Friday, 30 April 2021

A Postcard A Day - Friday 30 April 2021 = Friday Smiles

 Hello lovely ladies,

It's Friday again and it's always nice to look back upon the week and count your blessings and give thanks for all the good things in life. Life is good, and there is always a silver lining whatever your circumstances.

I would like to show you some postcards I received and then show you what i have been doing this week. At the end there will be some funnies I collected along the way (from the Internet).

As it was King's Day in the Netherlands this week (the King Willem-Alexander's birthday), I thought I'd show you something Dutch.

I received this card in February. All typical Dutch things and this card filled me with nostalgia. I will tell you what each thing is, but if that doesn't interest you, feel free (and I don't blame you) to skip this bit.

01: Souvenir from the island Texel (one of those things you attach to your walking stick). 02:Dutch flag. 03: Tulip. 04: Forget-me-not. 05: A roll of peppermints. 06: Game pawn. The Dutch like their board games. 07: A glass marble. I used to play marbles as a child but I guess it's gone out of fashion. 08: A joint (perfectly legal in the Netherlands). 09: Key to the bicycle lock. 10: Pewter teaspoon with windmill. (Every family has at least one). 11:Stroopwafel. (Famous thin waffles with syrup). 12:Bitterbal (croquette type snack). 13:medal. 14:Chocolate bar. 15:Grass from Dutch soil. 16: Phillips light bulb. (Traditionally made in Eindhoven). 17: Delftware. 18: Nijntje. (In English: Miffy. Miffy is a fictional rabbit appearing in a series of picture books drawn and written by Dutch artist Dick Bruna). 19: Broken pottery. 20: Dutch coins. 21:Split peas. (We make our famous pea soup with that). 22: Frietje (French fry). 23:Pepernoot (Small candy typical of Sinterklaas celebrations). 24: Stamp of Royal Wedding (King Willem-Alexander and queen Maxima). 25: Sinterklaas (Celebrated on the 5th of December, on the eve of St Nicholas). 26: Flipje (The mascot of a jam factory, and character of children's stories). 27: Clogs. 28: Saving stamp from the Van Nelle coffee. 29: Dog tax badge from Amsterdam. 30: Soccer ball. 31: Cow (Friesian). 32: Sand from the Delta project 'Neeltje Jans'. 33: Hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles, which the Dutch eat on bread.) 34: Muisjes (Eaten on a rusk to celebrate a child's birth. Can be pink or blue). 35: Oma (Grandma). 36: Cheese. 37: Fresh herring with onions. 38: Heineken beer bottle top. 39: Salty licorice.

The fun bit is that there is a stamp of this image as well.

Then here is a lovely postcard of the beautiful Audrey Hepburn. Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 4 May 1929 – 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. She was half Dutch.

Wikipedia : Hepburn's mother, Baroness Ella van Heemstra (12 June 1900 – 26 August 1984), was a Dutch noblewoman. Her father, Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston (21 November 1889 – 16 October 1980), was a British subject born in Auschitz, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary.  Hepburn's early childhood was sheltered and privileged. As a result of her multinational background and travelling with her family due to her father's job, she learned six languages: Dutch and English from her parents, and later varying degrees of French, German, Spanish, and Italian.

After Britain declared war on Germany in September 1939, Hepburn's mother moved her daughter back to Arnhem in the hope that, as during the First World War, the Netherlands would remain neutral and be spared a German attack. While there, Hepburn attended the Arnhem Conservatory from 1939 to 1945. She had begun taking ballet lessons during her last years at boarding school, and continued training in Arnhem under the tutelage of Winja Marova, becoming her "star pupil" After the Germans invaded the Netherlands in 1940, Hepburn used the name Edda van Heemstra, because an "English-sounding" name was considered dangerous during the German occupation. Her family was profoundly affected by the occupation, with Hepburn later stating that "had we known that we were going to be occupied for five years, we might have all shot ourselves. We thought it might be over next week… six months… next year… that's how we got through". In 1942, her uncle, Otto van Limburg Stirum (husband of her mother's older sister, Miesje), was executed in retaliation for an act of sabotage by the resistance movement; while he had not been involved in the act, he was targeted due to his family's prominence in Dutch society. Hepburn's half-brother Ian was deported to Berlin to work in a German labour camp, and her other half-brother Alex went into hiding to avoid the same fate.

After her uncle's death, Hepburn, Ella and Miesje left Arnhem to live with her grandfather, Baron Aarnoud van Heemstra, in nearby Velp. Around that time Hepburn performed silent dance performances to raise money for the Dutch resistance effort.

Because this card arrived from Hungary, there are some beautiful Hungarian stamps on it.

Now let me tell you about my week:
We had taken all the recycling out a few days before, but they had moved the container for used oil. Today I found it! (I didn't have any oil, but it's good to know where it is).

