Tuesday, 3 November 2020

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 3 November 2020 - T for bridges, persimmon and suffragettes


Hello lovely girls,
Here we are again. Boy, it's November already! This year has flown by, in spite of all the Covid stuff.  

I'm sorry that I forgot Second on the second. We've been so busy moving upstairs and getting the bottom flat ready for a couple and their 4 year old son. They live out in the sierra (mountains) and have to travel an hour and a half to get to Caniles to take the little boy to school, of which 30 km is mountainous dirt track. They were looking for somewhere to live, but most places here are cave houses and she feels claustrophobic in a cave house. Our house is newly built on the footprint of an old cave which has been demolished. We are expecting them to move in tomorrow.

Now for my postcard of today. It comes from China. It features the Yangpu Bridge in Shanghai.

The Yangpu Bridge is a sister bridge to the Nanpu Bridge, both crossing the Huangpu River in Shanghai, China. Yangpu is among the world's longest bridges, with a total length of 8354 meters. Its longest span of 602 m makes it one of the longest cable-stayed bridges in the world. Wikipedia
I found some images on the Internet and on this night photo I can see where the 8000 meters length comes from.

Below is another photo from the Internet which shows the enormous length of the bridge.
The construction of the Yangpu Bridge started in 1991 and it  was finally completed and opened to traffic in October 1993.

Yangpu Bridge was not originally painted, but as part of the worldwide Millennium celebrations in the year 2000, it was painted an attractive red. On either side of the bridge is a 2-meter-wide walkway for pedestrians, bridge aficionados, and curious tourists seeking an alternative experience of this remarkably beautiful bridge.

The stamps are really magnificent.
This red and orange one is called 'Dragon Leap' and commemorates the 20th anniversary of Hongkong's return to the motherland.

The next one is from a series called the Yangtze River Economic Belt. This particular stamp is called Multimodal Transport Corridor.

The whole series looks like this:

So what have I been up to this week?
I've started a new book:
 In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco's parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family's Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart as Ichimei and his family, like thousands of other Japanese Americans are declared enemies and forcibly relocated to internment camps run by the United States government. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love that they are forever forced to hide from the world.

Decades later, Alma is nearing the end of her long and eventful life. Irina Bazili, a care worker struggling to come to terms with her own troubled past, meets the elderly woman and her grandson, Seth, at San Francisco's charmingly eccentric Lark House nursing home. As Irina and Seth forge a friendship, they become intrigued by a series of mysterious gifts and letters sent to Alma, eventually learning about Ichimei and this extraordinary secret passion that has endured for nearly seventy years.

So far I'm enjoying this immensely. It is the first book by this author that I am reading.

I accompanied my dear hubby to his vegetable plot the other day. There i saw that the chard was ready to harvest and I cut off several large leaves so I can use them in the minestrone

We also collected some wood and brought that back in the trailer.

We also brought back a big bucket load of kaki (persimmon). 

Some of them were so ripe that I immediately made puree and put it in one cup quantities in bags for the freezer. I ended up with 20 bags of persimmon puree.
Here Elizabeth, is a palm tree for you.

When I went walking with my friend, we popped in at her daughter's and sat in the garden. I was sat under the palm tree and I remembered to take a picture.
I waited outside while my friend talked to her daughter, who is 8 months pregnant. She took these photos:
I love her house. Behind her elbow is a lovely window:

And the next room has all sorts of old chairs on the wall. Very artistic.

Now today is T-Day, so here is my drink:
I leave it up to you to imagine what is in it....

I'm going to link up with Elizabeth and Bluebeard at Altered Book Lover
Happy T-Day all!
Stay safe,
PS If you live in the USA you will be voting today. Yes, make sure you cast your vote as women around the world have suffered for the right to vote for women. 


