Tuesday, 10 December 2019

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 10 December 2019 - T for Christmas

The translation of the above text goes like this: 'There are always flowers in the world for those who have a garden in their soul'. (and also coffee by the looks of it)

Good morning lovely ladies,
 How are you all?

 I am fine and I have selected some postcards that have arrived recently and I would like to show you these two. This first one comes from Russia, and shows the interior of the Arbatskaya Metro Station in Moscow.
Isn't it beautiful? It was opened on May 15, 1935 it says on the back.
Here is another photo that I found on the internet:

And this is the outside:

The next card was sent to me by Alexa who lives in Naperville, Illinois. The image on the card is beautiful, but there is no info whatsoever about the artist. That's a shame.
The stamps are beautiful too. The one on the left is very clearly Lincoln, and the middle one features Illinois! I can't read what the right-hand stamp is about. Can someone from USA tell me please?
I've been taking a lot of pictures lately in our village. Just going to the baker's and buying a stick of bread can be an interesting photo. I have my phone in my pocket when I go out, se here goes:
The bakery is run by a mother and her three daughters. This is mum.
The shop was empty (that doesn't happen very often) so I could take pictures.
These little cookies are called Roscos.
In a recent blog post I showed this photo of the municipal Christmas tree by day. Not very impressive.
But by night it is all lit up.

Much nicer

We also have the odd illumination in the street.
Of course I had to pose by the tree....

Happy Christmas

This got me all in the mood for Christmas and at the eleventh hour I decided to make some cards.
I scanned some postcards I had and used them as the image on these cards.
 Here is a cheeky French postman.

 It was surprisingly time consuming to pull off the top layer of the cardboard. I had to use a knife to scratch it off. But I am very pleased with the results (And I hope the recipients will be too).

As it is T-Day today, I am going to visit Elizabeth and Bleubeard for the T-Party. This is my qualifier:
Here I am with my Radler beer and a tapa (in this case a small dish of paella rice).

That is it from me today.
Wishing you all a very happy T-Day,
Take care,

Friday, 6 December 2019

A Postcard A Day - Friday 6 December 2019 - Friday Smiles

Hello lovely people,
Here we are again on Friday where we can share some smiles. The postcards that I want to share today both have smiley faces. The first is a gorgeous photo of Her Majesty, a card I received a couple of weeks ago from the UK.
Here is another 'Her Majesty'. It is the (now abdicated) queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. The photo must be old as her husband, prince Claus, died in 2002.
The stamps are really nice. The orange coloured stamp is a special summer stamp. The price is 44+22 cents. The 22 cents extra is for charity. In this case the whole series of stamps is about loneliness among older people. The writing on the stamp reads: "Lies (82), has been teaching ballet for 40 years. Thanks. Your students."

I've had a lovely week, and you? Have you had many things to smile about? 
I have this Becky Higgins Project Life app on my phone. It's so simple (and free) that i spend 5 minutes each evening to put together these layouts/collages. I love doing that (as you can see...)

I noticed the municipal Christmas tree had been put up as every year in the little park behind our house. I think it's hideous, but at night when the lights are on it's not so bad.

