Tuesday, 30 June 2020

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 29 June 2020 - T for tiles, beer and garlic

Hello lovely ladies,

It's Tuesday again and time for the T-Party. Elizabeth and Bluebeard kindly host this link-up party with a beverage. 

But before I show you my beverage, I would like to show you a postcard. It is not one that I have received, but one that i sent. I bought it last summer when I was in Portugal. It represents the different tiles (floor tiles or wall tiles) in Portugal. But we have them here in Andalucia too. They are a legacy from the Moors, whose Islamic art is still very much visible everywhere.
I sent the card to Russia, and I got a lovely message back from this young couple, telling me how much they loved the card and that the tiles reminded them of a boardgame they had recently bought. It is called Azul, and of course I had to look it up immediately on the Internet:
Just to show you that these motifs are used everywhere here, I'm showing you a bottle top from a beer bottle of the brand Alhambra.

It is our local beer as we live in the Granada province. The can also has the above motif.

I think I have mentioned before that I have started to make kombucha. (Fermented tea). It takes about a week for the first fermentation, and now I have put the kombucha in bottles with different fruits to flavor them and now I have to wait another week until this second fermentation is complete. Then we can taste it!
 I'll let you know how we get on.

Hubby has harvested his first garlics. We now have about thirty. So I got them all lined up on the table and I put them all on a string.  
Then we hung them up in our little shed.
 The broad bean season is over, but hubby has left several plants, so we can harvest the seeds. That is another little job I did this week: Taking all the seed beans (and peas) out of their pods.
Since last week, my friend A and I go for a walk twice a week. We walk from 9 until 11 or 11:30.  Friday we found quite a lot of 'hiperico' which is hypericum, which in English is St John's Wort. It is used as an anti depressant, but I have put them in olive oil. I'll leave them in the sun for a week and the oil will turn red. Then I filter the oil and use it for burns and scuffs etc.

 Here are a few photos from yesterday's walk. 
I don't know what this yellow beauty is. Erika do you know what it is? Sorry I forgot to photograph the leaves.
This (below) is the flower from a granada tree.  (pomegranates in English).
 We walked mostly along a dry riverbed.
 (Untended) olive trees
That is it from me this Monday night. I will post this at midnight and wish you all a very happy T-Day.
Take care,


  1. Hi Lisca, that's a pretty card you sent. Years ago back in the '80s maybe kombuchu was really popular. I tried it for awhile but my body did not like it-made me sick. Now they add flavors to it and I see it sold in the stores now too. it's come back in popularity again
    you gathered up some nice herbs, and congrats on your garlic-that's awesome-that's one thing I always forgot to plant at the right time.
    Glad you are out walking again. It's gotten too hot and humid for me now--need to wait for a cool down. Happy T hugs Kathy

  2. That is such a beautiful postcard with all those designs and motifs! And how cool to find the board game mentioned and see what it looks like with its own motifs.I can see where some rubber stamp patterns come from:)
    I'll be interested in hearing more about your kombucha after the tasting. Not something I can drink though as it does seem to bother me...
    so nice to get out for a good walk again especially with a friend isn't it?
    Happy T day!

  3. My friend Sami, who hosts Monday Murals, visited Portugal and shared many, many of those tiles, too. They are apparently everywhere in Portugal. That was a lovely card and reminded me of the ones Sami shared on her blog when she was there.

    You got lots of garlic. I had NO idea you could grow it at home. Your husband did a great job growing it.

    I know you have been talking about kombucha for a couple of weeks, but had no idea until tonight that it was fermented tea. I wish you luck with this batch. I'd never heard of it before.

    Thanks for sharing your walks with your friend, the lovely flowers you found on your walks, your beautiful postcard, your garlic harvest, and your kombucha with us for T this Tuesday, dear Lisca.

