Hello lovely ladies, How are you?
Today I will look back on the smiles we have had this week.
As per usual, one of my smiles is a card I received. In this case it is a card from Germany and I love it! This is where I want to be, in the garden in the shade, reading!
It is a painting by the artist Peder Severin Krøyer ( 23 July 1851 – 21 November 1909), also known as P. S. Krøyer. He was a Danish painter.
In 1870 at the age of 19 Krøyer completed his studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Art (Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi), where he had studied with Frederik Vermehren. In 1873 he was awarded the gold medal, as well as a scholarship.
His official debut as a painter was in 1871 at Charlottenborg with a portrait of a friend, the painter Frans Schwartz. He exhibited regularly at Charlottenborg throughout his life.
In 1874 Heinrich Hirschsprung bought his first painting from Krøyer, establishing a long-standing patronage. Hirschsprung's collection of art forms the basis of the Hirschsprung Museum in Copenhagen.
On a trip to Paris in 1888 he encountered Marie Martha Mathilde Triepcke, whom he had known in Copenhagen. They fell in love and, after a whirlwind romance, married on 23 July 1889 at her parents' home in Germany. Marie Krøyer, who was also a painter, became associated with the Skagen community, and after their marriage was often featured in Krøyer's paintings. The couple had one child, a daughter named Vibeke, born in January 1895. They were divorced in 1905 following a prolonged separation.
Krøyer's eyesight failed him gradually over the last ten years of his life until he was totally blind. Ever the optimist, he painted almost to the end, in spite of health obstacles. In fact, he painted some of his last masterpieces while half-blind, joking that the eyesight in his one working eye had become better with the loss of the other eye.
Krøyer died in 1909 in Skagen at 58 years of age after years of declining health. He had also been in and out of hospitals, suffering from bouts of mental illness.
The stamps are pretty too. There are two flowers and a new digital stamp called A Letter In Orbit:
Letter in Orbit by Bettina Walter. Here is a larger image of the whole sheet.
On Monday we celebrated 30 years of wedded bliss! They have been the happiest years of my life. We are still very much in love.
Our friend Dian gifted us with a Sachertorte and here we are cutting it on the day:
We decided to go out for lunch but on Monday most places are closed. We remembered the hotel on the edge of the village and (it being a hotel) was of course open.
We could sit outside
But that was too hot. The lady told us there was a table indoors, so we had that:
The above photo is from their website, but we sat at the table by the far wall.
We ordered a drink and got these dear little tapas. They are tortilla de patates. (Spanish omelet).
We had a lovely meal and we will remember that for a long time to come.
We've had lots of friends visiting us this week but I haven't really taken many photos. But we have had a super nice week as you can imagine.
I have some funnies for you at the end. On Monday we will be leaving on our trip to England. First we travel to the north of Spain, to Santander, where we catch a ferry to the UK. The ferry takes a day and a night and some. The trip to the north of Spain is 9 driving hours but we are taking it easy and have two stops on the way.
So the next few blogs (if any) will be short, as we will be staying in a caravan on a campsite. The only internet will be the data on my phone, so I don't know if I can write, let alone post anything.
Have a great weekend,
The next one is not funny at all. Apart from the fact that this person can't spell, it is just a warning: