Tuesday, 7 April 2020

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 7 April 2020 - T for books, topaz and masks

Hello lovely ladies. How are you all coping with the restrictions? We are still on full lockdown and national state of emergency, so we can't go out without a valid reason. I think most countries in the world (except Sweden) have some sort of stay-at-home rule. 
I want to start with this piece of urban art. 

Widewalls writes: Los Angeles-based Pony Wave has mad skills when it comes to art, illustration and tattooing. Her painting style is fresh and with a touch of photorealism, reflecting on everything she does. The artist created a new amazing wall in Venice Beach, CA. Titled Art reflect life, the artist depicted love in a time of COVID-19.

My life has not changed so much, but I do seem to read a lot more, which brings me to my first postcard. It comes from Germany, and is entitled 'Lesen' which simply means 'to read'. It is a photo by Phil Schermeister.

The stamp was not very spectacular, but the sender (Enid) drew a very lovely 'Hello Lisca'.

The second card comes from the USA, and features a blue topaz. It comes from Brazil and weighs 300.6 carat. It is displayed in the National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Institution. (They do a virtual tour, have a look) Topaz does not come out of the ground this colour. The stone has to be irradiated and heated to achieve this beautiful blue colour.

The stamps are amazing. 

There is the famous Tiffany lamp and the pears on the left. In the middle is a 1948 commemorative stamp of Harlan F. Stone.
Harlan Fiske Stone (October 111872 – April 221946) was an American lawyer and jurist. A native of New Hampshire, he served as the dean of Columbia Law School, his alma mater, in the early 20th century. As a member of the Republican Party, he was appointed as the 52nd Attorney General of the United States before becoming an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1925. In 1941, Stone became the 12th Chief Justice of the court, serving until his death in 1946.

I enjoyed reading up on this man. Here is one of his quotes: The guarantees of civil liberty are but guarantees of freedom of the human mind and spirit and of reasonable freedom and opportunity to express them...The very essence of the liberty which they guarantee is the freedom of the individual from compulsion as to what he shall think and what he shall say...

The stamp at the top right is a pillar coral.
 Barbados has also issued a stamp of that particular coral and here you can see more clearly what it looks like. Yes, like pillars.

Then there is this beautiful stamp about numismatics. Do you know what that means? I confess I didn't! 
Wikipedia says: Numismatics is the study or collection of currency, including coins, tokens, paper money and related objects. While numismatists are often characterised as students or collectors of coins, the discipline also includes the broader study of money and other payment media used to resolve debts and the exchange of goods.

There was one more stamp (But it didn't fit in the other photo).
John James Audubon (1785-1851) was an American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. He was notable for his extensive studies documenting all types of American birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats. Wikipedia
This is one of his paintings:

I have been making bread. This is a cheese and bacon loaf. Can you smell it? Would you like a slice?
 I will slice some for you.
Sunday was Palm Sunday, and as we couldn't go to church, we watched the service  of the church we used to go to in the UK online. Here is hubby in front of the computer.

Then we had Sunday lunch with a nice bottle of Portughese wine (Vinho Verde):
Cheers to you all. This is also my ticket to the T-Party organized by Elizabeth and Bleubeard

I didn't have a dessert but before we went to bed, we both had a mini ice cream. Yumm.
That is it from me this week.
Take care, stay safe and stay home!


  1. Oh wow- LOVE that Urban art!!! And that postcard with the adorable child with the books- be still my heart. Always a joy to see the postage too...
    your baked bread- yes, one thin slice please:):) It is so wonderful to be able to view services from our computers as the next best thing. And you look so comfy and warm with your little evening treat:) Happy T day!

  2. OK, send me some bread. I can imagine it smelled delightful. It looks yummy. I have been cooking way to much for my waistline, smile, but it is fun and at least since everything has else has slowed down, it is something good to do. I hope you are not feeling too shut in but at least it is good to know you are both healthy and staying safe. Happy T day Lisca. Oh yes, and your comment on my visit to Chaco Canyon and the rock buildings. Thanks for the words I didn't know. And ys, those buildings were covered in mud (adobe) at some point long long agao. Hugs-Erika

  3. Lovely postcard and stamps! That's great that you are having time to read more. Have you read any good books?
    That cheese and bacon bread looks so yummy! Yes, I would love a slice.
    We have been going to church on FB live as well. It's not the same but it is nice to still be able to hear our Pastor.
    Happy Tea Day,

  4. Loved both postcards, Lisca. The book one had me smiling and I learned something about that topaz. I never knew you had to fire it to turn it that color. I have two friends who are numismatists, and I immediately thought how great that stamp was. Then I saw you had to look up the name. I had just created a couple of money inspired journal pages in late March and early April where I said I got the images from a numismatics magazine.

