Tuesday, 29 October 2019

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 29 October 2019 - T for

Hello lovely girls! It's Tuesday again and time for the T-Party hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My entry (my beverage) will be visible further down in this blog post but first off are my postcards.

My first postcard comes from China and was sent by Li Ming. She tells me that she has met with two primary school class mates to drink tea. And they chatted about things 'many years ago'.
 The postcard depicts Xiaochunshu Lane (It doesn't mention which city though and what date approx).
The stamps are beautiful as many chinese stamps are. The one on the right clearly advertises  the Olympic Winter Games 2022 , but the one on the left is a bit of an enigma. I have no idea what these ladies are doing. Some sort of craft. Are they painting silk? Anyone got an idea?
 The third stamp shows an 18th century gentleman and I didn't know who he was until I googled the dates and came up with Joseph Haydn. 


Wikipedia says this:
He was an Austrian composer of the Classical period. He was instrumental in the development of chamber music such as the piano trio.[2] His contributions to musical form have earned him the epithets "Father of the Symphony" and "Father of the String Quartet".[3]
Haydn spent much of his career as a court musician for the wealthy Esterházy family at their remote estate. Until the later part of his life, this isolated him from other composers and trends in music so that he was, as he put it, "forced to become original".[c] Yet his music circulated widely, and for much of his career he was the most celebrated composer in Europe.
He was a friend and mentor of Mozart, a tutor of Beethoven, and the older brother of composer Michael Haydn.

My second card comes from Portugal. It shows the city of Porto and the river Douro. 

 And they used a Harry Potter stamp! How cool is that!

Elizabeth often takes us to a restaurant she has visited. Let me take you to this lovely restaurant that we found when we were traveling back from Madrid. It is a place called Puerto Lápice, near Ciudad Real, in central Spain, south of Madrid. 
After we parked the car we walked to the entrance and found this statue.
 Is he Don Quixote? (After all we were still in La Mancha, I think)
Into the courtyard with some water vessels, or they might have been for wine, who knows. We see them everywhere here in Spain, as people no longer use them so usually display them in the garden or courtyard.
 A nice shaded outdoor area.
But we prefer an indoor dining room. The decor was olde worlde with antique furniture and ceramics.
I went to wash my hands and when I walked back to our table the man with the red shirt recognised me (I didn't see him at all)  and came over to us. He is a man who helped us a lot when we first came to Spain in 2004. It was lovely to see him again. What a coincidence though, so far away from home.
Before we said goodbye, he took a picture of the two of us:

And here is my qualifier for the T-Party. I'm drinking red wine and hubby  a small lager.
My first course was pisto. Hubby had something with vegetables.

 Hubs' main course. Again I forgot what it was, but he said it was lovely.
I hesitated showing you a picture of the rest rooms, but they were so beautiful that I just had to post these.

 Lovely old looking doors and beautiful tiles, even in the cubicles.

That is my lot for today. I am writing this on Monday evening, because my old friend from Holland is arriving later tonight and we will be catching up until the wee hours. We have known each other for more than 40 years. (we met at university). She and her partner are staying a while so I am quite excited about that.

Happy T-Day,
Hugs,
Lisca


16 comments:

  1. I had to laugh at Haydn. When I think of Chamber Music I think of Pachelbel. His work is so famous now because it was discovered again in the 1980s and is often played at weddings and funerals. It's beautiful, if you have never heard it.

    The second postcard is lovely. I'm impressed it is shown from Portugal and the lovely city of Porto, which I have used in my art projects.

    Your food looks wonderful and of course now I'm extremely hungry. I loved the beauty of the restroom. It was GORGEOUS. Now I'm off to get something good to eat. I'll join you with my coffee while you drink your wine and your husband has his lager. And you still have time to get ready to greet your friends who are coming to visit.

    Thanks for sharing those postcards and stamps, as well as the statue and jugs, along with the restroom and food, in addition to your drinks with us for T this Tuesday, dear Lisca.

