Hello lovely girls, it's nearly weekend. I hope you have had a great week with lots to smile about.
My week has been fine. I'm glad to be home after being away for a month. And also glad to be back in the sun and the warm weather.
Imagine my surprise when on Tuesday the temperatures began to plummet, and when we were at our favorite restaurant having lunch (yes, big smile) it started to rain very hard and noisily. When we looked outside, there was hail!
My visit to the bathroom scales did not result in a smile and we have decided to go on a diet as from Monday. Many years ago we used to do Slimming World and we liked that, so I have spent a few afternoons looking through recipes and making a menu for the week, including snacks. We want to do this until Christmas and see what happens.
Today I will make a (long) shopping list. I am not too keen on fat free stuff and diet things with artificial sweeteners, so it's going to be tricky. Perhaps just as well living out in the sticks means that there is not much choice in fat free/diet products.
Let me show you a postcard! This postcard comes from Sao Paolo in Brazil. Most countries organise 'meetups' for Postcrossing members. At these meetings the members write as many postcards as they possibly can to randomly chosen members in the world. Everyone on their table then signs the card. This card is such a card. They had a postcard specially made for the meeting and I was really pleased to be fortunate enough to receive one.
The stamp was also very pretty:
About the 200 year anniversary of the independence of Brazil. The image is of
Dom João VI, the seventeenth king of Portugal He established his court in Rio de Janeiro after the Napoleonic invasion of Portugal.
Although Dom João VI (1769-1826) never ruled over an independent Brazil, historians call him the "Founder of the [Brazilian] Nationality." When he arrived in Brazil in 1808, he opened the colony's ports to free trade with friendly nations, a move that signaled Brazil's first independent encounter with the rest of the world.
It's interesting to learn about the history of other countries, isn't it.
Of course I am going to link up with Annie at A Stitch In Time with my smiles. Did you see her post on the 28th of September? We (my hubby and I) went to see Annie on our way to Somerset. It was lovely to finally meet her.
We were treated to coffee and cake that she had made herself. We saw her beautiful work room, I also met Millie and we inspected the new campervan. (it's a beauty!)
Annie really made me smile when she said I didn't sound Dutch at all!
Here in Spain we are celebrating Spain Day, so today is a national holiday and everyone has a long weekend. I know this is not the case for my friends in the UK and USA but nevertheless, I wish you all a wonderful weekend.
I'll finish with some funnies I found on the internet.