Hello lovely peeps,
It's Tuesday again and I have a lot to show you. I have some lovely postcards and stamps, there is news about my hubby's health and I had a birthday.
First off is this postcard from Japan. The info on the back reads Ogura Yuki, Bathing Women 1, 1938. From the collection of the national Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo.
It was sent to me by Yuko in Tokyo.
The stamps have food on them. Plums on one stamp and a meal plus drink on the other. This will be my first entry for the T-Party organized by Elizabeth and Bleubeard.
The second card is also from Japan and it features this world famous drawing by Katushika Hokusai. It is called 'Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji, under the wave off Kanagawa'.
I noticed the difference in price of the postage of the two cards. This one was 70 (Yen I assume), and the previous one 115 Yen.
In the afternoon my best friend came by and we lit the candles on a tiny cake that I had made.
Excuse my apron....
We opened a bottle of alcohol-free bubbly (hubby can't have alcohol at the moment). It was surprisingly good.
We finished it the next day. It went well with the pasta carbonara I made.
On Wednesday my new cooker was delivered. We use bottled gas (Butane) and the oven I had did not have a thermostat. There isn't much choice in cookers that run on bottled gas. But now I have one with a thermostat and I am 'over the moon'!
On Thursday we went into town to the local hospital to see the oncologist. It was busy as they were doing Covid vaccinations, so we had to use the overflow car park. That is next to the helicopter pad, so we could see the 'beast' up close.
I was allowed to be with my husband which is good emotionally as well as practically (He doesn't speak Spanish, so I have to translate)
The news was better than we expected. It's stage 3, so it is not metastasized and he only needs a bit of preventative chemo therapy and no radio therapy. We came away with a pile of appointments and paperwork and a lighter heart.
As we were in town, hubby wanted to go to the ironmonger.
When we got there we realized it was lunch time and decided that we would have lunch there.
It's a shop we have been coming to for 15 years, and they have everything. We went there even before we spoke Spanish, explaining with hands and gestures what we needed, and they have always come up trumps.
They have bird cages and cow bells. They sell tools and toys and walking sticks. Everything by the meter or by weight. You can get 3 screws and 2 nails if you so wish. (Not packs of 24, which is no good if you only need three).
Then we went for coffee at this restaurant near the hospital.
Hubby is discovering the alcohol free beers are not too bad at all.
On Saturday we had a Bible study at our friends' house as we are allowed to have six people together now. It was a 'bring and share' occasion. I made a cake in my new oven and it turned out beautifully.
This cake is called a 'ciambellone' (Italian for 'huge donut').
Someone else had brought these Spanish 'roscones fritos'.
There were lots of other goodies. Too much for 6 people to eat really.
On Sunday was my birthday treat as we went to a posh restaurant in town with our friends plus their son and his girlfriend (again, enjoying the rule of 6).
Everything was delicious, even the bread.
I had sea bass, but we all ordered something different and then shared with the dishes in the middle of the table. We do this a lot in our region. This week is Holy Week so there was only fish, but it was delicious.
My absolute favorite was the tuna tartar.
The green on the top is avocado and I never thought I would enjoy raw fish, but it was heavenly.
That is enough from me now. This has become quite long. Well done if you made it to the end.
Wishing everyone a happy T-Day,
and a very good week ahead.