Friday, 27 March 2020

A Postcard A Day - Friday 27 March 2020 - Friday Smiles

Hello lovely ladies! 

No, I'm not in Stockholm, but this is a card I received from one of my Postcrossing friends. That is exactly what I want to convey today: Cheers! To us! Lets be positive and look at the good things in life instead of filling our being with negative newsfeed. Stay up to date by all means, but switch that rolling newsfeed off after you have heard the round-up of the news.

Let me show you some cards: This one comes from Poland and reminds me of summer, when we eat pomegranates. The name means 'apple of Granada'. (And our nearest city is Granada)

The stamps is very nice, seen here enlarged. It mentions Bialystok, which is the largest city in north-eastern Poland and the capital of Podlachia. It is the gateway to many natural attractions of Podlachia, known collectively as the Green Lungs of Poland, including Biebrza National Park and Białowieża National Park. Białystok is also the place of birth of Ludwik Zamenhof, the inventor of the artificial language, Esperanto. The city hosted an international Esperanto conference in 2009.(Wikivoyage)
The palace on the stamp is Branicki's Palace.   The Branickis' Palace is a former residence of a wealthy and influential noble family of Branicki, which used to own the whole city of Bialystok. The most famous member, Jan Klemens Branicki, the Great Crown Hetman of Poland with unsuccessful aspirations to the Polish throne, made the city prosperous and striving. The palace was given its current shape in early 18th century and since then has been called many names reflecting its grandeur, including "the Versaille of Podlasie". Although badly damaged by German bombs during the World War II, it was carefully rebuilt and now serves as the main building of the Medical University of Białystok. (Wikivoyage)

My next card comes from Sweden and shows the (young) queen Sylvia. She is wearing traditional costume I think. Very understated and beautiful.

The stamp is pretty. It is from a series of 2020 stamps. 

Called Heartfelt Greetings, the seven stamps were designed by Sabina Wroblewski Gustrin and issued Jan. 9. 2020
Here is a close-up of some of them:
I find them uplifting and pretty to look at. 
At that brings me to my week. It has been a strange week. The end of week two of the shutdown for us. 
The weather has been very somber, but the mood has been of the 'we-will-get-through-this' kind.
 But I get lots of chores done and I enjoy baking and cooking. Hubby has been doing odd jobs too.
 Sunday was wonderful, in that we watched the streaming of two church services by churches that we used to attend in the UK.
 Monday was my birthday and I have been so blessed with many, many messages, and video calls etc. It was different than other years but very special. I shan't forget this birthday. We had booked to walk the Caminito del Rey and to stay in a lovely hotel in the mountains, but of course the hotels have all had to close.
 Wednesday was the first day without rain (after 14 or more dull rainy days), and I managed to dry some washing outside. The seeds we ordered from Premier Seeds Direct have arrived and hubby can't wait to be going out there to plant something.
People are following the rules of waiting outside the shops with a meter distance. We all have to wear a mask and gloves are recommended, because not all shops remember to keep the door open. (and it's cold of course).
All in all we are fine. And I am working my way through a list of things to do, one of which is to learn more about digital scrapbooking. I have Photoshop in Spanish and also Photoshop Elements 11 in English. If anyone can recommend a good tutorial (preferably for PSE as that is in English) I would be very grateful.

Usually, the last Friday night of the month, our friends D&P and us go out for a drink and a meal or a pizza. We catch up and put the world to rights. This is not possible now, so we have organized a virtual get-together tonight using Zoom, that everybody seems to be using now. I'm excited about it. It will be like we were spending time together. I'll let you know how it went. 

That is it from me today. I have some funnies for you at the end. 
So now I will head over to Annie at A Stitch In Time and to Virginia at Rocking Your Week Friday
Stay safe and 
keep smiling.

 The translation of the next one goes like this:
"China has released the names of the first three infected people:
Sum Ting Wong
Ho Lee Fuk
Yu Dai Soon"


  1. I love the stamps from Sweden. I want those (grin). Lovely postcards, too.

    This is day three for me, but I locked myself down before the county said I had to. I self isolated on the 13th after I went to the grocery store. I'm glad you are finding ways to continue keeping up with your daily scrapbook pages and staying isolated. I hope your birthday was as nice as the photos show. I know it seems like the new normal, but I think it was a nice new and incredibly different birthday for you this year.

    I love the funnies. I think my favorite is the bouquet of TP.

    Keep smiling, enjoy your time with friends on Zoom, and have a super fantastic weekend. So glad you got to see church services remotely in UK, too.

  2. Lisca, thanks for the smiles, all those jokes are brilliant, it's a good job there are some witty people out there to keep our spirits up.
    We are sick of the rain and are hoping it will soon brighten up as we have quite a few outside jobs to do.
    Just spoke to my neighbour over the phone, she's 85 next month and is still laughing although her daughter can't come over from the UK to see her next month, she says she's been doing exercises watching, the green Godess, not sure if you would remember her from years ago in the UK.
    Have a good weekend and fingers crossed for good weather soon.
    Jan x

  3. Beautiful stamps!
    You at least have masks, we don´t, crazy.
    Happy belated birthday! Sure not one to forget...

    Quarantini! :-)
    Oh, I would SO love such a hoop, always, I can´t stand strangers so close to me, even in normal times. Usually Hubby stands behind me and he takes care of others that come too near.
    As if it all goes faster in the checkout when come up close!
    To safety, and virtual hugs...

  4. Fab post today Lisca. I love the latest postcards...very Spring like. No masks for us because we are staying in but I rather fancied making us a couple...theres lots of patterns going around at the mo but I'm not sure if any of them would do the job.
    We will get through this crazy time with the support from our family and friends and the sure does help.
    Stay safe my friend and keep smiling.
    Annie x

  5. Hi Lisca, pomegranates are one of my most favourite fruits and I'm pleased to say that we can now get them from our supermarket ready seeded though it takes some of the fun out of eating them. The stamps are beautiful again this week and so is the national costume, it may appear understated but there is so much detail that has gone in to making it, it's gorgeous. Loving the funnies too. Take care and have a lovely weekend, Angela xXx

  6. Ah hun well a belated birthday to you, you seem to be managing great despite the current circumstances and I note you are catching up on jobs as well (I'm definitely doing that - I did my craft cupboards today).

    I hope you have a great week ahead.