Tuesday, 13 August 2019

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 13 August 2019 - T for royalty, pillows and cores

Here we are again at T for Tuesday, and I am looking forward to sharing a drink with Bleubeard and Elizabeth and all of you who are there.

In my Postcrossing profile, I mention that I like royals. I find monarchies a fascinating thing. It is amazing how monarchies have survived in these modern times. Some of course haven't and here in Spain they have been re-instated, which feels a bit contrived, but hey, we won't go there. My first postcard comes from the Netherlands, and shows the three princesses. From L to R: Princess Amalia, 7-12-07, princess Alexia, 26-6-05 and princess Ariane, 10-04-07. They were photographed here in 2017.

And I don't have to tell you that the next one comes from Russia. It is a photo of the Romanovs in 1913. In the middle is Tsar Nicholas II, The ladies are from L to R: his daughter Grand duchess Olga, another daughter Maria, then his wife the tsarina Alexandra, his youngest daughter Anatasia, their only son Alexei and on the right daughter Tatiana.
It is a well known fact that Alexei had hemophilia and was very delicate. Then tragically the whole family was assassinated by the Bolsheviks in 1918.
The stamp is from a series of State awards in 2018. I have not been able to find out more about them.

I might have mentioned that I bought a duvet cover at Lidl (German supermarket) and bought a single one by mistake, when I needed a double. I then was able to order another single online so that I at least had a pair. I will keep them for the guest bedroom which has two single beds, which can be put together to make a 'matrimonial'. But the single duvet covers had one pillow case and it was a Spanish size. I didn't have any Spanish pillows! Our English pillows are rectangular and the Spanish pillows are thin and long. You can see the difference in this picture. 
  It all depends where the bedding comes from. When my parents downsized they gave me a lot of bed linen, so just to make things a little bit more complicated, I have many Dutch pillow cases and pillows, which are square! Anyway last Tuesday I went to the market here in the village to buy some Spanish pillows.

This is the stall that sells bed covers, sheets and duvet covers and lots of other nice things. I bought the pillows and because i wanted to have a look at some other stalls, I asked the  stall holder if he could keep them for me until i have finished shopping. 

I went to visit the teas and herbs man. I love his stall. He has so many different teas and infusions and also any herb or spice you can think of and many more that i have never heard of.

I bought some chilli pepper and some piripiri (also hot) and some Herbes de la Provence (mixed herbs). 

These are all teas and infusions:

When i had finished my purchases I went to collect my pillows and the man posed for me with my pillows in his hands.

The whole bedding saga has a happy ending because i was able to find the duvet cover that i wanted in the 'double' size later in the week.

The last photo is a sculpture i wanted to share with you. I'm trying to find out where it is and who made it.

The smaller sculpture (the child) is made of cores taken out of the big sculpture. I find it very beautiful and thought provoking. If anyone has seen this around on social media or elsewhere I'd like to know more. I got it on Facebook from an Italian friend, who  has not been able to find out more either.

That's it from me today. I will try to do as many comments as I can today but then tomorrow morning we will be leaving early and travelling down to Portugal. We will be on the road all day.
I will try to remember to take pictures and you will be able to see them next week.

Happy T-Day all,

The eldest princess of the Netherlands was born in 2003 (not in 2007. That was a mistake that Elizabeth kindly pointed out)
This is what they look like now in 2019:
About the sculpture: A Postcrossing friend called Jacki wrote:
It is not a real sculpture. Its digital art by Chad Knight.
He also works for Nike.

If the above link does not work, then google Chad Knight instagram.
Crazy stuff!


  1. Both of these postcards are great, but I'm confused. The two younger children's ages are only eight months apart? The market must be fun to visit and those teas and infusions certainly were great for T Tuesday.

    Sorry, I've never heard of or seen that sculpture before, so please keep us updated. Have fun in Portugal and enjoy your time away.

    Thanks for sharing your postcards, your bedding, the market, and the teas with us for T this Tuesday.

  2. Love the postcards. It was sa with the Russian family being wiped out. The sculptures are amazing, but I have never seen anything like them before. The market looks like fun. Glad you found the bedding you want. Here we have the square pillows as well, but you can still buy ones with the 'English' shape and size. Confusing! Happy T Day, and have a good week, hugs, Valerie

  3. Nice postcards and wow, I love the tea man. I would have a hard time choosing and would want to try different things. ANd who knew Spanish pillows are so different. I like the size though.You could cocoon yourself behind them to sleep if you wanted some bed space. Have a great T day Lisca. Hugs-Erika

  4. Lovely postcards and stamps Lisca. I didn't realize the monarchy was reinstated in Spain (as opposed to it always being in place). It's fascinating to learn about differences between countries, like the pillow sizes. That market you went to looks great. I especially liked seeing all of the teas and spices. I'm glad you found out about the statue (that turned out to be digital art). Happy T-Day!

  5. I am glad you found the bedding you wanted. Who knew there could be so much difference in pillows from country to country? Elizabeth must follow royals also, because I would have never known the difference! :)
    That digital art is very interesting. Thanks for a great T Day post. I hope you have a great trip to Portugal and will look forward to photos next week.

  6. Great postcards-and I love the shopping available to you interesting about the different bedding styles. I would have loved to visit the herb and tea vendor-Loved the sculpture very much! Happy T wishes Kathy

  7. We have the same bedding dilemma in Mexico. The sizes are different than in the U.S. And in the U.S. a standard king is different from a California king. When we first came here, we rented a little Mexican house. It had a matrimonial size bed, which is smaller than a U.S. double bed - very uncomfortable for two tall Americans. A bit later, I had a short hospital stay and the hospital bed was so short that my feet were hanging off the end. I'm glad you got it all sorted. Your outdoor market looks much more upscale than the weekly markets held in our area.

    We just watched a Netflix series about the Romanovs: The Last Czars. It was excellent!

    Happy T-day! Eileen xx

  8. A really interesting post, I liked seeing the postcards and photos of the Dutch Royal family.
    I would have liked seeing the market, such a variety of stalls and good that you were able to purchase the items you were looking for.
    Happy T day wishes Lisca.
    Yvonne xx

  9. I love seeing you postcards! We notice as we travel around a big difference in pillow sizes and thickness too! I'm glad you sorted your little problem and that you also found a quilt cover in the correct size for yourself! I love a good market! That image is amazing! Happy T Day! Chrisx

  10. Love those postcards especially the ones of the Romanovs's. I really enjoy reading fiction books about the Romanov's and peoples speculations of what happened to them.
    The linens at the market are beautiful! And I would love to shop at your market. The Tea/herb stall looks like it would be my favorite place to visit. I am so glad you shared pictures.
    Enjoy your trip to Portugal.
    Happy Tea Day,

  11. I had no idea that pillow case shape depended on country. Interesting. The market looks enjoyable.

    I've been googling Chad Knight. That digital art piece certainly _looks_ 3-dimensional, doesn't it.

    Happy Day-Late-T-Day

  12. Fun postcards and stamp! Interesting to see the current royals compared to their younger photo too. I don't know how you even keep up with all the bedding/pillow sizes! I'd be in trouble ;) Amusing that the digital art had us convinced it was actual sculpture...i believed it! happy T day a bit late. <3

  13. Lovely postcards Lisca, and this stamp is also very beautiful.OOh, yes, the size of the pillows and bed covers change a lot, but fortunately you have found what you wanted. I also like to go to the market, and this digital sculpture is amazing. I though it was real too.
    I wish you a very nice trip to Potugal, enjoy a lot
    and big hugssss,