Tuesday, 28 July 2020

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 28 July 2020 - T for little cup of joy and some history, plus a BBQ

reflections for the soul: if you wake up badly ... take a little cup of joy. Good morning)

Hello, Good morning lovely ladies!
Have you got your 'little cup of joy' ready? Then we can join Elizabeth and Bluebeard at the T-Party.

My postcard for today comes from the USA:

A  tongue in cheek statement that I don't agree with. But some people might. I do like a good glass of champagne at special occasions though. The back of this (advert) card reads: 

"When does luxury become a necessity? 
When it's Taitinger's Comtes de Champagne. 
One sip, and you'll recognize the elegance and finesse which are the hallmarks 
of Taitinger's style - and yours."

The stamps are interesting. I had fun reading up on these. Feel free to scroll past all this 'history lesson', as I don't want to bore you.

First of all Johns Hopkins was a very interesting man. Wikipedia writes this of him:
Johns Hopkins (May 19, 1795 – December 24, 1873) was an American entrepreneurabolitionist and philanthropist of 19th-century BaltimoreMaryland.
His bequests founded numerous institutions bearing his name, most notably Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Johns Hopkins University (including its academic divisions such as Johns Hopkins School of NursingJohns Hopkins School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Carey Business SchoolJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies).
Johns Hopkins grew up on a plantation. The Hopkins family were members of the Society of Friends (Quakers). In 1807, they emancipated their slaves in accordance with their local Society decree, which called for freeing the able-bodied and caring for the others, who would remain at the plantation and provide labor as they could.
Johns Hopkins is described as being an "abolitionist before the word was even invented", having been represented as such both prior to the Civil War period, as well as during the Civil War and Reconstruction Era. There are several accounts that describe the abolitionist influence Hopkins was privy to as a 12-year-old participant in his parents' emancipation of their family's slaves in 1807.
The Alliance of Progress was another thing I had never heard of. So I went to Wikipedia again:
Alliance for Progress  aimed to establish economic cooperation between the U.S. and Latin America.
The United States government began to strengthen diplomatic relations with Latin America in the late 1950s during the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower.
In March 1961, the newly inaugurated President Kennedy proposed a ten-year plan for Latin America:
  • an annual increase of 2.5% in per capita income,
  • the establishment of democratic governments,
  • the elimination of adult illiteracy by 1970
  • price stability, to avoid inflation or deflation
  • more equitable income distributionland reform, and
  • economic and social planning.
The Alliance for Progress achieved a short-lived public relations success. It also had real but limited economic advances.[11] But by the early 1970s the program was widely viewed as a failure.[18]
The program failed for three reasons:
  • Latin American nations were unwilling to implement needed reforms, particularly in land reform.
  • Presidents after Kennedy were less supportive of the program.
  • The amount of money was not enough for the entire region: $20 billion averaged out to only $10 per Latin American.
The Organization of American States disbanded the permanent committee created to implement the alliance in 1973.
So, what have i been up to this week? I go walking with my friend Antonia every Monday. Yesterday we just marveled about the abundance of crops and produce. Everywhere we walked we could see trees laden with almonds, vegetable plots full of produce and this orchard was spilling its fruit over the fence:

 There were pear branches and apple branches, all hanging over the fence.
 Halfway our walk, we came to an industrial estate and we stopped at the bar for a freshly squeezed orange juice and a glass of water.
The cigarette machine in the corner caught my attention as the company was called 'Coronavending'! 

We had a BBQ with our best friends the other day and I had bought lots of meat to cook.

We never even got round to cooking the lamb chops, so the next day I cooked the chops and made a lovely Rogan Josh curry.

 We are still enjoying the kombucha (all raspberry now. It is our favorite flavor). 

