Hello lovely ladies,
Here we are again, joining Elizabeth and Bluebeard for the T-Party. I have a drink, which I will show you a bit further down.
First I'd like to show you two postcards. The first comes from Russia and shows Emperor Nicholas II. He is a fine looking young man, who came to a sticky end.Wikipedia writes: Nicholas II or Nikolai II Alexandrovich Romanov (18 May 1868 – 17 July 1918), was the last Emperor of All Russia, ruling from 1 November 1894 until his forced abdication on 15 March 1917. During his reign the Russian Empire fell from one of the foremost great powers of the world to economic and military collapse. He was reviled by Soviet historians as a weak and incompetent leader whose decisions led to military defeats and the deaths of millions of his subjects. By contrast Anglo-Russian historian Nikolai Tolstoy, leader of the International Monarchist League, said in 2012, "There were many bad things about the Czar's regime, but he inherited an autocracy and his acts are now being seen in perspective and in comparison to the terrible crimes committed by the Soviets."
The stamps are beautiful. In particular the large one
on the right
I love the old posters. This one is an original poster by Lantern Press. (No date given).
My mum celebrated her 96th birthday on the 5th. There are still travel restrictions so neither my sister nor I have been able to visit her. But we spoke on the phone (no she doesn't 'Zoom'. Her eyesight is too bad to be able to find it on her computer). One of my cousins was visiting her when I phoned and took a picture as I was talking to her.
Note her large talking wrist watch (as she is practically blind).
Last week we went to a place in our village that sells hessian sacks. (The big heaps are almonds)They are old coffee beans sacks from Ivory coast and Colombia.
They look new but they must have been used at some stage as these raw beans fell out of one of them.
Then we went to his carpentry workshop to fill some sacks with saw dust, which is going to be used as mulch.We collected three sacks of manure and five of saw dust.
The broom in in full flower. Yellow everywhere you look. I looks very bright.
This plant is called broom for obvious reasons: they used to make brooms with the dried bush. It is better visible on the next photo.
In the USA it is an imported species and as such very invasive. So if you live in the USA and see these shrubs, it means bad news, as they are difficult to get rid of.
Yesterday, I have been able to source a large picture frame. One of the large Chinese hypermarkets has opened again. And voilá, I have been able to frame one of my jigsaw puzzles. Needless to say I am very pleased. I would like to buy one frame a month (funds permitting) as I have many jigsaws ready.
Now for my T-Party qualifier: It's a 'tea' called Noches Magicas, which means Magic Nights.
Ingredients: Redbush, green anise, camomile, Penny Royal mint, Rosemary, Rose Petals, Liquorice and Ginger.
We bought it at our local Lidl supermarket and we like it a lot. So yesterday we went to buy more, but they had sold out already. I should have bought more at the time!
That's it folks. Wishing you all a very happy T-Day.