Tuesday 31 December 2019

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 31 December 2019 - T for Happy New Year!

Hello lovely people,
Today is the last day of the the year 2019 and we will be entering the 'roaring twenties'. Well nobody knows whether they will be roaring, but every new year starts with hope and good intentions.

I am joining Elizabeth and Bleubeard's T-Party. My qualifier is the 2020 in coffee beans above, but there might be some other drink references or photos in this blos post.

Lets start with my postcards. The first one comes from Japan. 

 It features Soba, Japanese buckwheat noodles. The stamps are pretty especially the ducks. But I have no idea what the interior is supposed to mean/commemorate:
 My next card comes from Russia and is a vintage view of St Petersburg. It shows the Yekaterininsky Canal from the Kazan Bridge  towards the Cathedral of the resurrection of Christ (1913).

 Sofia, (who sent the card) from St Petersburg, loves her city and thinks it hasn't changed much since the beginning of the century. I found some photos on the internet of the same spot (a typical touristic view)
I think Sofia is right. It doesn't look as if it has changed much.

I'm still in Holland, staying with my mum in Rotterdam (the Netherlands). She has a lovely appartment on the 5th floor in this building.

The entrance hall is very pretty and there is a huge photo of the main church in Rotterdam. This church was the only thing standing after the city was bombed comletely during WWII.

 So it has been through a lot, but it's still standing. The same can be said of the people living in my mother's building: they are all seniors that have undoubtedly been through a lot. 
 I enjoy cooking for mum. This is one of the weekday meals I concocted. You can see seasoned minced meat in puff pastry, and carrots in smoked bacon and herby potatoes in the oven. It was very nice.
Yesterday we spent the day in Utrecht, a city in the centre of the Netherlands. It is a beautiful city, a bit like Amsterdam but with less tourists. I will show you where we went some other time, but today I just want to show you a typically Dutch scene:
 The rubbish being collected by barge along the city canals.
This next photo is also typically Dutch: bicycles parked outside the Railway Museum:
 Children are being transported in these wooden carriers. I couldn't take pictures of the children, but it was really fun to watch.
We treated ourselves to a traditional Dutch food: Poffertjes. They are little mini soft, buttery pancakes. 
Here is me enjoying this plate full of yumminess!
And last but not least, I have a photo especially for Elizabeth. Inside the museum there were lots of attractions including a ice skating rink and an old fashioned carousel!
 I'm sorry it is such a bad photo. I was standing on an old locomotive and couldn't get enough distance.

That is it from me today. All is left for me (and mum and hubby) to wish you all a very healthy and happy if not roaring 2020!

Tuesday 24 December 2019

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 24 December 2019 - T for Christmas!

Hello lovely ladies,
Here we are on Christmas eve! I have put a christmassy image above so that I can join the T-Party hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. 

I must confess this is not the drink I have in front of me. Actually I am drinking a gin & tonic in a funny leaning glass. (makes you think you are drunk)

 Well, we are in Rotterdam now, staying with my mother. She lives in a modern appartment across the carpark of a local shopping mall: 

 We went shopping yesterday and came back with several 'treasures':
 Some coffee pads for the machine that I have. It is caled Senseo. I can get pads in Spain, but my favorite cappuccino choco is not available. So I stock up when I am in Holland.
There is  shop that sells craft supplies! So I indulged.
 And some markers in natural colours:
 This was a Danish gift shop     that sold all sorts of things including these tea pots:
Now for my postcards. I thought I would stay in the Christmas mood and show you the postcards that I actually sent over the last weeks. I bought them online from a site called Postallove in Poland.

I just love that cheeky postman!
Another good looking postman:
And a gorgeous little girl.
That is it from me tonight. I would like to wish everyone who celebrates Christmas a very peaceful and restful holiday:
Feliz Navidad (Spanish for Happy Christmas) is one of the illuminations in our village of Caniles. 
And here are my hubby and me in front of the lit up tree near our house. (Our friend Andy Watson kindly took this picture, thanks Andy)
Happy Christmas everyone and Happy T-Day too!

Friday 20 December 2019

A Postcard A Day - Friday 20 December 2019 - Friday Smiles

Hello lovely ladies,
Are you all preparing for Christmas? We have now arrived at my mum's in Rotterdam. It's lovely to see her again. We only manage to see each other a few times a year. So this is worth an enormous smile!
Yes, today is Friday Smiles and I will be joining Annie at A Stitch In Time with the things that made me smile this week.

My postcards then:

 This first one comes from from Toots who lives in San Francisco. He sends me these images of beautiful actresses of Korean drama.
And also a haiku poem:

You know where love is?
Couples laughing together
Walking hand in hand.

The stamps are really lovely. The grapes on the left is something I never tire of, and the head of the statue of Liberty is very iconic. The middle stamp looks like a mural. Could it be one of the murals from the post office? It looks like someone selling huge melons.
The second card comes

from Amanda who is from Boston, Massachusets, but was holiday in Niagara. The card shows the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.
The stamp shows an iceberg seen from land. It is from an original photograph by Michael Winsor.

The remarkable iceberg drew a flood of onlookers to Ferryland, a town of about 500, in April 2017, and made headlines in global media including The New York Times, CNN, BBC, Time, The Guardian and Russia’s state-backed news channel.
St. John’s, N.L., photographer Michael Winsor rushed to Ferryland to capture a striking image of the giant iceberg dwarfing the shoreline.
His timing was right, and he captured the iceberg framed behind two homes and a docked fishing boat, just as the evening’s lights started to twinkle.
So, what have I been up to this week? The whole week has been sort of getting ready to travel to Holland. 
Then Tuesday arrived and we travelled by bus from Baza to Alicante.

 It as a very comfortable trip and we stayed in a hotel near the airport.

 Here is Hubby enjoying his breakfast on Wednesday morning, after which we got a taxi to the airport.
Here we are in the airport departure hall, posing in front of the beautiful nativity scene. It was a bit like the Napolitan nativity scenes in that they show the whole village of Bethlehem. 

 Now we are here enjoying the company of my mother. More about that next week.
I have a few collages from last week:

That is it from me today. I'm going over to Annie's now and I will also visit Virginia at Rocking Your Week Friday.

I wish you all a very happy Christmas and hope to "see" you all again next week. 
Of course there will be some funnies at the end. All with a Christmas theme (of course).

Christmas Blessings,