  4. How interesting that you sent a postcard, too, and such a pretty one, and that the happy couple who got it sent a reply. Hope you will enjoy our kombucha when it is ready. We used to make that a lot back in the 1990s, it was 'in' then. It's supposed to be very healthy, too. Enjoy your garlic, nothing like home-grown produce!Have a great week, happy T Day! hugs, Valerie

  5. That postcard is beautiful. I love those tile patterns. Teddy said he likes the look of the honey flavored kombucha. Nice photos from your walks. The garlic looks great. Happy T-Day!

  6. Those Moorish tile patterns are beautiful. The style spread throughout the Spanish colonial world -- in Mexico, they also use similar motifs on tile work. I love your post cards.

    be well... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  7. Those Moorish tile patterns are beautiful. The style spread throughout the Spanish colonial world -- in Mexico, they also use similar motifs on tile work. I love your post cards.

    be well... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  8. Wow that garlic haul is wonderful! You're just so industrious ~ It's terrific to see! Your walk looks adventurous, and I love all the flowers you found. I hope your kombucha tastes good :) Enjoy your week!

  9. The tile patterns look lovely and the postcards so colourful. Your walk photos were great and good that you use some of the herbs and plants you find. I will be interested to read what you think of the tea when you complete the process and fermentation, I hope it tastes good when you drink it or do you have to wait a while for it to mature in the bottle.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

  10. Azul - Azulejos - very clever. The designs and tiles are lovely. We have them here too. I'm waiting to hear what your kombucha tastes like. That's quite a garlic harvest! I wonder if you use that much garlic in a year. I don't think we do.

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

  11. So much garlic! And I loved seeing your kombucha bottling. I haven't played around with my flavoring in a while but the peach sounds delicious. Did you use peach juice or cut up fruit?
    I love your postcards this week. Those Arabic designs are beautiful. I am quite partial to them and would love to have tile like that in my house.
    The pictures from your walk really show the landscape where you are. I love seeing your everyday surroundings as it is very different from ours.
    Happy Tea Day,

  12. We gave that game to the kids for Christmas presents last year. Fun :) That looks like a lovely place for a long walk, and how nice to have somebody to walk with on a regular basis. Happy T Tuesday!

  13. Loving those Portuguese tiles - beautiful! The veggies all look so amazing, you really got a great crop of garlic 😀. Sending you Happy T Day wishes and wishing you well! Hugs, Jo x

  14. This is a fabulous post. All that garlic and bean seeds an St. John's Wart. The cards are very pretty. The terrain there is just gorgeous.

  15. Nice that you are getting a harvest already. And hope your kombucha comes out tasty.And in your comment you asked about sophomores. Most US high schools are 4 years long. Each year has a name-starting with freshmen year 1. Then Sophomores year 2, juniors year 3 and seniors year 4. Then the kids graduate as long as they have all their credits. all kids are required to take certain classes and their no testing to see what direction students study, but kids can chose to take more technical classes or more academic or a mixture of both. Hope that answers your question Lisca. Hope it was a happy T day. hugs-Erika

  16. If Vampires strike you sure are safe.
    Sorry, you cannot give me such a punch-line to hit ;-)
    Sadly not a fan of garlic, though I am aware it´s healthy!! But we have neighbours who just overdo it, you cannot sit on the balcony anymore when they start to "cook".

    Oh, this is a fun post for sure! Which fairy tale was it where the girl had to put the good peas into a pot, the bad ones into another... and the doves helped her?

    Wow, some walks you do, great! I should do, too...

    A belated happy T-day to you!

  17. The tile postcard is just gorgeous. And Iris's comment just made me laugh. Vampire's won't be bothering you. 🧛‍♂️Lovely walks and views, too. Take care and Happy T Day

  18. What a a fabulous post card, I loved the Portuguese architecture when we visited many years ago! The fermented tea doesn't sound like a drink for me!! Well done for your home grown produce, the garlic should last you a while! It looks like a very secluded walk you took! Belated T Day Wishes, Hugs, Chrisx