Tuesday, 26 January 2016

A Postcard a Day - Tuesday 26 January 2016 - T for sadness and sunshine

Good morning, Happy Tuesday!

I am normally a very happy and content person, but today I am a bit more pensive. It would have been my dad's birthday today had he still be alive. He died in 2011.
He had Alzheimers, and we used to take him on 'nostagia trips' where we would show him familiar things  like this boat trip.
My dad was a wonderful man, and a great dad. I was 'daddy's girl' and I still miss him...
This illustration was made by Portuguese artist Fathina Ramos (who now lives in Belgium). "The image depicts saudade, the one Portuguese word for which there is simply no translation. It is a feeling, or more like an ache, of missing something so much it empties you inside. An emptiness that can only be filled by beautiful memories".

Now for something sunnier.... like the weather. It is still un-seasonally warm and sunny here. Yes, this is southern Spain, but in January it is normally much colder. We are eating on the terrace every day.
There I am with my last bottle of Portuguese wine (vinho verde) so I think we must plan a trip to Portugal to stock up...
With a glass in my hand I qualify for joining in with the T for Tuesday gang, (see below for the link) although Elizabeth will stick to water.

Last but not least a colourful postcard:
It was sent to me by Ross from Liverpool in the UK. It shows a wide variety of souvenirs depicting the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.  I chose this card because it has some drinking mugs in the picture which of course tie in with Elizabeth and Bluebeard's T for Tuesday. Please join us with anything drink related at Altered booklover.

I have just read Elizabeth's blog and there is a toy soldier in the restaurant. Doesn't he look a bit like this?

Have a great Tuesday,




  1. Another lovely post Lisca. I am sure you miss your Dad, it is good when one has good memories of home. Enjoy the good weather and your wine, and the great view from the terrace. Love the postcard, too, reminds me of home.Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  2. well, no terrace weather here - though it is mild again after a few days of harsh cold. i really like the Illustration of fathina Ramos - and i think the Feeling of saudade can be heard in the Sound of the word itself, even if there is no concrete Translation...
    wishing you a happy t-day, lisca!

    1. One of Chris Rea's album tracks is called 'saudade'. It's about the Brazilian F1 driver Ayrton Senna, who was killed some years ago. Have you heard of Chris Rea?

  3. Wow- I wish I could be out on my deck enjoying my lunch in January. You must be enjoying that a lot! Happy T Day!

  4. I liked the tall soldier, but what really caught my eye was the metal sculpture crowns on the steps! The postcard is really beautiful and reminded me of my Mom who people often tell me resembled Queen Elizabeth when she was young. It is hard to be without those we love, but it is good to have happy memories.

  5. I'm glad you have such fond memories of your Dad. You've made me think now...My Dads been gone what? 23 years now... doesn't seem possible its been that long... So much 'life' has happened since then...

    The postcard is fabulous as is you standing by that HUGE Nutcracker! Wow! Happy happy Tday! Hugs! deb

  6. The memories will always get us thru.I love that first illustration. And boy, what I wouldn't give to be sitting out on the terrace in the sun having a glass of wine...enjoy-have one for me:) Great pic of you and the nutcracker. Happy T day!

  7. remember the good times before alzheimers which is a horrible illness. how lovely to be away from the wind, rain and snow..lucky you enjoy

  8. I suspect I was lucky because my grandmother was always afraid she would lose her mind like one of her relatives did. They didn't call it alzheimers back then, and I doubt they even had a diagnosis for it, either. One thing I can say is, both my grands were of sound mind when they died, so they never forgot who I was. Memories can be so tricky. I feel for you and know the good memories you have of your dad will not diminish with time, but the sad ones fade away quickly. I know because both my grandparents were dead before I turned 20.

    You have chosen my namesake for your postcard today, because I was named after Queen Elizabeth. I enjoy seeing all these pictures of her that occurred before I was born.

    Lovely to see your weather is so good you can sit and sip. What a lovely and colorful place Spain must be.

    I have a love for that nutcracker. Like Debbie, I also like the crowns, which I have grown to appreciate over the years.

    Thank you for sharing the art, the nutcracker, and your wonderful father with us, as you sipped your wine on your terrace this T Tuesday.

  9. Happy T-day Lisca!
    The Portuguese art really touched my heart, I think I felt the meaning of the word. I was always Daddy's girl too, but sadly both of my parents are now gone.

  10. Cute photo of you and that tall tall wooden soldier.
    You have really touched my heart today dear Lisca.
    Birthdays and anniversaries of lost loved ones can certainly be harder than every other day without our dear ones here with us ♥ I hope you feel your precious Daddy close to you as I am sure he must still be just beyond the veil.
    Happy T Day to you oxo

  11. Big hug, I think we all miss our Dad's when they are no longer here. I love the illustration with the word that cannot be described... just felt. Your soldier is a nutcracker and I have a slightly smaller version that comes out at Christmas. Happy T Tuesday to you! Annette

  12. I just lost my Dad this past May. You will always miss him. You're lucky you had someone to miss so much. ;) Love the illustration. You explained to me about saudade with Karma's crying for no reason and her missing "home". So true, I think. Yes, the giant toy soldier fits Elizabeth's post. Happy T-Day! :)

  13. Yes, the ease of losing one's father....I can empathise with that. Although mine drank too much and had terrible issues, I was still his little girl and he'd do anything for me. I miss that I didn't know him past 48. It is too young to die! So, sending hugs. LOOVE your 'soldier' photo & tea on the terrace. aaaaah! Life doesn't get much better than that....well, apart from a wine on the terrace!!!

  14. I always think of my Mum and my Dad every December 1st - they died 5 years apart but on the same day! The good memories still remain though! Love that you can eat out on your terrace! Happy T day! Chrisx

  15. I feel your sorrow... my mother in law passed in January 5 years ago and it's still a hard month for me. Love the photos of you on the terrace and with your soldierly friend :) There is no drinks outside for us right now...BURRRRRRR!

  16. a lovely photo and memory of your dad...he would be touched by your tribute. I envy you your sunny days on the terrace! and yes, the toy soldier (or nutcracker) does look like the one Elizabeth admired, only much bigger! happy T day!

  17. Wonderful to be able to enjoy a breakfast at the deck in January! You had a wonderful dad - good to have our memories - Alzheimer is so bad... !
    Happy T-Day Lisca!

  18. Thank you for such a beautiful post. Your dad sounds like a wonderful man. I'm sure with time the sadness will fall away and you will be filled with only the lovely memories you have of him. I love the Portuguese art and your translation of the word.
    I think this has been a weird winter just about everywhere. You look very content on your terrace with your glass of wine.

  19. Portugal is a magical country and saudade is our most beautiful word.It embodies such a beauty. What a beautiful tribute to your father, my friend.
    Vinho Verde is so good and I hope you enjoy yourself when you visit Portugal.You asked me about my digital art and I use my mouse to create it. I also use some drawing/painting softwares. I don't use Photoshop. I don't have a digital pen either. Happy belated T Day!