Friday, 23 July 2021

A Postcard A Day - Friday 23 July 2021 - Friday Smiles

 Hello lovely people,

Here I am again on this Friday counting my blessings. It has been a very good week for me with lots of smiles. I confess I'm exhausted, but very happy. The main reason for smiles this week was the fact that my sister came to see me with her husband and they stayed two nights. I hadn't seen her in nearly two years.

More of that later. First off is my postcard:

It reads: Greetings from the Ruhr area. These cheeky miners must be the German equivalent of the British firemen pin-ups.
The stamp is one I hadn't seen before. It says: The stamp becomes digital

The new Deutsche Post stamps will have a matrix code next to the image to make the letters traceable. The code is scanned at two points along the route. This enables the consumer to see in the “Post & DHL” app when the letter is in the mail center in his region and when it will arrive at the mail center in the addressee's region. The delivery itself is not scanned - the sender cannot see via the app whether the letter has already arrived at the recipient. If you want to be certain of this, you still have to send a more expensive registered mail.
The new stamps, which are slightly larger than their predecessors, will in future be stamped with blue ink. This should allow the recipient to scan the matrix code after receiving the letter in order to get information about the delivery route and the motif. Post manager Meyer praises the new stamps as “attractive collector's items that now document the connection between the stamp and the digital age”. Every matrix code is different, which makes every stamp unique.

A good idea. I have tried to scan the code with my QR scanner, but it doesn't recognise it. Perhaps I need a special app.

Now let me show you what I have been up to this past week:

Last Friday my new knobs had arrived. I still needed one more knob for my bedroom dresser.

It is very hot, and it would stay that way all week.

On Sunday I made some pancakes, which were delicious. We had them in the evening, not for breakfast. But they tasted just as good.
On Monday I was preparing for my sister's visit. They arrived in the early afternoon. 
We took her (and her hubby) to our plot of land. The later we drove 40 minutes to a beautify spot to watch the sunset.

On Tuesday we walked along the market (sorry, no photos) and then we drove 50 km to do this canyon walk (La Cerrada del rio Castril). The video was filmed before Covid (not by me).
In the evening we had dinner with our Danish friends and we sat in the garden (of a local restaurant) until midnight. We had a lovely time.

Wednesday we went for an early morning walk. I had my sister with me and my friend Susanne also had her sister over for a visit.

My sister and her hubby had to go back home on Wednesday, and in the evening we got together with the Danes again (they live next door) to finish up all the leftovers in the fridge, plus some more. Again we had a lovely time. But now I am utterly exhausted.

I have no collage from Thursday as we spent the morning at the hospital and the afternoon resting and didn't take any pictures.
Hubby's platelets are still low (65,000), so the oncologist had arranged for him to see a hematologist. The latter was able to tell us that there is no underlying problem with the blood. After discussing things with the oncologist hubby is going to start on oral chemotherapy again, but a reduced dose.

That was my week in pictures. And as per usual, I have some funnies at the end of this blog post.
Please join me in visiting Annie at A Stitch In Time and Virginia at Rocking Your World Friday

Have a lovely weekend everyone, and keep smiling!

Friday, 16 July 2021

A Postcard A Day - Friday 16 July 2021 - Friday Smiles

 Hello lovely ladies,

Another Friday Smiles blog. We have plenty to smile about. Have you? 

A card in my mailbox always makes me smile. Today I want to share a beautiful postcard from Florida, USA. It features an aerial view of Everglades National Park which reveals the distinctive profiles of hammocks. These mounds of dry land support an array of subtropical life.

The National Park website gives me this info: A hardwood hammock is a dense stand of broad-leafed trees that grow on a natural rise of only a few inches in elevation. Hammocks can be found nestled in most all other Everglades ecosystems. In the deeper sloughs and marshes, the seasonal flow of water helps give these hammocks a distinct aerial teardrop shape.

Many tropical species such as mahogany (Swietenia mahogoni), gumbo limbo (Bursera simaruba), and cocoplum (Chrysobalanus icaco) grow alongside the more familiar temperate species of live oak (Quercus virginiana), red maple (Acer rubum), and hackberry (Celtis laevigata). This diverse assemblage of plant life supports an equally diverse array of wildlife.

Because of their slight elevation, hammocks rarely flood. Acids from decaying plants dissolve the limestone around each tree island, creating a natural moat that protects the hammock plants from fire. Shaded from the sun by the tall trees, ferns and airplants thrive in the moisture-laden air of these hammocks.

The stamps on this card are beautiful. I am particularly interested in the large one with an image of nuclear physicist Chien.Shiung Wu.

Wikipedia writes this about her:
Chien-Shiung Wu ( May 31, 1912 – February 16, 1997) was a Chinese-American particle and experimental physicist who made significant contributions in the fields of nuclear and particle physics. Wu worked on the Manhattan Project, where she helped develop the process for separating uranium into uranium-235 and uranium-238 isotopes by gaseous diffusion. She is best known for conducting the Wu experiment, which proved that parity is not conserved. This discovery resulted in her colleagues Tsung-Dao Lee and Chen-Ning Yang winning the 1957 Nobel Prize in Physics, while Wu herself was awarded the inaugural Wolf Prize in Physics in 1978. Her expertise in experimental physics evoked comparisons to Marie Curie. Her nicknames include the "First Lady of Physics", the "Chinese Madame Curie" and the "Queen of Nuclear Research"

I love to read about women who have accomplished great things in a time when women weren't allowed to do much. That makes me smile indeed.

