Friday, 29 November 2019

A Postcard A Day - Friday 29 November 2019 - Friday Smiles

Hello lovely ladies, It's Friday again and I will show you some of my smiles and what I have been doing this week (Nothing much exciting I can tell ya).
First of all, let me show you some post cards. They always make me smile when they land in my postbox. This first one comes from the USA and is a vintage advert for Chesterfield gloves.

Not heard of Chesterfield Gloves? Well, they are gloves that you can put a cigarette in so you always have your ciggie at hand. I don't smoke and I don't want to encourage smoking of course, but I do like these old adverts.
Now the stamps are lovely too. 
I particularly like the middle one. It is part of a series 'State and country fairs'.
The next card also comes from the USA. Jane from Blue Ridge Mountains (North Carolina) sends me this fun tortoise. 
She also recommend two books: 'City of Girls' by Elizabeth Gilbert and 'The Flight Portfolio' by Julie Orringer. Both sound very interesting.

The stamps on this card are interesting too. I know Pearl Buck of course:
Pearl Sydenstricker Buck was an American writer and novelist. As the daughter of missionaries, Buck spent most of her life before 1934 in Zhenjiang, China. Her novel The Good Earth was the best-selling fiction book in the United States in 1931 and 1932 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932.

But I hadn't heard of Ellsworth Kelly, or the Golden Spike. So I looked them up:

The Golden Spike is a piece of railway history. The golden spike is the ceremonial 17.6-karat gold final spike driven by Leland Stanford to join the rails of the First Transcontinental Railroad across the United States connecting the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads on May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory.

Ellsworth Kelly (May 31, 1923 – December 27, 2015) was an American painter, sculptor, and printmaker associated with hard-edge painting, Color Field painting and minimalism. His works demonstrate unassuming techniques emphasizing line, color and form, similar to the work of John McLaughlin and Kenneth Noland.

Stamps are so interesting. 
Now, what have I been up to? The weekend was fab! I went to a Christian Women's Conference in Fuengirola (southern Spain). That Friday was our anniversary, so we had lunch in Granada and from there I traveled to Fuengirola with two friends.
My two friends from Granada and I shared a room in a hotel.
We used an organisation called BlaBlaCar to travel (that is something like über) and on the way back I took the train to Malaga and then the bus from there.
My Christmas cactus is starting to bloom and on  yesterday's collage you can see it in full bloom.
The weather has been lovely and we have been able to have coffee outside.

 On Wednesday we did some crafting. We made little cards that you can fold around a tea-light candle because part of the pattern is transparent.
As you can see there was much to smile about. Please do visit Annie at A Stitch In Time, (who is our host) and Virginia at Rocking Your Week Friday.

I am adding some funnies at the end as per usual.
Have a lovely weekend and take care,
Keep smiling!

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 26 November 2019 - T for

Hello lovely ladies, here we are again on Tuesday.

My blog is about postcards, so here we go:
 This first postcard is from Germany and it features and island: Insel Reichenau. The monastic island of Reichenau is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an island on Lake Constance and it preserves the traces of the Benedictine monastery, founded in 724, which exercised remarkable spiritual, intellectual and artistic influence. The churches of St Mary and Marcus, St Peter and St Paul, and St George, mainly built between the 9th and 11th centuries, provide a panorama of early medieval monastic architecture in central Europe. Their wall paintings bear witness to impressive artistic activity.
The stamps are pretty. The one on the right is about Heimz Sielmann, a wildlife photographer and film maker.
 The second postcard comes from the UK. You can see the spines of the Penguin Poetry Series, 1963. Majority by Stephen Russ.
I've had an unremarkable week and a fantastic weekend. I went to a Christian 
Women's Conference in Fuengirola (south coast Spain). I had to travel to Granada first where I would meet some friends, so we could travel together.
We decided hubby would drive me to Granada (about an hour and a half by car) and we would have lunch somewhere.
On Friday it was our anniversary. We officially got married in August before the magistrate, but then we had a church blessing in November as we had to wait until my parents , who were in New Zealand on holiday, had come back. That was the 'big do' and that date we like to celebrate as our anniversary. It is 27 years now.

 This is my qualifier for the T-Party. A lovely glass of red wine.
 The conference was in Fuengirola, 160 km further down. One of the girls had organized a so called Bla Bla car, which is a bit like Über but for longer distances. The young man that drove us dropped us off at the hotel. The conference was actually in the same hotel we were staying at.
There was the registration
And then we could have our nails done while we waited for everyone to be registered.
 The church that organised it is called Next.

 There were good speakers

 and great worship.

We had a great time. More photos next week.

Happy T-Day all,

Friday, 22 November 2019

A Postcard A Day - Friday 21 November 2019 - Friday Smiles

Hello lovely ladies. How are you all? I'm here to tell you what made me smile this week and what I have been up to these days.
First off is a lovely black and white postcard from Lithuania.

 The photo is by Erika Majauskiene, (2012). She is a Lithuanian photographer.
The stamp is really nice too. It features storks. I really like storks, and I'm always looking out for their nests on high places.

 The second card is from Russia. It features a painting by Alexei Korzukhin and is entitled The Bachelorette party.

Alexei Ivanovich Korzukhin ( 1835—1894) was a Russian genre painter.
He was a witness to the extremely bloody assassination of Tsar Alexander II in 1881. This resulted in severe nervous shock and he never fully recovered his health.

The stamp is one of those triangular ones, and this one has one of the traditional Russian windows on it.

 They are the beautiful wooden windows. This particular one shows a

Window of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast.

Here you can see the whole window:
So, what have I been up to this week? To avoid having too many photos, I have made little collages for each day of the week. (Sorry for the fact these images won't sit in the middle and tend to stick out)

 PG (short for Pico Grajo,) is the address of our weekend home about 40 km away from where we live. There we have a tv (not connected) that we use to watch DVDs on. 

Of course I shall find some funnies to put at the end. I found this one too. It is not particularly funny, but it is something to think about.

Before I go, let me tell you that I will be away for the weekend (Christian women's conference) and I don't seem to be able to do comments on my iPad, so I might be late in commenting unless I can do some before I leave today.

That is it from me this week. Let's pop over to Annie at A Stitch In Time and to Virginia at Rocking Your World Friday. 
Have a lovely weekend, 
Take care and
Keep smiling!