Tuesday, 20 August 2019

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 20 August 2019 - T for Isabel's tea room and a random letter

Hello lovely peeps,
We are back from the Algarve (Portugal). And I'm joining Elizabeth and Bleubeard's T-party with images from there. More about that later.

Lets have a look at my postcards:
It reads:
Get a dictionary.
- The first word of your letter must be chosen from page 48.
- The fifth word of your letter must be chosen from page 10.
- The twelfth word of your letter must be chosen from page 100.
- The eighteenth word of your letter must be chosen from page 25.

The above card came to me from Canada. Written by a Chinese (girl, I assume) who is studying in Halifax. She hopes I will enjoy playing the game of words on the card. Well, I might just do that. But who am I going to send the letter to?

The stamps are gorgeous. The stamp with HM the queen is lovely. She is smiling. The stamp on the right has an unusual subject: covered bridges. I have never seen a covered bridge, but Canada must have several otherwise they wouldn't have a stamp series about them.

I found some info:
Red Bridge
The bridge is known as Similkameen River Bridge No. 6 at mile 163.8 on the Great Northern Railway’s Cascade Division.  It is 942 feet long.  The bridge is called a “through timber trusspan” with three spans involved in this particular bridge. It was built by Victoria, Vancouver and Eastern Railroad (V.V. and E) in 1907, during the gold mining era. Train service began in December 1909. The railway put an end to horse drawn freight service and led to renewed prosperity at Hedley. The Kettle Valley line was completed between Penticton and Princeton in 1915 and through the Coquihalla to Hope in 1916.
The Red Bridge spans the Similkameen River and is an integral reminder of the bygone time when the V.V. and E. Railway ran up the valley.  This line has been abandoned for many years.  The Red Bridge is used as a highway bridge to the south side of the river and to the Ashnola.  It serves as a passage to the world-renowned Cathedral Lakes Park.
Heritage Value
The Red Bridge is the last of three such structures which could be seen in the lower valley only a decade ago. The Red Bridge is one of the only bridges of this type in Western Canada. In greater Canada, the Red Bridge is one of the only covered bridges that remains standing and is still in use by public and industry. The Red Bridge is one of the last historic standing structures in the Similkameen.
Character-Defining Elements                                                                   The Red Bridge is unique in that its timber structure is enclosed with red painted board sheathing to protect the wood from the elements, and as a result protection from dryness and/or wetness and rotting.  

The next card comes from Germany. It is artwork by Valeria Docampo and is called ' Im Garten des Putschblumen'.

Valeria is an Argentinian illustrator who now lives in France and specializes in children's books. Here is a link to some of her work.
I don't think Putchblumen exist. At least I am not familiar with that word. Perhaps some of our German speaking friends might  want to comment on this. (I know that a military coup is sometimes called a 'putsch'.)

Now I will take you to Portugal. It was very hot and we couldn't go to the beach as the sand was too hot for the children to walk on and the ocean too cold (and too dangerous for small children) to swim in. So we did some sightseeing and played around the pool the rest of the time.
Here we are in the town of Portimao. There is a gorgeous little tea room that was famous for its cakes. So we had to visit. 
 It is called 'A Casa Da Isabel' (loosely translated: at Isabel's).

 It has a lovely tiled facade. Here is one of our grandchildren in the doorway.
Inside was very small. There are four tables to sit at. R and F are ordering coffee and cakes. What a choice
 Here is a picture of the choice we had.
Here is the corridor as we came in and there is another display cabinet on the left.
Here is a better picture of it.

One of our grandies chose the choc cake with the orange thingies. We asked and were told the orange bits are made of eggyolk and sugar.

Looking up above the counter, there is a gorgeous oldie-worldie cabinet on the wall.
Hubby has finally chosen (a carob cake, very popular in Portugal), 
 and we both had coffee of course.
The kids at the next table had an assortment and I managed to delay them for a few seconds so I could take the picture!
 Daniel decided he didn't like the orange bits so we painstakingly removed every little bit of orange, so he could eat it.
When I walked through the corridor to the toilets I took these pictures:

Isn't it delightful? 
I think this will qualify me for the T-Party. 
So I wish everyone a happy T-Day,


  1. Your postcards are lovely, Lisca. There are lots of covered bridges in the states, especially the northern ones, so it makes sense there would be covered bridges in Canada, too. The random number sounds like a fun game.

