy the photos you show of those row houses in Rotterdam, and that is a PERFECT magnet for you.

    What a lovely postcard. I had no idea that design, which seems to be for every state, dated back that far.

    Some of those cake wrecks were absolutely hilarious, but a couple I didn't get. Maybe I need more coffee.

    Have a super weekend and fabulous Friday, too.

  4. i really enjoyed the row houses-thanks for explaining that to us, loved your postcard and the cakes were too funny
    Happy Friday

  5. Hi Lisca, what unusual houses. I have always though that the Dutch are amazing designers and this is a brilliant example. Loving those chocolate sprinkles.....well any chocolate really! Have a great weekend, Angela xXx

  6. Those cube houses are fascinating. the make interesting architecture but not sure it's my style of a home. but it would be something unique. :) Happy weekend. Hugs-Erika

  7. What an interesting set of houses. I don't think I could live in one, but from the outside they certainly make a statement and a definite landmark. I'm not surprised the flk living in them get a bit tired of being stared at.
    I can't imagine eating chocolate sprinkles on bread, but your cake looks very scrummy.
    Thanks for visiting my blog. Like you, we have to take our rubbish out to the big bin in the street, preferably in the evenings, but fortunately for us it is only a few yards down our road, and it is emptied most nights. I also have my own recycling bins that I take up to special big bins on the edge of the village whenever they are full, but I only have plants in post so I have no need to compost my organic waste and a disposal unit will be a great help, especially during the summer months.Kate x

  8. Oh the cakes made me giggle so much, but those buildings are fantastic - thank you for sharing, I will be showing said 17 year old who is slightly obsessed with George Clarke's Amazing Spaces which is all about unusual home designs etc. I hope you have a great week.