Friday 28 August 2020

A Postcard A Day - Friday 28 August 2020 - Friday Smiles


Hello lovely ladies! Happy Friday!

Isn't he a cute little animal? He (or she) is called a quokka.

The adorable quokka — pronounced kah-WAH-kah by Australians — is a cat-sized marsupial, and the only member of the genus Setonix — their full scientific name is Setonix brachyurus — which is a small macropod. Other macropods include kangaroos and wallabies and like these animals, quokkas also carry their young — called joeys — in pouches.

I thought that would get you all smiling! Because that is what this blog is about: smiles! Let's join Annie at A Stitch I Time with the silver lining of our week.

Let me first show you my postcard from this week. I got another Inge Look postcard. Inge Look is a Finnish illustrator and I just love her images of the the naughty aunties having fun. Some of you might have seen this image before, because I already have this card. but I don't mind getting 'doubles'. They make me smile every time.

The card was sent to me from Germany and it has that lovely stamp on it about Freedom of Press.

So, what have you all been up to this week? I will show you what we have done. (Never a dull moment in our household).
We went to buy some essential oils and I met Jacqui who I had met at the Intercambio Spanish practice. We arranged to get together this week.
The book I read (Death at Eden's End) is set in the Lake District, in Derwentwater. A place that I have visited many times.
One of our grandchildren was being baptized in the UK and people had arranged a video link, but at the crucial moment (typically just as he was being 'dunked') the connection failed. It had been video-d so we watched it later.
Monday I went walking again and I managed to go to the post office to buy more stamps. 

Tuesday is market day in our village and we both went and had a quick look. Hubby had bought some trousers a few weeks back and he likes them a lot, so we looked to see if that vendor was there again. Yes, he was, so he bought two more pairs. (And a face mask as you can see).
I used my new pan again. I really like it.

Wednesday I spent a day in the kitchen. I had planned a roast dinner that day, as I had found a local chicken (corn fed), so I did an old fashioned roast dinner. (Yes, in this heat!) And it was lovely! I also cooked another lasagna, as Jacqui and her husband were coming the next day and i wanted to have it ready.
My sister sent me the black and white photo of us when we were children. (I'm the older one on the left). I will blog about that (and the building in the background) on Tuesday.

Yesterday we really had a fantastic day. Jacqui and Toni came. We didn't really know them, but we discovered we are on the same wave length and it 'clicked' and we had a really good time. We showed them around near our house (they don't live in our village) and we found this 'nest'. At least we think it is a birds nest. It has a small hole in the top. I'm sure Kate will be able to tell us yay or nay.

That was my week. How has yours been?
I'm off to visit Annie and Virginia at Rocking Your Week Friday

Of course I will put some funnies at the end. A mixed bag this week, interspersed with some words of wisdom.
Wishing you all a fab weekend and a good week ahead. 
Keep smiling!

Tuesday 25 August 2020

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 25 August 2020 - T for sunsets, cactus flower and good books.

Hello lovely ladies! It's Tuesday again and time for the T-Party. I will share a drink with you as soon as I find one, but first I would like to share a beautiful postcard with you. It comes from S.Korea and was sent to me by Hanna.
It depicts the statue of the King Sejong.

Wikipedia writes about this statue:
Statue of King Sejong is located at the SejongnoGwanghwamun Plaza in central SeoulSouth Korea. It is dedicated to the 15th century Korean monarch, Sejong the Great, the fourth king of Joseon dynasty and one of Korea's most famous historical figures. The statue is considered one of Seoul's major landmarks. Unveiled in 2009, it has been called "South Korea's most iconic statue.
The stamp is beautiful. It's a flower that I recognize but it's name escapes me at the moment.

 Would you believe I have not a single photo with a drink in it! I have bought a new pan the week, and there, in the back ground is a citrus press/juicer. That is as close as it gets to a drink. Sorry.

I'm very happy with my new pan.