  1. What beautiful scenes on the postcards and the postage stamps are fabulous too! Great the harvest the chard and to freeze all those persimmons, I noticed that they are now available in our shops so I plan to treat myself 😀. Take care and wishing you a very Happy T Day! Hugs, Jo x

  2. The bridge photos are fascinating. What an engineering accomplishment that must be!

    Your garden produce and purchases look wonderful,

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

  3. women were beaten and jailed for asking to vote...we voted for Democracy, a big change from what we've endured the past few years. We hope...
    persimmons... last year my CA friend sent me a box of them, so good. And the stamps are gorgeous as is the pregnant woman gorgeous! I will be drinking spiced wine tonight while watching dancing on tv I hope... LeeAnna in Colorado

  4. Thanks for the book recommendation. I have read one of her books (House of the Spirits) and it was a great book. I am going to check this out. I don't think I have ever had a persimmon. What will you do with the puree? Hope the move in goes well and all is well with you. Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

  5. That bridge is an engineering marvel. I was highly impressed. So glad you shared both the postcard and the two images from the internet. It gave a much more inclusive shot of the huge bridge. And those stamps are wonderful, too.

    I hope the renters get moved in comfortably tomorrow and don't have problems getting into town. Your friend's daughter is VERY pregnant, and I love her home. I once put some chairs on my wall, too.

    You got a LOT of puree out of those persimmons. So glad you were able to save them.

    Thanks for sharing the PALM tree, too. I love it. So sweet of you to think of me.

    Thanks also for the postcard, the book review, the persimmon puree, and your mug that you know I'll be putting coffee in, for T this Tuesday, dear friend.

  6. Lovely postcard and stamps, and so much fascinating information, thanks so much! Love the look of the persimmons, they are great. Hope you get on well with your renters, sounds like a lot of work. Have a happy T Day and a great week, stay safe, Valerie

  7. Amazing, such a bridge in 2 years! It took the guys here longer (not kidding!) to repair a road here.
    And for a bridge that goes over a highway here they plan 3 years!
    Wow, those kaki look good.
    Nice to see I´m not the only one with furniture on the wall :-)
    Love your quote!
    Happy T-day and hugs.

  8. Terrific postcard and stamps. Your book does sound intriguing. What are you going to do with all that puree?? I'm off to vote in a little while ~ Enjoy your week!

  9. The Yangpu Bridge is quite an engineering feat. I don't know if I would feel comfortable driving over it though. The stamps are amazing.

    You're still getting quite a bit from your garden. I'm impressed by the bucket full of persimmons.

    Hanging chairs on the wall reminds of the Amish tradition of storing chairs that way when not in use. It does look very quaint and artistic.

    Happy T-Day. Stay safe and stay well. Hugs, Eileen

  10. Fabulous postcard and stamps- amazing details in the art of the card and the architecture!
    Love Swiss Chard and we still have some growing:)
    And wow- what a LOT of persimmons!
    That is a lovely looking home- so cozy and yes, as Eileen says- with
    an Amish feel to it. Happy T day!

  11. I love Allende's writing, but I haven't read this one. I'll be on the lookout. That collection of old chairs is wonderful. It makes quite the statement. I voted early. Now, we wait. Happy T Tuesday!

  12. Yes, I have voted. I am so thankful for the opportunity to vote!
    Those stamps are beautiful and SO colorful.
    I haven't read this book but I have seen it on the shelves as it is quite popular. I will have to look into reading this one.
    You got a lot of persimmon puree. I have never had a persimmon. I wonder if this would be tasty in booch. They are beautiful to look at though. That bucket would make a lovely painting.
    Happy Tea Day,

  13. I love the postcard, that bridge is huge isn't it? The stamps really are fabulous - great to see the whole series! I hope you have settled in OK by now! The book looks to be a good story. You look as though you got value from your persimmon - 20 bags is a lot! Happy T day, Chrisx

  14. Hi Lisca, I enjoy learning the history about your postcards and these stamps really are beautiful. Your garden is amazing!! I do miss not gardening-I think I will look into some container gardening for next year. wow your swiss chard leaves are huge, and I love those persimmons! Happy T wishes Kathy

  15. P.S. Lisca: For tape transfer I went to KIK, a one-euro-shop and got cheap tape, those bigger ones, works perfect. I used an old credit card to transfer the motives, no laser printer or anything fancy like that required :-)

  16. Lovely postcards and stamps. That book you're reading sounds good. Nice photos. Happy T-Day!