Friday, 26 January 2018

A Postcard A Day - Friday 26 January 2018 - Friday Smiles

Good morning lovely girls (and guys),
It's Friday and I am going to tell you what made me smile this week.

Today, the 26th would have been my late dad's birthday. I have such sweet memories of my father. I was a real 'Daddy's Girl'. He died (also in January) eight years ago. He was very intelligent and very gentle. A really nice person and a great father to his daughters.
My father's name is Frans (short for Franciscus). The photo dates from a few months before he died in his late eighties.

Just thinking of him makes me smile, so I have included him in my smiles for this week.

Here is my postcard before I forget:
I really love this photo. I bought the card in France when we were there this summer. I sent it to someone who specifically asked for cards of lighthouses. Being an amateur photographer, I appreciate the actual photo. I have no idea how they photographed that. It is too good a photo to have been done by drone. I imagine someone hanging out of a helicopter! Oh no, lets not go there!

What have I been up to this week? Friday was a great day. Unexpectedly I got a request for a birthday cake for a four year old. Luckily I have large trays and decided to make a tray bake as there were going to be many people. It turned out very well: 

Chocolate cake with a soft icing of cream cheese with honey. Lots of jelly sweets on top.

In the evening we went out for a drink and snacks with our Mexican friends at a restaurant called the Venta del Sol.
We sat on the left hand side in the conservatory:
Even in Winter it is nice to sit there at night. I forgot to bring my camera, but it was a lovely evening.

On Saturday we had a cosy night by the fire. It was fiesta in our village and there were lots of people about in the main Street:

I have written about this festival on Tuesday.

Sunday morning we went to church, and after the service we celebrated the 1st birthday of one of the congregation. A gorgeous Little thing called Noelia. 

Big smiles. (I didn't make that cake BTW) 
After that little party we went to the bar for a coffee and Baileys, our regular Sunday treat.

Monday had me smiling because the weather was warm and balmy so I could do my washing. I did three washing machine loads and all three dried one after the other. The first load was dry when I was hanging the second lot out. If that doesn't make one smile!

We normally spend Monday night at our weekend house (cave) but hubby had a lot to do and wanted to stay home, so on Tuesday morning I could go to the market. It is every Tuesday in our village and I can never go as we are always 50 km away. I enjoyed the market and bought dried fruits (apricots and cranberries) and some spices.
At two o'clock we went for our weekly lunch out. So all in all a great day.

Through someone in the photoclub I have bought some second hand accessories, and an older SLR camera for learning purposes. 

The seller lived and worked in Granada and I agreed to meet him there on Wednesday outside his work. I don't drive, so I asked my friend of she could drive me (she did). It is a lovely one and a half hour drive through the mountains. And I could also catch up with my friend. More smiles.
While we were driving I got a phone call that a parcel had arrived and the Courier wanted to know where to take it. It was an order for craft supplies! I had ordered an EZ runner dispenser as a lot of my glues had dried up.
And I bought some kraft paper, which is difficult to find But I found some!

The lady that runs the local petrol station is a friend of mine so I had it delivered there and we picked it up on our way back from Granada.

Yesterday I spent most of the day crafting. I started doing two scrapbook pages, but didn't get very far as I needed an ink pad to stamp with and discovered that the pad had desintegrated. So I checked the others... most of them dried out or desintegrated! Except the Versacolor. They were still usable. So now you know what I will buy in future...

That is it from me for today. At the bottom I will put some funnies. It's all about squirrels this time. The last one is not a funny but just a lovely mama squirrel with her babies.

Have a lovely weekend and a great week ahead.
Keep smiling,


  1. I really enjoyed your post lots of things happening for you this week. Nice to see a photo of your father, that was an amazing photo of the lighthouse, and loved seeing the cakes.
    The squirrels were all too fun.
    Happy Friday

  2. So many smiles today! That's a lovely photo of your father and thanks for sharing the memories too 😁. The lighthouse on the postcard is fab and that delicious looking cake is making my tummy rumble, I obviously need to have my 😉. Looks like you got some great accessories, have fun using them all 😁. Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊

  3. You’ve had a week filled with smiles and it’s so lovely to share it. It’s really good to be able to tell just how well you feel now too after being so poorly....long may it last.
    Annie x

  4. I laughed at the squirrel pictures, we have them in our garden, they are so comical.
    Lots going on over at your place Lisca
    LYNN x

  5. Another week filled with happiness, smiles and memories what could be better. Have a great weekend, Angela xXx

  6. Sounds like you've had a good week. A busy one and eventful. That's always good though. Hope your weekend is happy.Nice seeing the photo of your Dad. Hugs-Erika

  7. Hi Lisca, I hadn't intended to play along with Friday Smiles, but I greatly appreciate Annie linking me today. Thankfully, Sally was one of the first people to be operated on. The surgery opens its doors at 5 am, so we were right on time. They stay open until 6 pm, so they are definitely NOT around the clock surgery, but they do a LOT of business.

    This has been a great week for you. Your father made me smile, too. I don't have any photos of my grandparents, so I envy you of your photos.

    LOVED that cake. I would have eaten it all, especially since it had cream cheese frosting. YUM!

    That postcard is wonderful, and I suspect you are right about the helicopter. Speaking of cameras, you are in for a treat with your SLR. Before you know it, you will have a darkroom set up and developing your own film. You are going to have fun with this set.

    Have a super Friday and rest of the weekend, too.

  8. Lots to smile about. Lovely photo of your dad. The cake you made looks delicious. The lighthouse photo sort of made me shudder , I'm a bit funny about water from high up :-) Have a good week. Anne x

  9. What a busy, happy post. I don't think we ever stop thinking about our parents, especially when our memories are such happy ones. that is a lovely photo of your dad.
    The little sweetheart celebrating her first birthday is very cute, though she looks a bit overwhelmed by all the attention.
    it was lovely to have warm weather this week, and to get the washing done and dried outside, but sadly it has taken a downward turn this weekend.
    All your squirrels made me smile.
    Enjoy using your new crafty bits. Kate x

  10. Ah what lovely memories, the photo of your Dad is a lovely one and I'm glad you've got lots of beautiful memories of him. The cake looks fantastic and I'm sure it went down a treat! the festival looks very busy, I'm not sure I could cope with so many. the camera looks fantastic, we've recently purchased a new camera and hubby is still getting to grips with it. I hope you've had a brilliant weekend and hope you have a lovely week ahead.