Friday, 14 October 2016

A Postcard A Day - Friday 14 Oct 2016 - Friday Smiles

Hello peeps! 

I'm back again. We came back Monday from a few weeks in the UK visiting family and friends. I haven't really got many photos as it was a family thing. 

But as this is about smiles and positive things, I can share a really good day during our stay.

We celebrated a combined birthday: the twins' 40th, end of August, one grandson's 11th birthday that week and my hubby's 70th coming up soon. As all our children live spread out north and south, we decided to find a venue somewhere in the middle and settled for Tropical Birdland outside Leicester. We bought a package that included the birthday party and food, entrance to the park, a guided tour, feeding and handling the birds and a framed souvenir photo. We even got party bags. But the weather was foul. 

Luckily in England the children (and also the adults) are well prepared with rain gear and wellie boots. We all really enjoyed it.

We really enjoyed the interaction with the birds themselves. There was an area of 'free flying' birds and we could handle them and some of us had three or more birds perched on their person.

This bird was a little disappointed that it didn't have anything to groom on my hubby's head!

It was my husband's dearest wish to have all his children and grandchildren around him, and that happened. Although one person was missing who should have been there. A son, who was in Washington (USA) somehow missed his flight to London. Such a shame, but hubby had a long phone conversation with him once he did get back the the UK.

Another highlight of our stay in the UK was a stay in our caravan in Devon. We have a caravan which we leave on a lovely site in North Devon. The camp site was due to close for the winter so we went there with the excuse of cleaning the van and putting her 'to bed' for the winter. The weather was lovely, mild and dry, so we really enjoyed the rest.

My postcard for this Friday is one I received from Germany. It was in my postbox when we arrived home:

It is entitled 'The Mechanics', a photo by Martin Langer and released by Nouvelles Images. I love cards made by Nouvelles Images.

To keep with the British theme, here is a last funny:
I hope you have all had a lovely week, and I will see you hopefully at Annie's Friday Smiles. I'm also going to link up with Virginia at Rocking Your World Friday to read all about her week.



  1. That's a great photo of your husband with the macaw on his head. And the funny of the guy getting his head shaved too. :) Sounds like you ad a fantastic trip and good for your husband to have at least most of his family with him for his birthday. Sounds like you had a good trip.

  2. What brilliant pics this week Lisca. Soooo full of smiles. I really LOVE family together times. I've got a birthday soon and hope that's how I will celebrate it.
    Have a great week.
    Annie x

  3. Hi Lisca, I so love Parrots and used to breed lovebirds but it's very time consuming and difficult to get anyone to look after them when you go away so when I retired I let my last few go but I do miss them. You asked me about the workshop. It was run by a company who sell Imagination Craft stuff. They sell lots of stencils and stamps and we were using those. Pleased to hear your holiday went well. I absolutely love the postcard with the dog, very funny. Have a great day, Angela x

  4. Happy Friday Lisca, great to hear a little bit of rain didn't slow down the combined celebrations...that sure is a fabulous pic of your hubby with the parrot, certainly bought a big smile to me and also that barber joke is pretty funny. Well have a wonderful weekend cheers Robyn

  5. I'm glad you enjoyed the birthday celebrations despite the typical British weather! The photos with the birds are fabulous and I'm glad you managed to catch up with family. Glad you managed to put the caravan to bed for the winter as it were, I have quite a few friends that do this.

    i hope you are enjoying being back home, settled and relaxed, loving the postcard and the funny photo at the end.

    Have a beautiful and blessed weekend and week ahead.

    PS My Mum's name is Valencia


  6. So glad you had fun in the UK - apologies for the foul weather - we get used to it! xx Jo

  7. It is birthdays all over blogland this week! I can see that Graham enjoyedhis. The birds are beautiful though I don't like to see them caged. What a shame it rained for you, but that's UK! We are going prepared for plenty over the next couple of weeks.
    The post card is very funny. It must be nice to always have post waiting for you.
    I will be away now for a coupe of weeks, so I am glad you are back or Virginia might be a bit lonely1!
    Kate x

  8. Great that you got to do MOST of what you set out to do. I'm sure the rain reinforced WHY you live in Spain!! Looks dismal, but as you say, the 'natives' are used to it!! And that photo of your hubby with the macaw [???} is a CLASSIC. Almost good enough as a postcard pic!!! Enjoy being Home and in the Land of Warmth :)

  9. Hahahahaha. Sorry can't speak for chortling with laughter over your last postcard hahahaha

  10. Great postcard of the 'close shave' that almost rivals the photo of your husband and the macaw. That is a terrific photo for him to remember his birthday trip to the UK with.
    Hugs, Neet 7 xx