Friday, 18 December 2020

A Postcard A Day - Friday 18 December 2020 - Friday Smiles

Hello lovely ladies,
How are you all this morning? I must confess I am rather busy with preparations for our coming trip to Holland. There is lots to do and pack and buy and forms to fill in etc. The Netherlands is in lockdown and there are no shops open except grocery shops. We are going to have to stay in doors (quarantine) for 10 days, but I'm going to stay at my mum's so that was the whole idea. She won't be on her own this Christmas.
Let me show you my postcard for today. It comes from Finland but shows the national costume of the island of Muhu in Estonia.  It is a card from 1973, when Estonia was still a Sovjet republic. The artist is V. Tolli
 The island of Muhu is one of three islands off the coast of Estonia and has an area of 198 km2 (76 sq mi). On the map Muhu is coloured red.

The traditional costume of the island is very pretty:
What I like best are the socks
In present times there is a little cottage industry going with these hand knitted socks.  They also do gloves:
I love those. 

I am going to do some knitting when I am in Holland. I've packed some wool and some needles and I plan to make some socks (nothing as elaborate as these). I like to knit with round needles (magic loop). I did one pair many years ago and I have found those needles again, so they are coming with me to Holland. I might have to go online for a pattern or a tutorial as I have forgotten how to do the heel. I work from the toe up and cast on in the Turkish method. (Watch this space).

And here are the stamps.
The left hand stamp (lily of the valley) is from a series of wild flowers:
 The flowers in this series are: the common hepatica, the lily of the valley, the wild pansy, the harebell, the meadow buttercup, the red clover, the ox-eye daisy and the wood cranesbill. They are designed by Paula Salviander.

Now let me show you what I have been up to this week.  Friday didn't bode well as we overslept and the weather wasn't very good, but I did some baking and in the evening we were invited at our friends' house to help them eat the pizzas. Their youngest son who is a student, is at home as his course is postponed or cancelled or something. He has been able to get himself a job in a pizza factory locally. Hurray! Good boy! To celebrate he brought 6 pizzas home. We came to help them eat them. They are our best friends and they live two streets away, but we only see them once a month.
Did you spot the nativity scene (top right)?
I saw it outside a house on my way to the post office.

I started a new book. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. Has anyone read that?
My hubby has had some tummy bug. He decided to not eat at all on Sunday (only drink water).
And it was his birthday on Monday. Luckily he was feeling much better.My cousin's birthday card was really funny (with the fire men as there were so many candles)
On Tuesday we sorted out the craft room, which was in quite a state. It is now tidy and clean. As I said before, I found my knitting needles. I always find something when I tidy up.
On Wednesday my friend and I went on a long walk. I did something like 13000 steps. 
We spotted an abandoned mill. The door was open so we went in. All the equipment is still there. What a shame that it's not being restored.
Here is another picture:
At the top of the next picture you can see that there is a large hole in the roof:

And today (I'm writing this on Thursday night) we went into town to get some last minute things. We have a little cast iron parlor stove  in the craft room (visible in Tuesday's collage), and it's grill on the inside was broken. The bit you rest the logs on. So we went to a shop near us that sells woodburners, chimneys and chimineas and BBQs. They had a replacement.
That was my week. Plenty of highlights and lots of smiles. Do join us at Annie's to share the things you smiled about. And I also join Victoria for Rocking Your Week Friday.
And as per usual I will add some funnies at the end.

Have a lovely weekend,


  1. Oh another lovely post I hope all your packing and sorting for Holland go according to plan, A pizza night on a Friday sounds lovely and I'm glad your hubby was better for his birthday. The nativity scene is beautiful outside the house. Have an awesome weekend and week ahead and safe travels xxxxxxx

  2. Sounds like you will be ready for Christmas at your mother's. I'm sure you will make her feel better and you will, too. Happy belated birthday to Graham. I hope he had a great birthday.

    Loved your funnies, especially comparing 2020 to 2021. Have a safe trip and hope for an update on Tuesday. Enjoy your weekend, too, dear Lisca.

  3. Hope your journey is a good one and your stay with Mum all it should be.
    Thanks for the chuckles Lisca.
    Have a good Christmas
    Love lynn xx

  4. Happy belated birthday to Graham. Hope you made the best of the day together. Another lovely catch up of your week and fab funnies too. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your mum. Stay safe.
    Annie x

  5. Hi Lisca, pleased you are able to go to your mum's. We are doing the same but not stopping over night but it's not quite so far for us, about an hours drive. We are going early Christmas Day then back again Boxing Day. I can't leave her alone on Christmas Day but as we don't go anywhere and avoid people in the park when walking the dogs we should be okay and at 92 and just having lost dad this year I have to do something. Love the costume pics and the stamps are gorgeous. Love the funnies too. Stay safe and have a lovely Christmas xXx

  6. You have had another good week. I wish we had some more interesting walks around us. It is a short drive to the sea front, and that rather defeats the object, though now we can leave the village we will be going down there some days.
    Good luck with knitting the socks. They were one of the first things I was taught to make as a child. In those days we used four needles and I always managed to get 'ladders' where the needles meet.
    I see you have bought some danish whisks. I bought some and find them really good. I use them for bread or pastry rather than get my big mixer out, and they are very efficient.
    I think you are brave to take the trip to Holland but I quite understand why you are doing it. I hope the journey goes smoothly and you arrive safely.
    I look forward to reading your posts again when you get back in Spain. Kate x

  7. Crazy how borders shift. I think I´m half-Prussian, but maybe half-Russian.
    But what does it matter? Aren´t we all one?
    Lockdown here, too. Scary.
    Very good your Mum was not alone!!!
    Ohhh... the gloves! Beautiful!
    Ingo´s Grandma well.. I wear her socks made from "rests". they are the best!
    Very beautiful stamps!
    :-) Let me "help" eat a pizza! Thank you, you made me laugh (sorry I´m so late here).
    Dry washing?
    Hmmm. I´ll buy peas! The book sounds interesting, what´s it... oh, I could google that, right.
    Sorry for your Hubby! It´s always so bad when they suffer and we worry. But then: Happy Birthday!!
    A cold beer - you are tough! At the Christmas Market (back then) we got hot beer.

    Oh, that mill!!

    LIDL. I am still not used to seeing the "German" stores in other countries!
    LOL (underwear), and Santa, OM...