Friday, 18 October 2019

A Postcard A Day - Friday 18 October 2019 - Friday Smiles

Hello lovely peeps,
Here we are again at the end of the week counting our blessings. There is always lots to smile about when you think about it and this week is no exception.
A postcard in my mailbox always makes me smile. Here is one I received recently from China. On the 22nd of September, a group of Chines Postcrossers held a meet-up (their 8th meet-up) in Beijing. I was one of the lucky ones to get a card.

 23 People signed the card with a signature, a name or a funny little stamp.  The postage stamps are beautiful.

The second card comes from my sister. She went on a short holiday to St Ives in Cornwall and sent me a card. 

 St Ives is very special to our family. My dad's English friend from his scouting days died just after the war. The boy's mother invited my dad to come to England and this lady, having just lost her son, took to my dad and a life-long friendship ensued. We have spent all our childhood summers in St Ives. Of course there were hardly any tourists in the 50s, just artists and locals.We also learnt to speak English there as children. St Ives has changed a lot, but my sister wanted to go back and see our old haunts. 

The stamp is interesting. It features HMS Dreadnought built in 1906.
 The HMS Dreadnought was a Royal Navy battleship that revolutionised naval power. Dreadnought's name, and the class of battleships named after her, means "a fearless person". 
This week is still very warm and sunny. Although the temperatures drop in the evening, during the day we are still in short sleeves. 
This week we both walked to our piece of land near our house. It is about ten minutes walk down a dirt track. Hubby had pruned some of the olive trees earlier in the year, and we were delighted to see there are olives on the trees! 

I think we must have more than thirty neglected olive trees, so hubby has his work cut out to do them all.

Our neighbours had given us lots of apples, more than we could eat. So what do you do? Bake an apple pie. Well being Dutch, I made a traditional 'appeltaart'.

 It turned out perfectly and there isn't much left as you can see.
I'll scan the recipe for anyone interested in making it.
And of course I will put some funnies at the end too.

I have never used the 'cup' measurements and I am not sure they equate. So please use the grams or ounces.

Now I'm off to link up with Annie at A Stitch In Time and with Virginia at Rocking your World Friday.
Have a lovely weekend,
Keep smiling,

 'When nurses bake cookies...'


  1. OOPS, I wrote a long post, then lost it. My fault because I was trying to leave a web site.

    You are lucky to get that postcard from China. You need to hang onto it, because I see a revolt coming in the near future (grin).

    Your sister knows how to spoil you. That's a lovely card and stamp, too.

    Here in the states we use cups, not grams or ounces. It's easy to convert, though by going here:

    They convert everything from temps to weight to length, etc. They even have gas mark, something I had never heard of until someone shared a recipe that used it.

    Loved the nurse's cookie. That was really cute. Hope you have a great Friday and weekend, too, dear Lisca.

  2. It's sad how some of these special places in our lives change but at least we have the happy memories of how they were....we have been looking at old video recordings of holidays in Spain when our children were little and the place we used to go had few tourists back then but apparantly it's changed lots now.
    The crab apples are only 2-3cm in size and def not edible sadly....they look far better than they taste lol.
    Annie x

  3. Hi Lisca, I don't know where you get them but the funnies are brilliant. I went to St Ives many years ago but I'm sure it will have changed but then I guess places have to do that. The stamps are brilliant again, love them. You are so lucky to have those gorgeous Olive trees, they don't do so well here and the Apple tart is a stunner, I can almost taste it. Have a great weekend, Angela xXx

  4. A fun post card this week Lisca.
    Your apple tart looks delicious. I also made one this week - traditional English style of course, because I happened to see some rally nice cooking apples in Iceland shop. They work so much better than eating apples. There isn't much of mine left either. I shall keep your recipe to try later. Chris loves any sort of apple pie.
    Your funnies really made me laugh today. English is such an odd language and lends itself to puns. Some are very clever. Kate x

  5. That apple pie looks delicious! The ginger bread cookie made me laugh lol

  6. I lllllllove apple pies, Lisca!!!!!!! Thank you so much for the recipe, my friend.

  7. Oh your apple pie looks absolutely fantastic, I'm not surprised there was hardly any left. I will pass on the recipe to hubby as he loves to bake. I'm currently trying to be good, so I'm not partaking in too much sweet stuff at the moment.

    I hope you are having a fabulous week