Tuesday, 18 June 2019

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 18 June 2019 - T for secret garden and a 95 year old.

Good morning ladies,
Here we are again on T-Day. There is a blog T-party at Elizabeth and Bluebeard's which you can join bringing a drink (i.e. have a drink reference in your blog). I haven't quite decided which drink I shall bring to participate. We shall see later on. First off is this wonderful postcard from Portugal. It is written by Teresa, who lives in Braga in the north of Portugal.
She loves reading books and recently has read the famous children's book "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

She writes: 'There is a paragraph about living forever which I truly love' and then she has managed to write the following quote in tiny letters on the back of the card:

 “One of the strange things about living in the world is that it is only now and then one is quite sure one is going to live forever and ever and ever. One knows it sometimes when one gets up at the tender solemn dawn-time and goes out and stands out and throws one's head far back and looks up and up and watches the pale sky slowly changing and flushing and marvelous unknown things happening until the East almost makes one cry out and one's heart stands still at the strange unchanging majesty of the rising of the sun--which has been happening every morning for thousands and thousands and thousands of years. One knows it then for a moment or so. And one knows it sometimes when one stands by oneself in a wood at sunset and the mysterious deep gold stillness slanting through and under the branches seems to be saying slowly again and again something one cannot quite hear, however much one tries. Then sometimes the immense quiet of the dark blue at night with the millions of stars waiting and watching makes one sure; and sometimes a sound of far-off music makes it true; and sometimes a look in someone's eyes.” 
The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

I remember reading the book as a child, but perhaps I should read it again....

I am enjoying my mother's company at the mo. She is an amazing lady. We celebrated her 95th birthday.

We hung decorations in the little patio and invited some people. I made a cake  (sponge layer, cherry layer and whipped cream with yoghurt, chocolate sprinkles on top). Mum is holding a glass of red wine, so that is my beverage for today's T-Party, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard.

The friends that i had invited all brought gifts (not at all necessary of course). There was a tray of eclairs, a pot of home made honey, a bag of home made short bread and also some jossticks. 

Blowing out the candles is part of the 'birthday ritual'.

I might as well show you these photos as well. Here am I on the patio tending to my flowers. The large white container you can see is one of the recycling bins that we have (from Ikea) which hubby had just swilled out.

 We had bought a new laminator and here I am unpacking it so that we could 'play' with it.

Mum and I are having a great time. I have no television, so I read from my online newspaper to her as she likes to be kept up to date with what is happening in the world. She also likes sport and at the moment we follow the world championships women's soccer. The Dutch team seems to be doing well. We do the crossword puzzles from the newspaper, I cook her nice meals and help her with her personal care (I do her hair too).

Thursday we are both flying to Rotterdam and I will stay a week there. (Hubby prefers to stay home) I will try to prepare a blog but it is always difficult to do when I'm away.

Happy T-Day to all!



  1. Love the Secret Garden- such an enchanting story. I love the old movie too. Congrats and happy, happy 95th birthday to your Mom- she looks great! And how wonderful that you can enjoy such special times together. She must be very proud of you too:) Enjoy, enjoy and happy T day!

  2. I've never heard of the Secret Garden, but I like that postcard. Enjoyed the story, though.

    Your mother looks SO happy and a bit overwhelmed by all that food. I see she had her glass of wine and was holding on quite tight to it, too.

    Lovely photos of your patio and your mother's party. Thanks for sharing these and the postcard and wine with us for T this Tuesday.

  3. Your Mom's birthday cake looks delicious! And she certainly does not look 95. Your balcony garden is beautiful. You certainly have a green thumb.Enjoy your stay in Rotterdam.
    Happy Tea Day,

  4. The secret garden sounds like a good read-thanks for sharing. so glad you and your Mum are having a wonderful time together. Enjoy your next week-loved all the photos. Happy T wishes Kathy

  5. The Secret garden is indeed a wonderful book. Glad you are enjoying the time with your mother. Happy Birthday to her, what a great age. The birthday party sounds fun and the cake looks wonderful. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  6. I also agree about The Secret Garden being a good book, I have my own copy many years old and still worth reading.
    It seems like you are enjoying having your mum to stay, she looks very happy on those lovely photos you shared.
    Have a good week and trip taking your mum home.
    Happy T day wishes Lisca.
    Yvonne xx

  7. It looks like a really birthday party! And it should be since at 95 your mom needs to celebrate. She looks beautiful and happy. And have fun with your new laminator. Happy T day Lisca. Hugs-Erika

  8. I have been to Braga a couple of years ago, it is a lovely place. Steve follows Nottingham Forest Football club and they played a pre season game there so we drove down to Portugal for a holiday.
    Lovely photos of your Mum's birthday party, 95 is a great reason to celebrate.
    Enjoy time with your Mum
    Jan x

  9. Lovely postcard and great photos of your Mom. I'm glad she had a nice birthday party. Happy T-Day!

  10. I loved The Secret Garden but haven't read it in a long time. It sounds like y'all are having a fun time together :) Happy Birthday wishes to your mom! We're watching the Women's World Cup matches as we can get them and are enjoying discussing the use of the VAR in all of this. Some of the matches have been exciting!

    Happy T Tuesday

  11. Love the photos of you, your mom and her celebration! Looking forward to seeing what you do with your new lamination machine!
    Happy T day!

  12. That's a wonderful postcard and quote, Lisca. I just might read it again myself.

    59? Did your mom laugh at that? The cake looks delicious. I love the photo of you tending the flowers. Both pictures of you are great candid shots. What do you do with the lamination machine? I have one too.

    Have a good trip and enjoy your week in Rotterdam.

    Happy T-day! Eileen xx

  13. How wonderful to celebrate with your mom her 95th! Great photos of what looks like a great time. Lovely post!

  14. I read the Secret Garden as a child. As you said, maybe time to revisit that book. Looks like it was a wonderful birthday for your mom. She looks great and I never would have guessed she is 95. Enjoy your time with her. Happy T Day

  15. Happy birthday wishes to your mum! So glad you had wonderful celebrations and the cake looks amazing 😁. That's a lovely photo of you both! Sending you happy T Day wishes too! Hugs, Jo x

  16. OOhh What a lovely Birthday ´s party Lisca !! Happy Birthday Wishes to your Mom, she looks very happy !! This cake is fantastic !! it may be delicious!! I love your patio, it´s very beautiful with these flowers. Very Happy T-day !! and enjoy your trip to Rotterdam.
    Have a nice afternoon, and big hugs,