On Saturday I made this amazing (and so easy) Jamie Oliver quiche. It's made with filo pastry, eggs and broccoli. You can find the recipe on YouTube. He calls it 'Speedy Quiche'.
I got my vaccination on Saturday evening at the Baza hospital car park drive-in. There weren't many people and they injected me through the open car window, after registering my citizen number. I was given the Janssen vaccine with a piece of paper listing the possible side effects. I had a bit of a head ache after 24 hours and I felt a bit tired on Sunday evening, but otherwise nothing.

Still bad weather. I wish it would rain in stead of just being somber and overcast.
Monday was another indoor day (Apart from going to the gym). I made a mung bean curry which ended up being too wet, so it became a soup.
Tuesday was a great day. It was King's Day in the Netherlands, so I watched the proceedings (they were indoors because of Corona). Then our friends popped by totally unexpected, so we had a great catch-up. I had two ripe bananas, and our friend said: I do such and such with bananas. So I did as he told me and the result was an amazingly soft and fluffy sponge cake.
Wednesday was another dark and grey day. Hubby's green house-poly tunnel is taking shape.
A blustery day on Thursday. I managed three washing machine loads as it all dries so quickly in the wind. That is a nice feeling and in the evening everything was folded and back in the cupboard. (And the curtain I washed and shortened is hanging up)

That was my contribution this week. Now let's hop over to Annie at A Stitch In Time and to Virginia at Rocking Your World Friday.
Have a lovely weekend,
Stay safe,

Translation: He: 'I've made you some coffee, my love.'
She: 'Here I am, you old fool!'


  1. I saw so many of those Dutch things I recognized and some I even have. The matching stamp was fabulous. Audrey Hepburn was beautiful. I never got to see her act, but I think she is gorgeous. Nice stamps, too.

    You certainly had a full week and a great thing that you got to have time with friends. And it was great that Andy gave you a recipe to follow, too.

    LOVED some of the funnies, especially the cat ones. Hope you have a great Friday and weekend, too dear Lisca.

  2. I thought your postcard list was interesting. Several items reminded me of my visits to Denmark. They have some very similar items. I loved the syrup waffles and salted liquorice when I was there. My nursery children loved Miffy. I hadn't realised Dick Bruna was Dutch.
    Graham is getting a nice veggie plot going there. Good for him. It is too hot here for that sort of gardening and we have very little plantable land. My dad would have loved it though. I have never used mung beans in cooking - only for sprouting. I am thinking of sprouting mini-greens again as Chris is not really into salads and I can never finish what I buy before it goes off, so sprouting my own seems like a good idea.
    A friend of mine was really poorly for a couple of nights after the Jenssen vaccine, so I am glad it hasn't affected you too badly. We both have our second Pfizer one this week.
    Once again you found some very funny cartoons. Several really made me smile this week. Kate x

  3. The new greenhouse is looking wonderful.. I’m glad you’ve had your vaccine with only few side effects. Really love your funnies....I read them out to my other half and we both enjoy a chuckle.
    Annie x

  4. Interesting postcard. I had no idea that Audrey Hepburn was half Dutch, that's really interesting. Looks like you've had another busy week and his Nibbs is looking well so all good there too. Loving your funnies especially the hearing aid one as we are waiting for my mum's to arrive but hope they are more successful than his. Have a lovely weekend. Hugs, Angela xXx

  5. I so enjoy reading your Friday posts. You are always so busy and full of life. I agree, rain or sunshine. The in between is hard to deal with day after day. So glad you got your vax and that bit smile on hubbies face. Have a great weekend.

  6. Oh you look like you've had a good week, your post cards are lovely, I'm sorry your weather has been dull and overcast ours is becoming more changeable so you might see a difference soon. Glad you got sorted on the vaccine front and glad you didn't feel too rough afterwards. The greenhouse looks amazing and I'm sure it will make a big difference. Your two banana cake and quiche look lovely. I hope you have a grand weekend and week ahead.


  7. Good morning, awesome postcards and stamps. sounds like you a nice week except perhaps the weather. I enjoy your photo collages everyone looks in good spirits and you chose some great funnies this week.
    Happy new week ahead-hugs Kathy

  8. Nono, my Nieces love to play with marbles, too!
    A joint on a postcard - that "cracks me up"! Cute rabbit, never knew! Do people still wear those clocs or is that like Bavarian Lederhosen? Oh, I love salty licorice.!

    Thank you, this was quite a journey. I´m helpless, though. I always mix up Holland, dutch,Denmark, Netherlands. Hubby fails to make me understand. Is there a trick to get it into the brain?!
    The stamp! Bummer!

    Audrey Hepburn was truly beautiful, interesting story, too.

    Your hair dryer matches your clothes, LOL!

    Huhh, the candles. And the paper clips, oh, help! I want those! Good one with the car, too. Love all your funnies.