Monday, 17 February 2020

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 18 February 2020 - T for turtles, wine and stamps

Good morning lovely ladies,
It's a lovely day today and I'm typing this with the sun streaming through the terrace doors and windows. 

I received a beautiful card this week. It is called a Maxi card and the unusual thing is the stamp is stuck on the front of the card. I have a few of these maxi cards but this is the first one with a subject close to my heart. 
It's about 100 years women in medical practice. 

 The lady on the stamp is Constance Stone. She was born on 4 December 1856 in Hobart, Tasmania to William and Betsy Stone. The family moved to Melbourne in 1872. In 1882, Stone met Reverend David Egryn Jones, who had emigrated from England. Moved by the poverty his parish, Jones decided to study medicine, and Constance followed suit. She was forced to leave Australia to study medicine since the University of Melbourne would not admit women into the medicine course. She graduated from the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania, and was awarded her MD from the University of Trinity College, Toronto in 1888. Jones followed her to Canada to earn his MD.
Stone went on to London where she worked in the New Hospital for Women and qualified as a licentiate of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries in 1889. It was her time at the New Hospital which was her inspiration to one day found a hospital that was run 'by women, for women'.
In 1890, after she returned to Australia, she became the first woman to be registered with the Medical Board of Victoria. Her sister, Grace 'Clara' Stone followed her into medicine. Clara had been allowed to study in Australia and was one of two women who graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1891. The sisters went into private practice together and both worked at the out-patients' dispensary in La Trobe Street. (Wikipedia)
 The second card comes to me from the USA and depicts turtles (my favorite animals). It is called 'Perilous Passage' from Animal Kingdom by Charley Harper.
Charley Harper (1922 – 2007) was a Cincinnati-based American Modernist artist. He was best known for his highly stylized wildlife prints, posters and book illustrations. Born in Frenchton, West Virginia in 1922, Harper's upbringing on his family farm influenced his work to his last days. He left his farm home to study art at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and won the academy's first Stephen H. Wilder Traveling Scholarship. Also during his time at the Academy, and supposedly on the first day, Charley met fellow artist Edie Mckee, whom he would marry shortly after graduation in 1947.
In a style he called "minimal realism", Charley Harper captured the essence of his subjects with the fewest possible visual elements. When asked to describe his unique visual style, Charley responded:
When I look at a wildlife or nature subject, I don't see the feathers in the wings, I just count the wings. I see exciting shapes, color combinations, patterns, textures, fascinating behavior and endless possibilities for making interesting pictures. I regard the picture as an ecosystem in which all the elements are interrelated, interdependent, perfectly balanced, without trimming or unutilized parts; and herein lies the lure of painting; in a world of chaos, the picture is one small rectangle in which the artist can create an ordered universe. (Wikipedia)
Here is another example of his art:
 So what else has been happening? We have been to visit the local (Caniles, southern Spain) bodega (vinyard/winery). We want to plant some vines for ourselves and need to learn a bit more and do our research of course. 

The bodega Vilaplana is only a few kilometers from our house, but we had never been there. It is the white  house in the distance:
The almond trees are in blossom. Here we are getting closer:
Here is a photo of the house (business downstairs) from the internet as it was getting dark.

 We went there at 6:30 pm so not much time to see things by daylight, but we got a quick tour of the vineyard:
 And they showed us the process. Here is the wine they produce from the red Tempranillo grapes and red Grenach. (suitable for hot dry weather) The white grapes used are Macabeo and Jaen. 
The white wine is called 'Diez días de marzo', which means ten days in March. It is named in honour of an old irrigation right. Since hundreds of years, the poorest farms would plant vines and they would have the privilege to irrigate with pure mountain melt water (Sierra Nevada) during the first ten days of March.
 When the sun set it was time to go home.

That is it from me today. As my blog post contains some bottles of wine, I have the perfect ticket for the T-Party, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. Are you joining us?

Happy T-Day,

Friday, 14 February 2020

A Postcard A day - Friday 14 February 2020 - Friday Smiles

Hello lovely ladies,
Happy Valentine's Day!
I don't celebrate Valentine's Day (My hubby doesn't even know it is today!) but I've chosen some postcards to do with the heart.

The first one comes from Germany. It is entitled Beach Romance. It dates from 1953 and the photographer is Ralph Crane.

 Ralph Crane was a German-born photographer for Life magazine for several decades, but only lived in the Los Angeles area for seven years during the 1950s. Ralph (Rudy) Crane was a colourful character who travelled with a stepladder and usually had three cameras strung around his neck. He died in Geneva in 1988.
I love his photos. Here is another photo of his I found on the Net:
I remember those three wheelers very vividly. I think they were called Messerschmitts.

The next card comes from China and is entitled ´Love from A to Z´ . 

 The text on the card reads Keeps you close at heart. The stamps are gorgeous as you can see:

Now for my smiles this week.
I had many smiles this week, but I just forget to take photographs. I did manage a few photos.
Here are two collages from this week.

Hubby and I had taken the car for its ITV (vehicle Inspection) which went totally wrong (read Tuesday's blog) and we consoled ourselves with a coffee and Baileys at a local bar.
Tuesday I spent a lovely morning with my friend, who since last month lives in our village. I have been able to drag her away from the building work to visit the market and have a coffee together. (And a catch-up of course. Virginia calls it Putting the world to rights)
That is it from me today. Lets go visit Annie at A Stitch in Time to link up with our smiles. And Virginia at Rocking your world Friday.
I will leave some funnies at the end as usual.