What have I been up to this past week?

On Friday morning I went walking with my friend and her dog. We came past a herb processing plant. They grow lots of herbs around here: Lavender, Thyme, oregano, majoram and rosemary etc. The JBC was lifting herbs into a sort of burner (there was smoke) .
On Saturday morning we went walking again and we met this man and his donkey (with a sweet young lady). 
In the evening it started to rain, but that didn't last more than 10 minutes, so we could have our 'Intercambio' meeting in the park. (English speakers that want to practice Spanish, and Spanish speakers that want to practice English)

Sunday was very hot again (40 degrees) and we watched the church services. I also baked a cake in the evening as well as a courgette gratin as we were given a huge courgette.

On Monday hubby had rented a lorry plus driver to go and get some greenhouse frames that were for sale secondhand. It also had the netting to cover it.

On Tuesday we had lunch at our favorite restaurant. Outside the restaurant was a peach vendor. He also sold cherries. So we bought a kilo of each. He grows them locally.
I received a parcel from the USA with a vintage mini loom in it. I will tell you more about that in my Tuesday blog.

I'm getting ready for a visit from my sister and her husband. Here hubby is putting up a hand rail in the shower and also two towel rails in the bathroom. 
Then yesterday we went into Baza to collect this new residential permit for hubby. It is called a TIE and it is something all UK passport holders must have now that the UK is no longer in the EU. It is a handy little credit card size card, similar to a driving license. I asked if I could have one too, but I am not British, so the answer was 'no'. I have to still use the large green sheet of paper. Bummer!
We had come on the scooter, which is easy to park and lovely to ride in this heat. We stopped at a bar for a beer. This particular bar has very nice alcohol free beers, so we tend to stop there, as hubby can't have alcohol. We like a type of beer called 'tostada'.

That was my week. How was yours? Please join us at Annie's at A Stitch In Time and at Virginia at Rocking Your World Friday.

As usual, I have some funnies at the end.

Enjoy your weekend,
Take care,

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 13 July 2021 - T for windows, donkeys and kombucha

Hello lovely ladies,
Here I am again. I have three postcards for you this time as I have got so many to get through. The theme this time is 'windows'.
I am fascinated by windows and doors and I write that in my profile, so I get all sorts from all over the world. This first one comes to me from the Czech Republic. 
Of course it doesn't say where this particular house is, but it is just an interesting photo. We had shutters like that in Italy, so it could be Italy...
The stamp is beautiful and has several birds.

Emberiza Calandra, (corn bunting), emberiza citrinella (matchstick bunting), emberiza schoeniklus (reed bunting), emberiza hortulana (ortolan bunting).

The second postcard is a German house. To be precise, it is a house on an island called Baltrum .
Baltrum is a barrier island off the coast of East Frisia, in Germany. It is located in-between the chain of the seven inhabited East Frisian Islands. Baltrum is the smallest island in this chain by area and inhabitants. They call it the Sleeping Beauty of the North Sea.
It looks very beautiful.
Below you can see it on the map. Baltrum is the fourth island from the left.

The stamp is the usual one with the metro station Marienplatz in Munich.
My third card comes from Russia. It is sent to me by Sacha, who tells me it is minus 1 degree C (30F) on the 22nd of March.

On the side are the words: The Autumntime. The card has all chinese characters on the back. It's an interesting house. I wouldn't like to live on the top floor, as it doesn't look like the kind of house that has an elevator.
The stamps are very pretty. 

As it is T for Tuesday, hosted by Elizabeth and Bluebeard, I will show you one (or more) drinks. It really should be champagne as it is the 8th anniversary of the T-Party. 

I have started making kombucha again. I managed to get a scoby off a friend (scoby is the culture needed to ferment). I ferment sweet tea, when that is ready after about two weeks, I put them in sealable bottles for a second fermentation with raspberries.
This is my second batch. We started drinking the first batch.
That was at supper a few days ago. We had a sandwich with a bit of salad and a melon.

I still go walking three or four mornings a week at 8 in the morning (Yes, I know that is early but it is sooo hot here)
On Saturday we came across a man and his donkey (not unusual here, they still use donkeys for work or carrying stuff)

When he got closer we saw that he had decorated the animal in traditional trimmings (don't know what they are called)
The young lady let me take pictures.
And the donkey didn't care less.

Hubby came back with a bowl of apricots the other day. The were quite ripe, so I decided to make pie filling. 
Then I baked a cake with the recipe of a Dutch appeltaart. (Only in stead of apples, I put apricot puree in) The pastry is butter, sugar and some flour. Very rich.

Yesterday I made another cake as my herman is like a sourdough. I have to use it every ten days.
I had been juicing lots of oranges, so I have been able to grate the zest. I made an orange pecan cake, with an icing made with orange juice and icing sugar. 
In the photo I had just tried it to see if it was OK before giving a quarter to a friend. I don't follow recipes for my Herman cakes. I just add what I think it needs. Anyway, it is delicious and I have already given quite a bit away. Most people are happy to receive is chunk of cake.

That is it from me today. 
Have a lovely week and
Happy T-Day!
Take care,