Friday, 19 March 2021

A Postcard A day - Friday 20 March 2021 - Friday Smiles


Hello lovely ladies,

How are you al? We are fine and we have had lots to smile about this week so I would like to share them with you today (and with Annie at A Stitch In Time). But before i do that, let me share a sweet postcard I received from Germany. 

It was sent to me by Daniela who lives in a village of 4600 inhabitants in the south of Germany.  It features Lotte the tortoise and baby Luke. The photographer is Jutta Romer.

The stamps are beautiful. 

They show the Siebengebirge near Bonn. 

Siebengebirge means Seven Mountains, but looking on the map, 13 peaks can be seen.

The area in the photo (on the stamp) is called Drachenfels.

Drachenfels (Dragon's Rock) refers to the medieval ruins at the top of the peak, 

but there is also a modern and impressive interpretation of a castle three-quarters of the way up the slope.

 Schloss Drachenburg,  a neogothic castle from 1882 commissioned by Baron Stephan von Sarter. It has had numerous private owners, each leaving an eccentric twist on the castle (think potential Zeppelin landing pad, amusement park, and 1970s disco parties).

It is now owned by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and is open to the public. Its elaborate rooms and regal grounds offer stunning views of the river and valley below and on a clear day, castle visitors can see all the way to the towers of Cologne's Cathedral.

Now for my week. Last Friday was hubby's first day home. He had slept well in his own bed and the weather was gorgeous. Our neighbour Angel carried some sacks of pellets down for us as the forecast for this weekend is bad. (Our stove burns almond shells, pellets and olive pips)

Saturday held more smiles as my amaryllis is flowering for the second time, and I ordered a new cooker as mine just wasn't cutting it.

Sunday was another sunny day, and we even had visitors. My bestie looks after her older sister who has Down's syndrome. She loves my husband to bits and when she heard he was out of hospital, there was no stopping her!

On Monday I went to check on my postbox and 
there was a gorgeous Mother's Day card and some sock wool I had ordered. The wool is a nicer colour than on the photo. It's called 'wood pidgeon' and is grey, purple and white.

Tuesday is market day here in Caniles. Hubby needed some boxer shorts so I had a wander around the market. It always takes some time as I meet everyone and they all want to know how my husband is doing. I also bought some geraniums.

Wednesday we went to our vegetable plot and planted the plants that i had bought more than a week ago. Hubby loves going there and he can potter to his hearts' content.
Yesterday we had an appointment at the vehicle inspection (ITV in Spain) as we had a towbar put on our car and that needed a new inspection. ITV stations are purpose built and the same all over Spain. You drive your car in one end of the building, then through the different 'stations' where they do the different tests, and ten minutes later you come out the other end. Along the way, the employee gives instructions what you need to do. Hubby's Spanish is limited, which is no problem as i sit next to him and translate the instructions for him. But not during Covid. Only one person allowed in the car! So I had to go it alone. I was a bit nervous, but it was no problem. When that was all done, they told us that the documents would be ready in an hour or so, so we went and had coffee, bought more pellets at the petrol station and had a wander through a nearby furniture store. I saw some dining chairs. They were so comfortable and we both liked them, so we promptly ordered them.  I was told I would have to wait a bit as the factory has not been producing 100%, but I'm not in a hurry. 
As you can see, we've had a very good week. Hubby is improving every day. This coming week we are seeing the oncologist, so I will be reporting on what he/she said in my next Friday blog.

That's it from me. I have some funnies for you at the end.(Well, some of them are food for thought rather than funny)
Have a lovely weekend,
Keep smiling!


  1. Hi Lisca, sounds like a wonderful week, especially with your husband back home. I am so happy for you both. too cold here again to be outdoors, I think it is wonderful you have a garden space.
    happy weekend hugs Kathy

  2. Ohhhh, cute! And I learned something new about "my" country again, weird (or sad).
    Question: Does it smell like almonds/olives? That would be so nice!
    Outside in shorts and t-shirt?! -1C here... But YAY on your Hubby being home and well!!!
    Great it takes you some time on the market like that :-) Nice when people care. Still a strange concept, we get tomatoes and stuff on the market, not clothes...
    Hmmmm, spinach!
    What. Only one person... you nearly top the one trolley per person rule we have. Nonesense! Cuddle up in bed and not drive in one car?!

    Baaad, bad memories of throwing a stick for a dog (I´m afraid of dogs and he came back for like 30+ minutes)
    The poison, LOL! Oh, help, the twins! You have me laughing here!!!
    Lickie Stickie!!! Oh, help, I´m nearly on the floor!
    One day I´ll be with Thelma- This was fun, thank you!
    Hugs and smiles from here.

  3. Hello sweetie, I'm so glad hubby is improving and able to start to enjoy the fun things, keyboard and allotment sound fabulous pastimes, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers today with regards to your appointment. You seem to have a fantastic group of friends who keep in contact and having a catch up at the market sounds like a brilliant idea, your food always looks amazing, the apple and tuna salad had me intrigued, I'm going to make a concerted effort to actually take some photos this week, mine is somewhat devoid as I've been in a little bit of a mental low, but spring is coming to life and I'm sat in bed listening to the birds singing this morning which is lovely. I hope you have a beautiful and blessed weekend and week ahead.


  4. Good news hubby is improving Lisca, read back to see what was the matter, you’re both glad to be through that I’m sure. Praying it stays on a good healthy path. You’ve certainly nursing to do giving needles as well, I give myself one each night so know what it’s like.
    Lovely photos you’ve some nice weather and wonderful neighbours, enjoyed the funnies especially the walkie talkie one.

    Thanks for Sharing, God bless and keep you safe, and all those you love, hugs Shaz in Oz.x

    {Wonderful Words of Life - Shaz in Oz}
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  5. Hi Lisca, I absolutely love tortoises and use to keep them as a child. Those stamps are really special, love them even more. Bet you're pleased to have hubby home, he looks well though I think he's lost a bit of weight too. You always seem to be busy and this week is no exception. The funnies are brilliant, love the Downton Tabbies and the 50 shades of Hay....I must be an animal lover Lol! Thanks for asking about my mum she is home now but didn't settle straight away but things are picking up....fingers crossed. Sending hugs, Angela xXx

  6. It’s so good to see and hear that Graham is improving each day. Hoping his next check up has the news you want to hear.
    Annie x

  7. I am so glad to hear that Graham is getting better each day. I hope the oncologist has a happy report for you.
    I like the chairs. Good choice!
    You do have some very nice friends and neighbours to help you, especially with all the heavy lifting.
    I used to go through the IVA centre with Chris to help translate, but he is used to it now and goes on his own. Sometimes our mechanic, who always has the car for a check up first, takes it for us. The car is getting a bit old now but we are hoping she will last our driving days.
    You found us some really good funnies this week. Kate x

  8. You had a busy week. I love this card you got too. I am so happy that your DH is doing well and that you have good help around your place.

  9. First, I'm delighted to read that Graham is doing so well. I'm sure you are, too. Second, that postcard was PERFECT for you, dear. Simply made for you.

    Had to laugh at Monday's post. It's no wonder people have so much trouble with the English language. And it was good to see Graham puttering in the plot while you planted everything. You certainly had a busy week, including getting the certificate for your vehicle tow bar.

    Some of the funnies were GREAT. I loved the amphibious one and Granny stalking the firefighters. Sorry I'm late visiting, but it's been a busy time here, too.