Tuesday, 21 July 2020

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 21 July 2020 - T for black & white, a lake and some food

Hello lovely girls. It's Tuesday again! How that week flies!
It's time for the T-Party hosted by Elizabeth and Bluebeard. Please join us with a beverage of your choice.

I would like to show you a postcard I received this week. It is a black and white photograph entitled: Neith with Tumbleweed, Paradise Cove 1986. It is by photographer Herb Ritts.

Wikipedia says: Herbert "Herb" Ritts Jr. (August 13, 1952 – December 26, 2002) was an American fashion photographer and director known for his photographs of celebrities, models, and other cultural figures throughout the 1980s and 1990s. His work concentrated on black and white photography and portraits, often in the style of classical Greek sculpture, which emphasized the human shape.

Born in Los Angeles, to a Jewish family,[2] Ritts began his career working in the family furniture business. His father, Herb Ritts Sr., was a businessman, while his mother, Shirley Ritts, was an interior designer. He moved to the East Coast to attend Bard College in New York, where he majored in economics and art history, graduating in 1975.[1]
Later, while living in Los Angeles, he became interested in photography when he and friend Richard Gere, then an aspiring actor, decided to shoot some photographs in front of an old jacked up Buick.[1] The picture gained Ritts some coverage and he began to be more serious about photography. He photographed Brooke Shields for the cover of the October 12, 1981 edition of Elle and he photographed Olivia Newton-John for her Physical album in 1981. Five years later he replicated that cover pose with Madonna for her 1986 release True Blue.
Ritts was openly gay.

The stamps are beautiful.

The large 'Forever' stamp is a Post Office mural.

“Kiowas Moving Camp” (1936)
Anadarko, Oklahoma
One of the Kiowa Six, a group of 20th-century Native-American artists hailing from Oklahoma, Stephen Mopope (1899–1974) designed a multi-part mural depicting Plains Indian life. Mopope and Kiowa Six artists James Auchiah (1906–1974) and Spencer Asah (ca. 1906–1954) painted 16 murals with tempera paint directly to the plaster walls in the lobby, including “Kiowas Moving Camp.” They can be seen at the Anadarko Post Office in Oklahoma.
Anadarko got its name when its post office was established in 1873. The designation came from the Nadarko Native Americans, a branch of the Caddo, and the "A" was added by clerical error.[7]
In 1871, the Wichita Agency was reestablished on the north bank of the Washita River after being destroyed in the American Civil War. The Wichita Agency administered the affairs of the WichitaCaddo and other tribes. In 1878, the Kiowa-Comanche Agency at Fort Sill was consolidated with the Wichita Agency.

In 1901, the federal government allotted the lands of the Kiowa, Comanche and Arapaho Reservations, and opened the surplus land to white settlement. On August 6, 1901, an auction was held for homesteads and town lots. Around 5,000 people were living in "Rag Town" on the east edge of Anadarko awaiting the auction. Although 20,000 people were present for auction day, Anadarko's population dwindled to 2,190 in 1907.[7]
Agriculture has been the principal driver of the local economy, since the Washita Valley has been good for crops and livestock. The second pillar of the local economy has been Native American affairs.

I'm sure Elizabeth knows all about this, but for me as a European this is all very interesting and I hope that others have found it interesting too.
Now a bit more about me (us). Last week we went to our weekend home to check it out and do some cleaning.

Hubby focused on the outside and I cleaned the kitchen, including this old thing:

It's my old Kitchen Aid. The 'head' is fixed and that makes it awkward to get the paddle out. But it is a splendid machine and still works a treat.

In the evening we watched a DVD and had a glass of Baileys. 
The next day we went to our favorite restaurant, which has re-opened, to have a meal:
I had a char grilled chicken breast and hubby had his ham, egg and chips (not on the menu but made especially for him). My drink is a Radler (beer with lemon).

After our meal we drove to the nearby Negratín reservoir, to see what the water level was.

It was just below normal (the white bit).

The colour of the lake is actually turquoise and it's very beautiful.

Sorry, my finger got in the way.
The hill behind hubby is called Jabalcon. My header photo was taken from the top of Jabalcon by a friend called Edu.

Yes, we have to wear masks even there.

Lastly, when we were home again, it was time to open our first kombucha bottle. I asked hubby to carefully open it, in case it would explode everywhere. (Excuse naked upper body. It was very hot )

I had done a second fermentation with raspberries. (I had tried nine different fruits and flavorings, but raspberry is our favorite).

And it was absolutely delicious!!

That is it from me today. I wish everyone a very happy T-Day!


  1. That postcard is fascinating, Lisca. I enjoyed reading about the artist/photographer of this sculpture. It was fascinating how he met all these famous people by being in the right place at the right time.