Here is my drink reference number two. Peeps who read my Friday blog, know that I like to include funnies. This one made me smile:

We've had a busy week with our Dutch visitors. On one of the last evenings I took them to a beauty spot to watch the sunset. It was beautiful. They took some photos of us for a change:

Hubby did a BBQ on one of the evenings at the pool.
We are in the middle of cucumber season, and as you can't freeze cucumbers, I often find a plastic bag full of cucumbers on the door. (Kindly left there by one of my neighbours).
I bought some essential oil this week. This is a very strong thyme (tomillo in Spanish), that is good for the lungs in aromatherapy and it is nice to put just one drop inside my mask.
I finished the book I was reading: Death at Eden's End. It is set in England in the Lake District.  I have been to the village in which it is set, so I can imagine what it looks like. Eden's End is the name of an old people's home where a 100 year old dies in suspect circumstances.  It is the first of a series and the detective is a nice guy with a female side kick (possible future romantic involvement?) and an ex whom he still loves.
I enjoyed it very much. It was an el cheapo from Amazon for my kindle.

I'm now reading this:

Ken Follett, need I say any more?

My cactus is flowering again! What a beauty!

On Sunday I quickly baked some muffins (with pieces of peach in them). By no means perfect, but they tasted nice.

Yesterday I went walking again with my friend. We go Monday and Friday morning.

I'd forgotten my own walking stick, so I improvised with this stick I found on the way.

And now I'm going to join Elizabeth and Bluebeard at the T-Party with my meagre drink reference. 

Happy T-Day all!
Take care,

Friday 21 August 2020

A Postcard A Day - Friday 21 August 2020 - Friday Smiles


Hello lovely ladies, Happy Friday!
It's time to look at what made us smile this week. I have had a lot to smile about.
As I mentioned last week, it was our 28th anniversary and we went out for a meal. Fish and chips is a rare commodity in our part of Spain, so when we heard of a local bar serving this treat , pre-orders only, we booked a table. We had a lovely time, but the fish was a disappointment. I think next time we feel the urge to have fish and chips, we will drive the extra 100 miles to get proper cod.
The Frida Kahlo image is a crocheted wall hanging. I featured it in my previous blog post (Tuesday).

My best friend's daughter married a Dutchman and they have moved back to Spain since the Covid situation. They have recently bought a local property, so they will stay here. His parents, who have been friends of ours now for many years, came for a two week holiday. They had rented a villa on the coast but that is right in the middle of the Covid area and they don't dare go there. So they are staying here in the village which we consider Covid safe, and we are helping to give them a memorable holiday. They are farmers who live and work on an isolated farm and they have traveled by car without stopping, and we consider the risk minimal, so we have decided not to social distance. There are 7 of them so it's a lot of fun.

Sunday was a quieter day (lots of washing up to do, which hubby helped me with) and we did our usual church online thing.

On Monday I usually go walking with my bestie, but this time our Dutch friend came too. The daughter of one of them has married the son of the other. I don't think there is an English word for that relationship. Perhaps 'co-mothers-in-law.' In Spain we have a word for that:  'consuegra'. 

Anny is always showing pictures of her children and grandchildren, so here is one of mine:
My son Costantino and my grandson Luciano. It will be my son's birthday next week. He will be 44.

On Tuesday we spent more time with the Dutch family, and we took them to our weekend cave house and also to a view point where we enjoyed a spectacular sunset.

On Wednesday hubby and I went out for lunch. and did our weekly shopping on the way back. I also stopped at an ironmonger where I had seen some heavy pans. They still had them and I bought a large pan. My old one had lost its non-stick coating, and this one is heavy cast aluminium, so I think I shall enjoy using this.

Yesterday we spent the day at the pool with the Dutch family. This time they provided the lunch and had even brought along the charcoal for the BBQ. We had a lovely time.

There are some funnies as per usual (at the end). 

I'm going to link up with Annie at A Stitch In Time and with Virginia at Rocking Your Week Friday.

Wishing everyone a very happy Friday and a great weekend,

Hugs ,