 On Saturday morning we woke up to a thick fog, but half an hour later the sky was blue and it was then sunny all day. 
I bought a large persimmon, and consequently made a persimmon up-side-down cake with a recipe that I had found in a magazine. It was delicious. 
We held our Spanish language group at our house on Saturday, and although I had baked a cake, one of us had a birthday and another member had made a birthday cake for her. So we had two cakes!
 Sunday was a sunny day too and after church we came straight home and had coffee on the terrace. Hubby decided to get changed, stay out and paint the railing. Good man!
As it was the first of December and because we  haven't put up any Christmas decorations (we're going away), I lit some scented candles.
 Monday was a strange day as for some reason, the power went off in the morning. (They usually don't bother warning us if there are repairs to be done). We have a wood burner so the heating wasn't effected, and I have a gas cooker. But of course there is no internet. So I did all those little jobs that 'get shelved' like sewing my husband's work clothes. He needed buttons sewn on and the seams of his crotches often need re-sewing. 
In the afternoon, on the way to our weekend home in Gor, we went shopping in Baza. We needed new windscreen wipers and the guy in the shop just took off the old and fitted the new ones. Now that is service worthy of a smile!
We have a tv and a DVD player in our weekend home and we watched a DVD: Casino Royale. I don't particularly like Daniel Craig, but he is a good actor.
 We spent the night there and the next day we had lunch at a nearby restaurant.
In the evening we went to a prayer meeting at our pastor's house and there were a group of youngsters there. That brought a smile to our faces.
On Wednesday I changed the bedding to a more festive winter design. (Smile)
When I was at a local shop I spotted this pan. A while ago I dropped the lid of my cast aluminium pan and I'm looking for a replacement. This one is a smaller version of the one I have but it is too expensive. I would need the bigger size which would set me back 48 Eur. I'm going to have a look on the internet and see if I can get it cheaper.
I baked a lovely Dutch appeltaart. I think Annie might have had the pleasure of tasting appeltaart. I made it for our pastor and his wife.
 They (our pastor and his wife) asked if we would like a two-seater settee and could we come and collect it. So hubby borrowed a friend's car (with a tow hook) and we went to collect it on Thursday morning. We don't need a settee, but this one can be stored in the garage until the cave house that hubby is renovating, is ready.
I went to the post office yesterday to post some Christmas cards and birthday cards. We have a lot of birthdays around Christmas in our family. I also collected a parcel. I bought a bag-tidy which houses all the paraphernalia that is in my bag and the whole thing then sits in my bag so that if I need anything, I just pull out this bag-tidy and whatever I'm looking for will be easy to find. Huge smile!

As you see there was lots to smile about this week. I'm going over to Annie's at A Stitch In Time and also to Virginia at Rocking Your Week Friday.
Of course, as usual, I will put some funnies at the end.

Have a lovely weekend,

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 3 December 2019 - T for volcanoes, sea food and mugs

Good morning lovely people!
I have been having problems with power outs and all day we have been without power. when the power finally came back on, there was a power surge that blew our system. So here I am, In the middle of the night. Fed up and I'm afraid it's going to be a quicky.
First off is a card from Germany:

It i entitled: Dancing with the Devil  at the volcano in Fimmvörðuháls, April 010, South Iceland.
The tamps are beautiful as well as interesting.

 Philippine "PinaBausch (27 July 1940 – 30 June 2009) was a German dancer and choreographer who, with a blend of movement, sound, and prominent stage sets, and with performers during the development of a piece (a style now known as Tanztheater), became an influence in the field of modern dance from the 1970s on.

The second card also comes from Germany. It features those typical German cookies that they make at Christmas time. I had a German colleague that used to make them (and bring them into work too.) They are really delicious.
I'm going to link up with Elizabeth and Bleubeard at altered Book Lover.  Please join us there with a beverage in your blog post.
My qualifyer is a mug (without a drink) which might make you smile.
In our language group Intercambio, I help Spanish people with their English. There are so many exception to the rules that it becomes really difficult to learn English. This is one of them:
The weekend before,  I went to Fuengirola (South Spain) for a conference. Luckily I didn't go for the weather because it was awful. There was a gale blowing. This was the view from the hotel. Look at those poor palm trees. I know Elizabeth loves palm trees, but these look rather wild.
I took the opportunity to eat a lot of fish and sea food, as my hubby doesn't like fish. So here was my chance.
Here is another drink, a Radler (Lager beer with lemon), and we were in a Thai noodle bar. This might not seem something out of the ordinary, but believe me, if you live in rural Spain like I do then a noodle bar is a real treat! (Btw, I had rice!)
Drink, drink, drink! (Radler again)
This was the view from our room. The sea is on the left. It is a typical coastal resort. Nothing special. But I did enjoy myself because the conference was good and I got together with friends I see only once a year. (And I ate a lot of sea food)
Here are two breakfast photos. Here we are having coffee in a cup (Quite often here they serve coffee in a glass)
This is the typical Andalucian breakfast: toasted bread with oil and tomatoes plus coffee. Very nice.
Hmm, have I shown you this one before..?

That is it from me today. 
Happy T-Day all!
Take care,