That's it from me today. 
Looking back over this blog post, I can see I have plenty of qualifiers for the T-Party.
Happy T-Day all!
Stay safe,


  1. Hi Lisca, I always enjoy your history lessons.
    Sounds like you had a great time with friends with good food. that's the best! Happy T Kathy

  2. Stamps offer such interesting history! I collected them a bit when I was a child but now I just like to buy unusual ones to use as postage — ironic since I rarely write letters any more, just use email. I used to send a lot of postcards, but also don’t any more because my blog posts are available long before a card would reach my friends.

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

  3. Lisca I am so glad I found your blog on Elizabeth's blog, your photos are interesting and I find Valerie and other's also have amazing photos I love to see here in Australia.... I HAD to follow you love your post. xx

  4. Fun with friends! Can't do the meat myself but the drinks make me very happy- all of them- including the Taittinger:) Happy T day!

  5. Sounds like a great week. The landscape is beautiful to walk in. And a fun evening with friends some fantastic, as does the curry on another day. Have a good week, stay safe, happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  6. We have a Quakers´ kindy right around the corner and will have a look if Johns Hopkins´ name pops up there.
    I loooove the pic od you two, so happy! :-)
    Happy T-day-day! :-)

  7. Wow ~ I would love to see all that fruit on a walk ~ How wonderful! I enjoyed the history, John Hopkins Hospital has answered a lot of health questions for people who couldn't find answers anywhere else. It's too bad the program failed and we are still trying to eliminate adult illiteracy among other things. Enjoy your week & your Kombucha!

  8. You looks as though you've been havin lots of fun Lisca. I found the biography of John Hopkins fascinating. I knew about the hospital and the school and of course they do corona virus stats that everyone is using here in the US right now. I hope you have a great T day and have another fun week Lisca. Hugs-Erika

  9. I enjoyed the history. I don't remember the Alliance for Progress at all. That shows how effective it was. Those apples just dripping off the tree are beautiful. I've never seen branches full of so much large fruit.

    Hubby looks very snazzy in his BBQ outfit. The lamb chops look lovely.

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

  10. I have this theory about my internet. It knows exactly when it's Monday at 4 pm, so it immediately goes offline. ATT said they'd send someone Tuesday morning between 8 and noon. Looks like they did, since I'm now online.

    LOVE that postcard. It certainly fits the T Tuesday bill this week. and the stamp is great, too. Yes, Johns Hopkins is a very respected name in the states. In fact, I get a lot of my COVID information from the site.

    You are SO lucky to be able to go out with friends and have drinks and food without worrying about catching the virus. I'm definitely NOT that brave.

    Thanks for sharing your food and drink with us, along with your postcard, for T this Tuesday.

  11. What an amazing cascade of fruit over the fence. I would love to see that much fruit growing in my garden. Walking is such a great exercise and it looks like you have some great views.
    That is great that you are getting together with friends. We have been as well and it is so nice to live normal even if others around us chose not to. your curry dish has my mouth watering! And your booch looks fizzy and refreshing.
    Happy Tea Day,

  12. Such a great postcard for T Day! It looks like you had a fabulous time with your friends and I'd love to try your curry, one of my favourites 😁. Happy T Day wishes! Hugs, Jo x

  13. Change coffe to tea and that’s my morning joy. Hmmm, I think I would have paired chocolate with the champagne instead of bread. To each his own. Looks like a lovely walk and a delicius cookout. Frsh squeezed OJ perfect as it’s very hot and humid here. Take care and Happy T Day

  14. This is truly a delightful post. Lovely photos and a special time with friends.

  15. No, I don't agree either, but add an apple or pear and some cheese to the bread and I'd be happy! Love the history lesson and the stamps - who would have thought to come to tea and learn so much. Pleased that you are getting out for walks with your friend. We noticed yesterday that apples and pears have done very well here too this year! Love your co-ordinating outfits for the barbecue! Belated Happy T Day, Chrisx

  16. Wonderful postcards again. The BBQ looked delicious. coronavending: what an unfortunate name. Happy belated T-Day!