    That next postcard is adorable. Very childlike.

    Nice that you took us to Portimao and to Isabelle's tea room. Those cakes look delicious, but I'm not a fan of carob. I had it once and it was bitter. Your coffee looks wonderful and the other cakes looked great, too. Not surprising is a photo of people eating with their phones out. Such a sad state of affairs.

    Thanks for sharing your postcards, your trip to Portimao, the tea room with cakes, the curio cabinets with beautiful dishes inside, and your various drinks you shared for T this Tuesday, dear Lisca.

  2. That number game with the dictionary sounds quite interesting Lisca. I also love how you research and provide information regarding your cards. Ooh, hot sand is not fun for sure- ouch:( Lovely looking shop/cafe to enjoy some delightful cakes, and I love that dish cabinet- I have two small ones quite similar with the lace hanging from the shelves:) Happy T day!

  3. I have wanted to go to Portugal for awhile now. The look of those cakes might make me head there sooner rather than later. (smile). And those are cool postcards! I bought some of those queen stamps last year when I was in Canada and have been using them in some art. The queen does look lovely, doesn't she? Happy T day Lisca. hugs-Erika

  4. Wow what a fabulous place for desserts-loved it. enjoyed the postcards and all the photos Happy T wishes Kathy

    1. Hi Lisca to answer your comment-here in the States when selling a home appliances are usually left behind with the house-when selling the home the next person will have appliances. do you have a recipe for your walnut liquer? that sounds interesting and looks like there will be allot of walnuts when they start to fall-thanks

  5. Lovely postcards. I think Putschblumen is a word, must be something she made up. Looks like you had a great time in Portugal, and the cafe you went to is gorgeous, and the cakes and coffee look fantastic. I love carob cake. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  6. Wonderful postcards! I love the image on the one from Germany 😁. It sounds like you had a lovely time in Portugal and oh, those cakes look so amazing - yum! Wishing you a very happy T Day! Hugs, Jo x

  7. It seems like you had a lovely family trip to Portugal, lovely photos and the Tea room looks so welcoming and the cakes, yummy.
    Super postcards and stamps. Have you tried creating your random woed. it sounds fun exercise.
    Happy T day wishes Lisca.
    Yvonne xx

  8. I've never heard of it being both too hot and too cold for a beach trip, but being flexible with plans is definitely something I'm familiar with :) That tea room is delightful indeed. So much to choose from and all of it so tempting. Happy T Tuesday!

  9. Those are interesting post cards and the queen stamp is special. I think I want to play the dictionary game. It sounds fun. I will have to write down the directions. (we could write letters to each other) Amazing desserts! Thank you for sharing. Happy T Day!

  10. Oh,my! That tile on the building in Portugal is lovely! The cakes look delicious and it appears to be the perfect place to enjoy a yummy snack.
    That second postcard is amazing! A beautiful piece of artwork. I am off to have a look at her work.
    Happy Tea Day,

  11. Wonderful postcards and stamps Lisca. What a clever word game idea. Lovely place where you ate. I like the tiles, both on the exterior and on the interior floor. Even though the place looked small, it looked like a great place to go to. Happy T-Day!

  12. I was intrigued by the letter word prompt idea, so I gave it a try. The problem with the directions is that all the words will come from A to D in normal sized dictionaries. Part time T-lady Deb and I exchange letters, so I have someone to play the game with. I'll try different rules though - lol.

    What a charming little tea room. Something for kids of all ages.

    Happy T-day! Eileen xx

  13. Lovely stamps and postcards Lisca !! The red bridge is so cool, interesting story. Happy belated T-day ! Portugal is beautiful, with lots of amazing places to visit, went to Lisboa and Porto years ago. Delicious cakes! Enjoy!
    Wish you a very nice Thursday, big hugs,

  14. The letter word sounds like fun. I liked the stamp of the Queen, too. I don't think I've ever seen a contemporary stamp with picture, just the crowned profile pics that look like coins. Nice to see her smiling. That cafe looks amazing. All those choices. The china hutch with the lace is so very pretty. Happy T Day