Tuesday, 18 January 2022

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 18 January 2022 - T for Jack Pine, a golden lamb and Gouda

 Hello lovely ladies,

I have another postcard to share with you today. And as it's T-Day, the day we join Elizabeth and Bluebeard for the T-Party with a beverage, I will show you a drink (or two).

But first my postcard:

It is a painting by A.J.Casson (Canadian, 1898-1992) and it is called: Jack Pine and Poplar, 1948. 
Wikipedia writes:
Alfred Joseph CassonOC RCA (May 17, 1898 – February 20, 1992) was a member of the Canadian group of artists known as the Group of Seven. He joined the group in 1926 at the invitation of Franklin Carmichael. Casson is best known for his depictions in his signature limited palette of southern Ontario, and for being the youngest member of the Group of Seven.
I had never heard of him, but what I have seen of his work, I like it.

This is him:

The tiny 'Permanent' stamps are all Canadian beauty spots

The top-left stamp shows Cathedral Grove in British Columbia’s MacMillan Provincial Park,
then top-right  the red sandstone cliffs of Covehead Harbour in Prince Edward Island National Park. And below the natural archway of Perce Rock in Quebec’s parc national de l’ Ile-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Perce.

Last week Kate Yetter showed us one of her beautiful watercolor paintings:

She had painted it from a photo:
I immediately wrote her an enthusiastic comment about this shop. But the comment somehow disappeared, so I hope Kate read it before it disappeared. If she didn't then she will be very surprised that I am featuring this.

The reason is, it is a Dutch shop and I thought it looked familiar, so I googled it and it turns out it is a shop in Gouda, not far from where I used to live in east Rotterdam!
The house was built n 1725 and is called: 't Vergulde Lam, and the address is Lage Gouwe 14, Gouda, Nederland. 
The name means: the gilded lamb and in fact it has a gold colored lamb on its gable:

I went to Google Earth and typed in the address. Then I had fun 'walking' around the area. This is a screenshot I took. The shop is on the left:

This is the advert in the paper when the house was turned into a shop and was opened in 1881:
Thee, coffee and chocolate. Own import of Chinese tea, from 70 cents and more, powder tea from 55 cents and higher and all sorts of Chinese fantasy packaging in boxes and tins; also flower tea 25 and 60 cents per package.
The coffee is being roasted following the German method, 40, 45, 50 and 60 cents per quarter kilo.
Chocolate of all types and prices. Samples and price lists will be sent upon request.
The brothers Kamphuizen.

Kate, I hope you like it, and when I go to Holland, I will visit it and send you photos.

Now for some beverages. The first one was my coffee on Friday. I had made cinnamon swirls the week before and I had kept some in the freezer. It was our treat on Friday.
Then later that Friday, I made a fish pie:

And I fancied a glas of white wine with that. You can also see a bottle of water in the back ground.

That is all for today. I hope to see you all at Elizabeth and Bluebeard in the course of Tuesday.

Stay safe,
Keep smiling,


  1. How fun that you knew and had even seen IRL the shope that Kate was inspired by for her sketch. How nice of you to feature it, too. Your postcard and stamps are always so interesting! And yummy food. I am glad my supper is in the oven, because you made me hungry! Happy T Day!

  2. Your photos of the street in Holland are really charming. The narrow-fronted buildings are so characteristic and appealing. No wonder they make a good subject for art work.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  3. I loved the story behind Kate's watercolor painting-how special is this? and that they are still open I'm thinking.
    enjoyed your post not familiar with fish pie but I love fish so am going to google this. Happy T hugs Kathy

  4. I do love your postcard this week and learning about Casson. He has such a distinctive style and his work looks very much like the time period he painted. And how fun you were able to find the building Kate painted and that it was so near where you lived. I like the street view that you showed. And sweet treat and fish pie both look delicious. Every now and again a morning sweet treat hits the spot, doesn't it? I hope you have a wonderful T day and week ahead too. Hugs-Erika

  5. Lisca, how fun you are familar with one of Kate's shop fronts. She did a fab job with it. Thanks for all the information on it too - super fun! Love the post card you received and the fun stamps. Fish pie - that sounds good - I am going to check out a recipe. Happy T-day and hugz

  6. What an enjoyable postcard. I'd never heard of Casson, so it was great learning about him. It was great to read about the connection you have with the sketch Kate drew last week. Your post is actually there. Our comments no longer show as waiting moderation, they just disappear. I know because I left three comments the first time she changed how comments are moderated. I assure you, she got it. And I enjoyed the connection, too.

    Now I'm really hungry. The one meal, the fish pie looked wonderful. Like the chicken pot pies my grandmother used to make. Thanks for sharing your postcard, your street in Gouda, the advert which was great, your wine, water, and coffee with us for T this Tuesday, dear friend. And thanks again for the card and goodies.

  7. Beautiful card and from another blogger I even heard about the seven - blogging is so much fun!
    Wow on the pic of him.
    Kate´s work is plain awesome. And such a funny coincidence.
    Oh, thank you for the input! I think I´ll take a walk around Perth and my lille home town!
    And the ad you found, a gem!
    Hmmm, yummy food, too - have a happy T-Day.

  8. That is a beautiful postcard painting and I do like what I am seeing here of this artist's work. I love Kate's watercolor shop fronts especially and how cool you have this connection to this particular shop! very interesting photos and history of this place- thanks for sharing. Your choice of a white wine with your delicious looking fish pie looks really good. Happy T day!

  9. That cinnamon swirl would be tasty with my morning coffee. It looks delicious! Happy T Tuesday :)

  10. OMGosh, I so enjoyed this post. I do know of and have seen A.J.Casson's art. He was and still is truly and inspiration. A very nice connection with Kate's art. She is very talented. Nice food and drinks too. Have a lovely day today.

  11. How fun to recognize the building as being from your hometown. It was so fun to read about. It's almost time for an afternoon tea. Your cinnamon swirl would be so good right about now. Happy T Day

  12. I have never heard of Casson but his paintings are beautiful! I will have to look up more of his works.
    I did see your comment, Lisca, and I was so excited to read your research on the shop. Thank you for sharing all this. I wondered what Thee was and with your translation, everything makes sense. It was SO nice to paint a shopfront that someone actually visited and had a connection too.
    Your cinnamon swirl and fish pie look delicious. I am always up for a cinnamon treat.
    Happy Tea day!

  13. The painters known as The Group of Seven are Canada's most vaunted artists. You can see a great deal of their work at the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg, ON. One of the great admirers of the Group of Seven, and an avid promoter of their art, is the American actor and comedian, Steve Martin.

  14. Great paintings Lisca ! Thanks so much for this lovely post. I didn ´t know this artist. The red shop is amazing, interesting to see it nowadays. Happy belated T-day ! this fish pie may be delicious.
    Have a great Friday
    Big hugs, Caty