Tuesday 16 July 2024

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 16 July 2024 - T for an anniversary, a BBQ and football

 Hello lovely peeps,

Congratulations to Elizabeth and Bluebeatd for hosting the T-Party for 11 years! I have been participating for ten of those. I am participating in a tea bag and postcard swap. These are the tea bags I'm sending to CJ:

The one on the left is a vanilla chai rooibos, and the one on the right is a night time herbal with camomile, fennel and valerian.

I couldn't resist sending her also a cold tea bag (an infusion in cold water) because of the name. It's called:
 I'm sending CJ only one bag, not the whole box, because I like Sex On The Beach too!

The postcard is one of Granada, the capitaal city of our province:
And when I was in Madrid last month I got this bull fighter seen from behind...
No, I do not like bull fights and I don't watch it, but this was a sight to behold.

I also have regular postcard for you and some photos of places I've been to this week

This card arrived from Russia in May before I went on holiday and I don't think I have shown this one. It shows rotating display cases in the Imperial Public Library. It was sent to me by Eugenia who lives in Chelyabinsk, in the southern Ural:

She bought the card in the library when she visited there. The artist is N. L. Shcherbak.
I haven't found out much about the library other than it is in St Petersburg:
And that the Imperial Public Library was established in 1795 by Catherine the Great.

These are the stamps:

Right on to something else. What have I been doing? I have a visitor from South frica so I have been showing her around. 

It's been very hot (and still is):
Her brother owns the neighbouring property and as such we have the use of the pool! Saturday we organized a BBQ for all the people she has been introduced to. We prepared chicken kebabs, and the usual sausages. Also some pork fillet.
There were 7 children enjoying the cool water and splashing around with thei dads.
Us older folks just stayed in the shade:
Here is my friend Dian getting a drink.

Then of course on Sunday there was the final of the 2024 UEFA European Football Championship (we're talking soccer here):

We were going to watch it in the town square, outside the council building:
But at 9 pm it was still very light even though the sun had gone behind the buildings. We decided to watch the first half of the game at home. Then at half time we would move. The interval was so shiort that we didn't get time to go anywhere, so we watched the second half at home too. Spain won!
We immediately went outside and found some friends at the bar behind my house and we celebrated:
For those who have noticed, I'm sorry the flag is upside down. No disrespect intended.
And for the really observant, there is a glass of red wine on the table, but it's not that obvious. That will be my 'ticket' to Elizabeth's T-Party.

And that, my dear friends, is all for today.

Happy T-Day all,



Friday 12 July 2024

A Postcard A Day - Friday 12 July 2024 - Friday Smiles

 Hello lovely ladies,

No Postcard to day or any photos from me as I'm not at home and have no access to my photos or postcards. But I've had a good week in spite of the heat.  

I have a friend staying with me from South Africa and we're doing our best to see things and enjoy ourselves in this extreme heat. It's between 35 and 40 degrees C all the time and it's very tiring. I'm writing this in the middle of the night and the outside temperature is 31 degrees!

But I do have some funnies for you. I hope they bring a smile to your face.

Have a lovely weekend. My plans for the weekend are a BBQ on Saturday evening at the neighbor's pool and Sunday of course we will be watching the football! (soccer) England is playing Spain in the final of the European championship.


Tuesday 9 July 2024

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 9 July 2024 - T for straw, smoothie and a schnauzer

 Hello lovely peeps,

I have another postcard for you:

This pretty lady comes to me from Belarus. It was sent to me by Jane on the first of June and she writes: "Today is the first day of summer, 24 degrees C." She talks about her dog Roxy and adds a tiny stamp, depicting her:
I guess it's a schnauzer. (Are you seeing this Angela?)
The stamp is beautiful.
It represents the Belarusian art of straw weaving. 

I found an article about Belarusian art and culture BellaBelarus and I quote the following:
Ancestors of Belarusians had been weaving from straw for thousands years. It was always interconnected with nature worship and cult of bread in particular. The golden age of straw weaving in Belarus was in 17-18th centuries. For example only in Belarus objects made of straw were used as church decor. Since 1960s Belarusian straw weaving has been on the rise again - new weaving techniques were developed and what used to be an elaborate craft has become pure fine art. 

And we are honored to represent on our website such a contemporary artist, Irina Sarnatskaya, a straw-weaver from Belarus.
Contemporary straw art by 
Irina Sarnatskaya

Here is the link if you want to read more.

A friend from South Africa is staying with me and we are doing all sorts of nice things as well as eating out:
Here is my drink for Elizabeth and Bluebeard's T-Party: a beer.

Spanish ham and cheese:

Saturday night there was a street party in my neighbourhood. In fact it was behind my house. It started at 11 pm and went on all through the night (well, until 4a.m.).
We stayed until midnight.

On Sunday we went to church but before that we had a churros breakfast at a cafe in Baza, my local town.

All the photos seem to be of my friend. Well here is one of me.

Posing in a street in our village.

My friend made a healthy smoothie this morning:
Blueberries, ginger root and cumin root, and water.

I didn't like it much. I'm not a lover of ginger (although I use it in curries) but the raw ginger tasted quite hot and I think the cumin should have been cut a bit finer as there were 'lumps and pips' to negotiate. Not nice but very healthy!

Here's a smile:

That's all from me today. 
It's midnight and time to post this.

Happy T-Day all!


Friday 5 July 2024

A Postcard A Day - Friday 5 July 2024 - Friday Smiles

 Hello lovely ladies,

How are you all? I have very little to report other than that I have kept a low profile because I was so tired after coming back from my traveling. But I do have a postcard:

It was sent to me by my friend Keren when she was staying in the Lake District earlier in the year. The postcard depicts the cover of the book which shows a montage of Arthur Ransome's own illustrations from the book. 

Wikipedia writes: We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea is the seventh book in Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons series of children's books. It was published in 1937. In this book, the Swallows (John, Susan, Titty and Roger Walker) are the only recurring characters. They are staying with their Mother and baby sister Bridget in a new location, Pin Mill on the River Orwell upstream from the ports of Felixstowe and Harwich and are in Suffolk to meet their Father, Navy Commander Ted Walker who is returning overland from a posting in Hong Kong (then a British possession) to take up a new posting at Shotley
Ransome sailed his own boat, the Nancy Blackett, across to Flushing by the same route as part of his research for the book. The navigational detail and the geography are both correct for the period when the story is set, unlike other books in the series.

I never read these books as a child. I think I would have liked them as I did read Enid Blyton and I liked the Famous Five. Did any of you read these books as a child?

The stamps are the normal English stamps, but I like the fact that the large stamp is one of king Charles. I still haven't seen many of those.

So, what have I been up to?  Not much really. I've been trying to follow a diet. I used to do Slimming World and got on well with that. I realise it has changed over the years and I have been going online to make sure I'm doing it right. And of course I had to buy lots of new products (Low fat stuff) and start using sweeteners, which I don't really like doing, but it will only be for a few months (hopefully). I will weigh myself on Sunday and will see if there is any difference.

Most of my plants are a bit worse for ware because of the heat, but my dipladenia is going great guns:

There is a sign on my way to the shops that always makes me giggle when I pass it:
I always think it says: don't pee on the grass. But the translation is 'Don't step on the grass'. That makes me giggle.

The other night we had the yearly Noche en Blanco, which means white night. It is a night time art festival in a city. Most towns will have one. In our village it was focused on fun and sport. Every type of sport practiced in the village did something on the streets:
weight lifting


Spinning, and much more.
Shops had little stalls outside their shops:
And many food shops offered tasting:
The boutiques offered bargains and there were many bounce castles for the little ones:

Needless to say the centre was closed to traffic.
A good time was had by all, as they say.

Those were my smiles for this week. And of course I will have some funnies at the end.

Have a lovely weekend,

Keep smiling,