Friday, 19 October 2018

A Postcard A Day - Friday 19 October 2018 - Friday Smiles

Hello lovely ladies!, Are you sitting comfortably? What's more: are you smiling? I hope you are because I am going to link up with Annie at A Stitch In Time with her blog Friday Smiles.

My mailbox was happy this week (and I too of course) as it received several postcards. I will show you two today.
The first one comes from Belgium and features a 19th century painting by C.C.Stanfield. It is the Belgian town of Dinant. Dinant is in the French speaking part of Belgium (Wallonia) in the south of the country. We have driven through Dinant several times (which is a nightmare). But the town itself is well worth a visit if you ever are in the area. 

The bridge on the painting is no more. Neither is that building on the right, but the church in the middle is still there.
In place of the old bridge is the main Charles de Gaulle Bridge. You might remember he was president of France. I seem to remember the bridge was named after him because he was the first soldier to be wounded on the bridge in the battle of Dinant (WWI). De Gaulle was a lieutenant then.

  Fun fact – Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone, is from Dinant. That’s why the entire main bridge is lined with saxophones in this post’s first photo! Each saxophone is meant to represent an EU country. The giant, life-sized saxophones aren’t just on the bridge – they’re also located all around the city. A really awesome tribute to Adolphe Sax!

And here is the stamp:

 My next card comes from Germany (Yes, I know it says Greece on the card). It was sent by Mascha. She had read that I love doors and windows and she had found this card when she was on holiday in Greece.

And the stamp is a floral one. You might recognise the flower as being St John's Wort.
I'm sorry the scan seems to be out of focus.

Upwards and onwards. While on the theme of the door, I'd like to share a few photos of a door in Alfaro (see Tuesday's blog). This first one was inside the church of Michael the Archangel.
 Look at this amazing ironwork. Strangely they have also added a piddly little bolt with a small padlock. (For such a huge door? I ask you!)
 This door was a private house in a normal street. The house was new(ish) and I am sure the door is modern, made in the old style. Nice quality piece. There are some very clever carpenters around.
That is it from me today. As usual I shall leave you with some funnies I have picked up from the internet. They made me smile. The last one should have the notice added:"No animals were harmed in the making of this photo"

Have a great weekend,
Keep smiling,


  1. I read your blog first thing and left you a comment using my ipad but I had my doubts it had posted...and it hadn't so here I am now on the lap top trying again :-) You're worth it my friend.
    I really love crafts using wood so those doors really made me smile as did your funnies this week but I think that bolt and padlock really topped it.
    I giggled at your comment about having a telly in the motor home....the first thing I did was to put playing cards and other games in the van but hubby ordered a telly and set it up straight away...I call him gadget man at times :-)
    Annie x

  2. How cool to have a photo of the present bridge and that beautiful church to compare to the postcard. And I must say your funny card about alcohol and chemists was my favorite. Being a biology person and rather geeky science lady, it was right up my alley. Happy weekend. Hugs-Erika

  3. Hi Lisca, really enjoyed seeing the postcards and loved the contrast between the old and present day bridges - the saxophones are fabulous. The funnies did make me smile - especially the signs to the secret bunkers ... we have a few of these in the UK. I used to work in one during the Cold War period and it makes me chuckle to see them advertised as places for tourists to visit. Have a great weekend. Elizabeth xx

  4. I love the doors. There are so many wonderful ones around here. What a shame to put that silly little modern padlock on such a beautiful one though.
    Your funnies always make me smile, and the expressions on the faces of the two cats in the last one are priceless. Kate x

  5. I apologize for visiting so late, but this was the first time I felt good enough to get out of bed.

    I loved the bridge, the first one and what it looks like now. Great homage to Sax. Wonderful doors, too. Such beauty in the wood and craftsmanship.

    That community center is SO funny to see. I bet people drive by just to see what their clever sign poster comes up with next. Hope you have a great rest of the weekend, dear.

  6. A lovely post, I too have a love of doors, not sure if you were joining us this week as you hadn't mentioned it in your post - off to check.

    Loving the postcards as always!

    I hope you've had a splendid weekend and week ahead.


  7. Hi Lisca, so sorry I'm late visiting. I'm not getting notification again of the blog comments and only realised yesterday so trying to catch up with the comments I've missed. I especially love the iron work on that door, it's gorgeous and the secret bunker sign is great. Have a lovely week. Hugs, Angela xXx