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  2. I enjoyed the postcards and the stamps-I am curious too what they are doing with the silk. pretty cool a harry potter stamp. Loved the tiles! and that is pretty neat that the gentleman recognized you from so long ago. thanks for sharing your foods too Happy T Kathy

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  3. Interesting postage stamps this week. I love the tiles inside the restaurant restroom. Beautiful! I always love when the restrooms are pretty. And how fun that you ran into an old acquaintance. It is a small world for sure.
    Enjoy your time with your friend!
    Happy Tea Day,
    Kate

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  4. Lisca your food looks delicious, I love trying typical Spanish rustic food, usually very simple but tasty. Those tiles are typical too, sometimes very over the top in decoration but pretty too.
    Those stamps are really interesting, especially the ones from China.

    Enjoy your friends visit, jan x

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  5. Love the postcards, and the stamp with Hermione, just lovely. You visited some fun places again, great to see the Man of La Mancha and to meet up with an old friend. The tiles in the restrooms are fantastic, I love those blue and white ones very much. Your foodx and drink look great, too. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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  6. Beautiful cards and stamps, and, oh, that really is a very fun coincidence your helper from so long ago found you!
    We often take the cams to new restrooms, so many surprises to be found - this one is very beautiful!
    Have fun with your friend! Happy T-Day and hugs :-)

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  7. I'm loving the postage stamps this week and wow, that restaurant looks amazing! The decor is so cool, I love the white and blue, very Mediterranean 😀. Your meals look yummy and that's a lovely photo of you and your hubby too! How wonderful to catch up with your friend, as they say it's a small world! Happy T Day wishes! Hugs, Jo x

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  8. Your postcards arereally very beautiful Lisca !! And those stamps are so interesting, would also like to know what those ladies are doing. Yes the sculpture is Don Quijote de la Mancha!, and the vassels could be filled with wine, water, and olive oil too. We have some little vassels at the village, now they are empty, but very beautiful.
    Happy T-day ! This restaurant looks fabulous, I love pisto, and love the furniture and the restroom with these typical tiles.
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    I wish you a very nice day, and send big hugs,
    Caty

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  9. Lovely postcards Lisca and the stamps were good as well, ours seem so plain in comparison. The restaurant looked a good destination, delicious food as well and those tiles in the rest room were fantastic.
    Happy T day wishes Lisca.
    Yvonne xx

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  10. Your food and drink look delicious :) Now I have "It is I Don Quixote, the lord of La Mancha" stuck in my head. I may have to watch that movie later :) Happy T Tuesday!

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  11. Interesting stamps and info again, Lisca. I can see why post crossing fascinates you so. What a fun coincidence to meet an old friend by chance. That's a terrific photo of you two. The interior of the restaurant looks lovely. And the restroom - wow! It's gorgeous. Have a fun visit with your friend from Holland.

    Happy T-day! Eileen xx

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  12. Great postcards and stamps. Wonderful photos. That looks like a nice place to eat and I love the tiles in the restrooms so I'm glad you showed them. Happy T-Day!

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  13. That is a fascinating looking restaurant. Almost exotic compared to what we have here in New Hampshire. Don Quixote. It makes me think of the song from the play Man of LaMancha. I haven't heard of pisto and I am interested in what it is.I am off to go look it up. I hope you had a fabulous T day Lisca. Hugs-Erika

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  14. Lovely postcards and stamps! The restaurant looks interesting and how great to meet that man from way back!Hurray for the rest room shots - I love good loo! Belated Happy T Day! Chrisx

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  15. The postcards and stamps are really interesting. So nice to meet someone you knew at the restaurant, and he took a lovely photo of you. I loved the blue on the outside of the restaurant and the blue tiles in the rest room are gorgeous. I hope you had a Happy T Day and are enjoying your week with your friend.

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  16. I always enjoy looking at your postcards and stamps and reading about them. The Harry Potter one is my favorite. Lovely place to eat, including the bathroom! Sorry I am late. I suppose by now you had a lovely time with your friend. Have a great week-end!

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