    I also enjoyed reading about the post office mural. I've seen several of them, but not this one. I hate to say how saddened I always am when I read what we "white people" have done to the Native Americans. I sometimes hate to say I am from that area.

    Your meals look good. Glad to see you had your masks handy, too. Here people are too lax.

    You have a TON of drink references today from your Baileys to your Radler to your kombucha. Thanks for sharing your week, your food, and your various drinks with us for T this Tuesday, dear friend.

  2. I adore the T Day art intro! Very interesting history regarding the postcards and I always know it'll be a good read when I visit here. How nice you were able to enjoy being out at that beautiful lake even if masks were necessary- and to eat out too is a treat for sure anymore. Good job on the Kombucha! Happy T Day!

  3. Thanks for the history of the stamps and postcard. I think the post office murals were a great collection of stamps. I am always going online to buy my stamps so I have a choice of which ones I want.
    great that you are able to get out and enjoy dining out. we haven't done that yet with this covid-but we can't eat out much any more do to our different dietary restrictions.
    glad you are enjoying your kombucha that seems to be all the rage again. beautiful lake photos-Happy T hugs Kathy

  4. Interesting postcards this week.

    I loved seeing the pictures of your trip to the reservoir. The water is beautiful as well as the landscape.

    And I loved seeing your kombucha. You have excellent fizz. I haven't tried raspberry but I think I am going to have to give it a try.

    Happy Tea Day,

  5. That is interesting reading about your postcards this week Lisca. And I like the new header. And your visit to the reservoir. It looks a lot like the American Southwest. And I have an old Kitchen Aid too. It's a workhorse for sure. Hope you have a fantastic T day and a happy new week. Hugs-Erika

  6. You got some fascinating cards in the post this week, I love black and white photography. The new header is great. Your trip to the reservoir looks beautiful, what wonderful colours. And you had some good food and drinks. Glad your Kombucha turned out so well. I just have a small handmixer, so at least it's easy to clean! Have a great week, stay safe, happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  7. Wonderful postcard - and stamps! And thank you for the history lesson.
    Really, why didn´t we learn all this at school?! It takes minutes to read this - if I was younger... Blog-post on this in my mind...

    :-) Your kitchen aid looks "cute"! How it caressingly holds that container, aww.
    And the tiles!
    And don´t you love to get a meal for YOU at a restaurant? Wonderful! I can order half a pizza here. At Guido´s only, but, hey! So easy to make a "customer" happy, right?
    The water... oh, you´re so lucky!

    :-) Our neighbour stripped too, when Ingo gave him a new shirt, LOL. Thank you for sharing this, we are real people and this is real - and fun! - life :-)
    Glad it didn´t go boom and aww, raspberries!
    A happy T-day to you (have you seen "Elmo in Grouchland"? He has to give one-hundred raspberries to pass the garbage queen and ALL kids in the cinema helped! It also means to give a kiss in the air :-)

  8. Wonderful postcards and stamps. That water looks beautiful and cool. Happy T-Day!

  9. This was a fun read, Lisca.

    That gorgeous Ritts photo looks like a statue. Such beautiful composition and form.

    What a lovely outing you had. The color of the lake is truly beautiful. I wonder what causes that. Perhaps minerals like copper in the water. The few restaurants that have stayed open here only do take-out and delivery. It looks like it will be a long time before restaurants can open for people to dine.

    My first Mixmaster lasted almost 50 years. When I bought a new one, I was delighted to see that they've maintained the high quality.

    Congratulations on your kombucha success!

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

  10. The sculpture looks amazing, such an talented artist/designer! Your meal looks delicious and I so enjoyed exploring the lake with you too 😀. The kombucha looks very refreshing, perfect for a hot day! We make flavoured gins and raspberry happens to be my favourite flavour too! Take care and Happy T Day wishes! Hugs, Jo x

  11. I always enjoy the postcards and stamps. I can't get over the color of the lake! Water is too cold here so even during the Summer lakes and the Atlantic Ocean are shades of grey or green. Raspberry is one of my favorite flavors. I've never had raspberry kombucha. Stay cool and Happy T Day

  12. Hooray for Rasberry Kombucha ~ Yum ~ The hills and the lake are beautiful. I'm glad you got to enjoy a meal out as well ~ Blessings on your week ahead

  13. so many interesting historic cards and stamps!

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

  14. The food looks great and the scenery beautiful. It is very hot here, also! Happy T Day!

  15. Fabulous postcards and great information! I loved seeing the reservoir, beautiful area! Great that you got out for a meal!Happy T Day, Chrisx