Tuesday, 23 August 2016

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 23 August 2016 - T for coffee and grape tart

Hi Tuesday gals! I'm back! We've been away for a week in our campervan/RV. Here it is parked outside our house ready to be loaded.

We went to a camp site in the mountains with lots of trees as it is so warm here. We were parked up amongst the trees and it was bearable. It was a forced rest for my hubby. To make him stop working we have to literally leave the house. So that's what we did.

My postcard for today has a coffee theme:
(I'm going to link up with Elizabeth at T for Tuesday where we share drink-related things  and feature something with a drink in it.)
It was sent to me from Germany. It looks like 1930(ish) to me, looking at the shoes and clothes. Don't you think? Ingrid, who sent it to me writes that she lives near Koblenz, between large forests, old castles and rectilinear vinyards. How lovely!

I've been busy making lots of jam as people keep giving me plums. We also have loads of grapes and hardly know what to do with them. We took a large bag to church for people to help themselves. And brought a large bag to house group for people to snack on. I also made some tarts. (Very difficult in a hot climate). I made a pastry and blind baked it over the bottom of a round cake pan. Then made a pattisery cream and put the (halved) grapes on top and then just glazed it.
 It looks great, but the sides collapsed as soon as I tried to transport it. Oh well, it tasted yummy and that's the important bit.

I must say I'm getting excited! I will be driving to Malaga on Friday, spending the night there and taking an early morning flight to Rome on Saturday morning. Then I will catch a bus to the Adriatic side of Italy where my son will be picking me up. I will be spending ten days with him and his wife and my nearly two year old grandson. So I will probably not join you next Tuesday (unless someone can show me  how to blog on my Android tablet).

That's it from me this morning. Have a lovely T-Day and a fab week ahead!


  1. Wow, you are a travelling gal just now, have fun in Italy, one of my very fave places. Love the old postcard, Koblenz is really a pretty place, too. Your tarts must be delicious, you are brave to be baking at all by those temps! Have a happy T day, and a fun week, hugs, Valerie

  2. So glad you two had a chance to get away, although I really missed you last week. Sounds like a forced break was exactly what your hubby needed. That's actually a gorgeous home away from home.

    Your tart may have fallen apart, but it sure looks good in the photo. I simply can't turn the oven on in my hot kitchen in the summer. I did it twice, and suffered, even though I have central air conditioning.

    LOVE that postcard. Has a definite flapper feel to it. Sorry I have NO idea how to get on the internet other than my home computer, but I'm hoping someone else may be able to help you, so you can join us next week for T.

    Thanks for sharing this lovely postcard and your week with us for T this Tuesday.

  3. I've been to Koblenz when we did a boat cruise! Beautiful area:) OOOH! How fabulous to go to Italy.... What an ADVENTURE!!! Buonne vacazione!!!! And I reckon you're right.... 1930-ish postcard :):)

  4. It is a lovely old postcard, two ladies enjoying themselves over a coffee, it could be the T folk, if they'd had computers to share the moment back then.
    Hope you have a lovely trip to Italy with your family
    The tart looks delicious. Happy Tuesday.
    Yvonne xx.

  5. How wonderful to have that camper to get away from time to time.
    Your pastry looks so delicious!
    Love that postcard!!
    And what a dream to be going to that gorgeous part of Italy-and to be with your family. Have a super time-will miss you next week. Happy T day!

  6. AH...every time you share your camper it makes me very nostalgic for childhood road trips. Someday....

  7. Loving how the grape pie looks. I never had grape pie, and it doesn't matter if it collapsed, as long as it was good to eat. Great post card too, it looks quite vintage. Have a great trip to Italy to see your son and grandson. I bet you are so excited you can't sit still. I would be. Have fun. Hugs-Erika

  8. Thank you for sharing your lovely summer days with us Lisca.
    Great idea to get your husband away from it all for some relaxation and cooler air.
    I bet your grape pastry was delicious as it sounds really yummy.
    Plums and grapes oh my how nice.
    I will look forward to seeing and hearing about your special visit to Italy with your family. An extra treat to spend time with your little grandson. I bet you are excited.
    Enjoy ♥ Enjoy and Happy T Day oxo

  9. I want to join those ladies at the table for coffee just so I can ask them where I can get a hat like theirs :) Happy T Tuesday!

  10. Wow, your campervan/RV looks great and what a fantastic way to escape the heat :-). The postcard is very special, the ladies drinking tea are so stylish, I love it! I made plum jam last year and it's tastes wonderful. Your pie looks delicious, yum yum :-). Wishing you a wonderful time visiting your family in Italy! Happy T day! J :-)

  11. Your tart looks so lovely and yummy, too. Have a wonderful, fun and safe holiday! Pat xx

  12. What a great looking tart. I never have cooked a grape in any fashion. We eat lots of them as it though. Have a wonderful time in Italy. Of course time with a grandchild is wonderful where ever it is.

  13. Ha Ha! Lisca, it sounds as though you will be spending as much time away from home as we do! Have great time in Italy - as if you wouldn't! Your grape tart looks delicious - collapsed side or not! Hugs, Chrisx

  14. The tart looks great... I had an aunt that used to bake grape pies that were delicious. To bad I didn't get her recipe . Have a wonderful visit with your family :)

  15. Brave girl to bake by that high temperatures! Looks yummie!!!
    A nice postcard from your german postcardfriend and best of all - you will travel! How exciting!!! Itlay is such a wonderful place! ENJOY!!!!
    oxo Susi

  16. That tart looks yummy. Enjoy your trip to Italy x

  17. Hope you have safe travels to go see your son and grandson....I know your going to have a great time with the whole family.
    Love the post card, I like most anything from that era.
    Your tart looks so yummy! Grapes are grown a lot around here too. I usually pick them off the stems, wash them and put them on a cookie sheet and stick them in the freezer. Once they are frozen I put them in bags and back into the freezer they go. We enjoy them frozen for snacks.