Friday 30 September 2022

A Postcard A Day - Friday 30 September 2022 - Friday Smiles

 Hello lovely ladies,

Here we are on Friday again. The week just flies by.

Let me show you a fun postcard:

It comes to me from Poland and it is called: Her Ladyship Baroness by Dobroslawa Ruranska.

Dobrosława Rurańska

Born in 1990.

Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. Diploma in book graphic in 2015.

In 2014, won the Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for students of art schools.

Designs illustrations and poster. Collects all kinds of books. Lives and works in Katowice.


The stamp is very nice.

 I have written about this stamp before but I can't remember where, so here is a bit of info:

Jerzy Iwanow-Szajnowicz Warsaw, 14 December 1911 – Athens, 4 January 1943) was a Polish-Greek athlete who fought as a saboteur in the Greek Resistance during World War II and was executed by the Germans. Read more here.

The card was sent to me by Alina who lives in Gdansk. She has added round stickers with constellations on them. Cute.

So this part I had written a day before. Fast forward to today (Thursday):

I will keep this short but hubby took a turn for the worst in the night and I took him to the emergency department of the local hospital, where they did several tests. Then decided to send him to the big teaching hospital in Granada in a ambulance. He’s a bit better this evening. He is in The observation part of the emergency department. I’ve checked into a hotel opposite the hospital. So I have no funnies for you as they are all on my PC.
Our driver.

It is about an hour’s drive to Granada.

Hubby being settled on the stretcher.

I have since checked into a simple hotel, opposite the hospital:
The good news is that hubby is feeling much better, the urgency has passed. So that is my smile for today!
I will link up with Annie at A Stitch In Time to share my smile with all you other ladies.

Have a great weekend all!
Keep smiling!

Tuesday 27 September 2022

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 27 September 2022 - T for Jane Austen, a ferry trip and Canadian beauty spots

 Hello lovely ladies,

Here we are again on a Tuesday. The week has flown by I must say. Our holiday in England seems a long time ago, but we've only been home a few weeks. 

I will show you some photos later, but first let me show you my postcard for today:

It comes to me from Canada and features an artist's impression of Jane Austen's cottage in England, which is now a museum.
The info on the card reads: "For the last eight years of her life (during which four of her novels were published), Jane Austen, her mother, and her sister lived in a cottage in Hampshire, along the southern coast of England, which is now the Jane Austen House Museum."
On YouTube there is a walkthrough and a bit more info:

I must admit I have never visited this charming place. Here is a photo of the side entrance:

Jane Austen's House Museum is a small independent museum in the village of Chawton near Alton in Hampshire. It is a writer's house museum occupying the 17th-century house in which novelist Jane Austen spent the last eight years of her life. The museum has been a Grade I listed building since 1963.

The stamps are pretty and colorful. Shame about the ballpoint cancelation. 

The breezy glamour of pleasure cruising on the world’s largest group of freshwater lakes was the focus of Cruise the Great Lakes (circa 1937), created after the work of British designer Tom Purvis. Companies such as Canadian Pacific offered multi-day outings as a way for vacationers to relax and visit various destinations along their route.

Canada’s Picturesque East Coast (circa 1950) was designed by Saskatchewan-born Peter Ewart, who worked as a poster artist for Canadian Pacific and was also a painter and sculptor. Aimed at drawing tourists to the east coast, it highlighted three seaside destinations: Saint Andrews (also known as St. Andrews by-the-Sea), New Brunswick; Digby, Nova Scotia; and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Featured on the poster is the original Cape Forchu Lighthouse, which was in service for more than 120 years.
Eye-catching and elegant, travel posters produced by companies such as the Canadian Pacific Railway beckoned visitors to explore Canada’s wild beauty and urban attractions in the early 20th century. The five featured on these stamps recall what was a golden age of commercial art in this country.
Now for some more photos of England. Here is a photo of Salisbury cathedral and the family (daughter wasn't there that day, so only two sons and their families).

Below just an image of the street as we were waiting to meet with the kids.

This is the door to the cathedral area:

The chapter house:

And a double-decker bus:

Another photo of the chapter house:

We have lovely memories of the ferry trip. The flag is the French flag as it is a French ferry company:

Our cabin had four bunks but we only used the lower ones:

A view of Santander from our cabin window:

This vintage car was also in the queue to board the ferry:

One of our meals onboard:

As today I will be joining the lovely ladies of the T-Party organized by Elizabeth and Bleubeard, here is my drink. I had a glass of white wine and hubby had water:

That is all for today from me. Sorry this was a bit long but I hope you enjoyed the photos.

Wishing everyone a lovely T-Day,
Keep smiling,


Friday 23 September 2022

A Postcard A Day - Friday 23 September 2022 - Friday Smiles

 Hello lovely ladies,

Here we are at the end of the week. It has been a busy week for us, and for you? I will mention a few things that made me smile later on as this is what this blog is about. But first let me share a postcard that I have received recently:

What a great photo! It brings back memories for me as it could have been me in the picture. The picture was taken in the early fifties in Tampere, Finland. It was a pram race organized by the Tampere Newspaper Association. The card was sent to me by Mia, who lives with her elderly mother. She mentions that she is a born-again Christian (just like me).
The stamp is very pretty and colorful, but I have no idea what it is about.

I've not been able to find it on the internet.

Earlier this week, my Danish friend and I went to see an exhibition in Baza, our nearest town. 

It was all about the Iberos, a people that inhabited this area before the Romans. 
The figure on the poster of the seated lady is called La Dama de Baza (The Lady of Baza), and was found during an excavation of a burial chamber. 
Wikipedia says this:
The Lady of Baza (la Dama de Baza) is a famous example of Iberian sculpture by the Bastetani. It is a limestone female figure with traces of painted detail in a stuccoed surface that was found on July 22, 1971, by Francisco José Presedo Velo, at Baza, in the Altiplano de Granada, the high tableland in the northeast of the province of Granada. The town of Baza was the site of the Ibero-Roman city of Basti and, in one of its two necropoleis, the Cerro del Santuario, the Lady of Baza was recovered. She is seated in an armchair, and an open space on the side is thought to have contained ashes from a cremation.

The original statue is in a museum in Madrid, but we saw a replica at the exhibition. 

The exhibition showed how the people of those days (bronze age) lived and what artifacts they would have used. The building they used looks like a church badly in need of restauration.

I'm afraid I did not take many photos as we were busy reading all the information. It was really interesting.

Another thing that made me smile is our little harvest:

We harvested five ugly carrots and some red potatoes. 

Something is better than nothing. We also harvested five bags of green apples! So I have already made two apple cakes.

At the moment my friend from the Netherlands has come to visit with her partner and her dog. They come every year as they play a bridge drive in Portugal this time every year. On their way they always stop by for a few days. We have been friends since 1971!
And this is her lovely dog Roxanne:
In the background my hubby doing something on his laptop. The dog loves to lie on the rug, and I don't blame her. My house is tiled throughout, as is the way in a hot country.

Hubby is doing a bit better. No more fever. But the blood tests we did the other day have revealed that he is anemic, so today he is having a blood transfusion and some follow-up appointments have been made for two scans and some chemo in October. 

That is it from me today. As per usual I will show you some funnies (and 'thinkies') at the end.
In the mean time I will check in at Annie's A Stitch In Time and I hope to see you there.
Keep smiling,

Translation: When engineering creativity meets humanity. 

Translation: Japanese statue in which a girl with books has more weight than a boy with a mobile.  The best I've seen in a long time.  Brutal!