    Your bread looks lovely. Sounds good, too. And Easter services in front of your computer is the absolute best way to celebrate.

    Your wine looks lovely. Looks like you have a well stocked liquor cabinet, too. Yes, I'm a snoop. Thanks for sharing your postcards, your bread, and your wine with us for T this Tuesday, dear Lisca.

  5. LOVE that urban art, fantastic. And you got some great postcards. And your bread - yes please, I would love a slice, it looks fantastic! Enjoy your wine, too and stay safe, hugs, Valerie

  6. Beautiful-sad mural.
    Cute postcard, especially how she adresses you! And all those beautiful stamps!!!
    Oh and that bread! Yum, yum, yum!
    A happy T-day to you!

  7. Oh my the urban art looks lovely and so so the stamps you received on the postcards. I can imagine the aroma from your bread it sounds delicious.
    Stay safe and well.
    happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

  8. Lovely postcards and stamps. Delicious looking bread. Happy T-Day!

  9. H Lisca, awesome urban art. I enjoyed your postcards and stamps-beautiful this week-and very cool how they wrote your name.
    Your bread looks awesome and I would love to join you for a glass of wine. Happy T hugs Kathy

  10. Once again a visual feast of art, knowledge and food. Did I mention I rejoined Postcrossing because of your inspiration?! Yes, and I've mailed a few cards already. ~ Blessings

  11. Beautiful street art and such lovely postcards and postage stamps too! So nice to be able to watch the church services online and that's a great photo of you, I hope you enjoyed your ice cream too 😁. Sending you Happy T Day wishes! Stay safe and well! Hugs, Jo x

  12. Cheese and bacon bread?! Yes, please :) That loaf looks too pretty to cut :) I'm grateful for the internet these days and the way churches have been able to use it to keep congregations connected. Stay safe! Happy T Tuesday!

  13. That street art image is fabulous, Lisca! It says so much. I love the contrast of B&W with the pop of colorful flowers.

    Darling postcard. Enid's whimisical lettering is charming.

    I can almost smell the bread and would love a slice. Bacon and cheese bread sounds like a yummy combo.

    You look very comfy cozy with your mini chcolate bar. Sounds like a perfect bedtime snack to me.

    Happy T-Day! Eileen xx

  14. I think I can smell that bread from here. So much more enticing than the yogurt and banana I had for breakfast. The postcards and stamps are interesting as always. Correspondence in any form is welcome in these days of "house arrest".

  15. That mural makes me think art imitates life. Your bread looks amazing.I think I smell the bacon. I've been baking bread, too, because the store shelves were bare so I thought I'd just bake bread. An enjoyable hobby and the house smells so good. You look so cozy in your robe. Take care and Happy T Day

  16. Hi Lisca, you look very cosy in your dressing gown, we always wear ours in the evenings.
    Can you imagine having that stone on your finger, how amazing is the colour, beautiful.
    Baking bread must be one of the best smells in the world, always makes my mouth water, it looks delicious.
    Happy belated T Day, hope you are having some sun too!
    Jan x

  17. Wonderful mural Lisca !! Love the postcards and stamps too. Wish you spent a great T-day ! Ohh yes please, I´d like to taste your bread, it may be delicious. Beautiful photograph of you with this chocolate ice.
    I wish you a very nice Friday, stay safe and well, and big hugs,

  18. Love the postcards and the stamps! We visited an exhibition of Audubon's paintings but I forget where - they really are wonderful! I love cheese and bacon loaf, so yes please, are you willing to give me the crust? We can follow a church service here but it's not the same is it? I think ice-cream before bed is a great idea! A very belated Happy T Day! Chrisx