So wishing all of you a very happy Valentine's Day, and a super weekend. 
Stay safe,

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 11 February 2020 - T for shipping lines, wedding rings and beer vats

 Hello lovely ladies, buenas días. 

Here is a lovely cup of coffee for you. The translation of the above is: Good morning! The joy of living. 
Today when you go down the street, give away smiles, give away joy. If there is no answer, give away more anyway.

That is a good way to live. Always smile. I live in a (large) village where people still say hello to each other even if they don't know you. I greet people I meet in the street and I always smile when I greet.

Of course I have some postcards for you. The first one is very colourful and comes from Germany. It is one of those old posters. I haven't been able to find out much about the Germany-Africa line. Only that it was a shipping line, established in 1890 as an alternative to the existing shipping services to East Africa, including German East Africa (1891–1919), then dominated by United Kingdom shipping lines.
 The stamps are beautiful. The one on the right is an image of Beethoven. I assume the stamp was brought out to celebrate the 250 years since his birth (in 1770).
 The flower on the other stamp is Wiesenschaumkraut, which in English would be Lady's Smock or Cuckoo flower.

I am a bit envious of the German postage. They pay 95 cents and we pay 1,45 for a postcard within Europe.

This second card also comes from Germany. It is an ad-card. It means that it advertises something. I use them too sometimes if they are pretty. This one is rather nice too. It is about hand-made rings. It reads: "Your rings, our handiwork. 

Are you wondering which engagement or wedding ring suits you best? We are happy to help you find the right one and look forward to hearing from you."
 The stamp is the usual German  flower stamp. This time it is knapweed.
I wouldn't be here for the T-Party if I hadn't a drink to share with you all. 
There is a story to these pictures. Our car is now nearly 5 years old and in this country every car older than 5 years has to submit to a regular technical inspection, so when we got a letter explaining this fact, we went and made an appointment for Saturday morning. I had agreed to take the car through as I speak better Spanish, and hubs gets rather nervous when people call out 'orders' he doesn't understand. When we got there (and patiently waited our turn) the lady told us the documents I had given her were for a car, but the appointment was for the motorbike! It turns out that our motorbike is also 5 years old and has a number plate very similar to that of the car! In the end the (very kind) employee made another appointment for us for the motorbike, and then one for the car next month as it was due in March. By the time we left the building, it was midday and we decided that we would pop into the nearest bar for a coffee.
 As we had had such a frustrating morning, we treated ourselves to a glass of Baileys, a very popular Irish alcoholic drink  flavored with cream, cocoa, and Irish whiskey.
 The large vats hanging above the bar are beer brewery vats. I'm sure they were there purely for decoration because as far as we are aware this place does not make its own beer.

But we thought it was rather unusual.

That is it from me today. I'm going to join the T-Party hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. Please join us with a blog post that has a beverage or is drink related. 

Happy T-Day all!
Keep smiling,

Friday, 7 February 2020

A Postcard A Day - Friday 7 February 2020 - Friday Smiles

Hello lovely ladies (and the occasional gent),
It's Friday again and time to share what made us smile this week. However hard your week, there is always a silver lining.

My week has not been hard at all. And I have received many cards (always makes me smile that).
The first one I want to show you is by the Finnish illustrator Inge Löök. I love her 'Naughty Aunties'.
Here they are paddling in the pond, apparently retrieving their bottle(?). It was sent to me by someone  in Germany who knew I would like this.
 The stamp is one of the latest German stamps about freedom of press. I shared last Tuesday that it has been designed by Christoph Niemann. He says:
"I wanted to visualize both the struggle of journalists to uncover hidden but relevant facts and the increasing number of journalists around the world who are thrown in jail for doing their work ."
 The second card comes from Finland and is another Inge Löök creation. The Aunties are having fun with some candy canes. 
 Candy canes are something typically American associated with Christmas. I have never seen them here. But they have arrived in Finland it seems.

The stamp on this card is lovely. It has a butterfly on it. I've not been able to find out which butterfly it is.
Now let me tell you how my week has been. On Saturday we got together as agroup to learn/practice our Spanish. There was one Spanish guy, so our meeting could go ahead. It's always fun and I always learn something.
On Sunday after church we were invited by some friends to have a cup of tea. But the weather was so nice, I suggested we go for a walk. We had a lovely walk on a path that we hadn't been on yet. The almond trees have started to flower and that really makes me smile because it means spring is on its way!
On Monday I had to go to the dentist again. Hubby came with me as we would go shopping too. I wasn't long and we had a coffee in the bar right next to the dentist. Perfect!
On Tuesday two friends came over for coffee. I had made up some small bunches of oregano which another friend had picked and given me. Then we (Hubby and I) went out for lunch. The first time since December (we have been on a detox fast until the end of January). In the picture you can see the cold soup called 'salmorejo' which I like. There were quite a lot of police there today. Nothing going on. They were just having a drink.
Then on Wednesday I had to go into town again to pick up my old iPhone that I had repaired. I now have a spare phone. You never know...
I visited a photograph exhibition about Iran (very interesting) and I watched palm trees being trimmed along the high street. It caused traffic chaos but it was interesting to watch (I was on foot)
That is it from me this week. Let's go and visit Annie at A Stitch In Time for some more smiles. I'm also visiting Virginia at Rocking Your World Friday.
Of course there are some funnies at the end (Sorry, I could only find a few)

Have a great weekend,
Keep Smiling,
 The writing says: Don't forget to update you 50 Euro bill.

Only in Ireland.....: