Friday, 20 October 2017

A Postcard A Day - Friday 20 October 2017 - Friday Smiles

Today is Friday and I'd like to tell you what made me smile this week. And perhaps I can make you smile too with a few funnies.

I've started my Postcrossing again. While we were travelling I put it on hold for a couple of months, but now I have seven postcards ready to send. They are going to Belarus, Poland, Germany, USA, Russia, China and France. Two recipients mentioned that they love horses, so I am sending these ones:

Dressage is a big thing here in Andalucia. It is beautiful to watch. It's like the horses are dancing. The other card is Diego Ventura, the famous rejoneador (a mounted bullfighter) practicing in the bullring complex in Ronda.
So what has made me smile this week? Certainly the weather. We've had rain! It rained twice, though not enough. But it's a start. The drought has lasted so long. The soil is hard and dry and crakced.

Last week I mentioned that they were improving our Little lane behind the house. Well a few days ago (before the rain) they cemented the surface. Because the Street is not suitable for a lorry to come up on, they have the cement mixer lorry, on a nearby road, on a lower level. That has a contraption with a remote controlled hose, and then they pump the cement through that. The chap in the photo is just squirting it in the right place.
It looks very neat now. We are very pleased.

That is it from me today. I'm going to link up with Annie at A Stitch In Time, hoping she had a fab holiday in the sun.
And of course I also usually link up with Virginia at Rocking Your Week Friday.

I'll leave you with some giggles (at the end)
Have a great week and keep smiling!

Now for some funnies.... Here are some babies and nappy situations:

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 17 October 2017 - T for Middlesex and cesar salad

Hello lovely people! Here I am again. I haven't joined the T-party for a while now as I have been travelling and we didn't have internet everywhere. But we are back now. It's good to be home again. Good to be in the sun again. Good to sleep in my own bed.

No postcard today from me. I haven't received any while I was away (I put my Postcrossing account on hold).

As it's T for Tuesday, I would like to share something drink related. When we were in the UK we visited many old friends and one couple of friends (C &D) took us out for lunch at the golf club in Farringdon (Somerset) which was about a mile from where we were staying. It was a lovely place with fantastic views:
Here is hubby (with hat) with C&D enjoying the view:
We ordered and didn't have to wait long for our order to come through:
Me on the left, then C opposite my hubby and lastly D.
Hubby had ordered a traditional pie with chips. We can't get this sort of fare in Spain.
The chips (US:fries) were really delicious.
Mine was a Cesar salad, but it was the strangest looking Cesar I have ever had:
The two 'lumps' were a sort of potato salad with perhaps a hint of chicken. There were two bits of ham and lots of anchovis. The yellow things are crackers and the lettuce is covered with a drizzle of yogurt. It might be typically English, but I usually have real chicken, croutons, Parmesan shavings and a special Cesar Salad sauce on a bed of lettuce. Needles to say I was disappointed. So we decided to have our dessert and coffee elsewhere.
We drove to Bath (an ancient Roman town East of Bristol) and visited the Bath Mill:
A gorgeous place. We all admired the lamps as we came into reception:

Further in there were more hats:
I took this picture from where we were sitting:
And to the other way:
Here is a close-up of the quote:
I think Jane Austen used to live in Bath.

I was so busy taking pictures that I forgot to photograph what we had for dessert, but here is a shot of what was on offer in the line of cakes:
The gardens are beautiful. It used to be a camp site and we had camped there with our motorhome(RV) only last year. Here is hubby enjoying the gardens:
I realize this has become a rather long, photo heavy blog post but I do want to share what I have been reading. I've read loads of books on my Kindle while on holiday, but this one was quite unforgettable:

This wonderful book is a  sweeping, three-generation epic novel that covers the lives of Calliope's grandparents, parents, and her own childhood It is a saga with a twist in the end as the protagonist Calliope is born a hermaphrodite (5α-Reductase deficiency). Middlesex refers to the name of their house in Grosse Point but also to her gender, which is in the middle between male and female. The first three quarters of the book is the family saga and the last part is about how Callie copes with being different.
I loved it. It is beautifully written and is 530 page long. When books are that good I don't want them to end. So 500 odd page is good.

Well done if you are still with me. I'm going to link up with dear Elizabeth and Bluebeard at T for Tuesday. Want to join me? Just include anything with a drink in it.

Have a good week everyone and keep smiling,

Friday, 13 October 2017

A Postcard A Day - Friday 13 October 2017 - Friday Smiles

Hello lovely people,
I hope you have had a wonderful week with lots of smiles. I feel so much better now I am back in the sunshine. The British weather was really getting me down!

I want to share some embroidery with you, that our friend Gill Trueman made. She has framed it and it is hanging on her wall. When we stayed with them, I took this photo:

It was inspired by the bark of a tree. Here is some detail:
I think it's beautiful. I didn't know she could embroider and she told me that she just 'messed about' with some bits and pieces she had lying about.

One of my smiles this week was the fact that the council is improving the little lane that our house faces. Our house is built on an steep incline (over four storeys). So we have access to the bottom lane as well as the top street (which is in the centre of the village).
This is the lowest floor of our house, which is still under construction:
It's a bit of a mess now and we get woken up every morning by the noise of the diggers etc.
They are also putting all the overhead powerlines underground. Hurray. In the photo you can see the pink/brown tube where the lines will go underground:
It will be really nice when it is all finished.

Remember the restaurant we went to in the UK with lamps that looked like hats? (My blog 22 Sept 2017)
Outside was an insect hotel.

I had never seen one before and I think it is a great idea. It certainly made me smile!
I have cropped the explanation so you can see:
I hope you can read it.

That is it from my this morning. I will be linking up  with Virginia at Rocking Your Week Friday. (The lovely Annie is  enjoying her hols, so no link-up there.)

At the end there are some funny doorstops that I wanted to show you.

Meanwhile, have a good day today and a wonderful week ahead full of smiles.


Friday, 6 October 2017

A Postcard A Day - Friday 6 Oct 2017 - Friday Smiles

Helo lovely peeps,
Here I am again, back from our long travels. I have been AWOL for a while as we did not have internet everywhere. The camp site where we stayed did not have wifi either.

We travelled on the ferry from Portsmouth (UK) to Santander in North Spain. We had to be at the ferry terminal at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning. We didn't fancy getting up in the middle of the night so we left at 1 a.m. and drove from Somerset to Portsmouth. We got there at 4 o'clock, joined the queue and slept in the car for three hours. On the ferry we had a nice cabin, so we could sleep as much as we liked. (Which we did).

On Sunday afternoon we disembarked

and drove as far as Avila (west of Madrid) where we found a nice hotel.

On Monday we drove down to Andalucia and we spent the night at our weekend home. 
On Tuesdays we always eat at our favorite restaurant  and eventually we arrived home on Tuesday evening. I spent Wednesday unpacking and sorting stuff and washing and drying. Luckily the weather here is lovely so, when the second washing machine load is finished, the first load is already dry and can be hung out.

Yesterday I made the menú for the week and we did the food shopping. I'm slowly getting on top of things. 

There wasn't much mail but I did receive two lovely postcards of vintage dresses. This is a cotton 'promenade dress':
It is American from 1862-1864. The stamps are special too.
The solar eclipse stamps are made with termal ink. If you press your finger on them, they will change color and lighten so you can see the moon! Isn't that clever!
This is a French evening dress from the House of Worth. It is made of silk and dates from 1898-1900.
The stamps have a fashion theme too:
They have Oscar de la Renta patterns/designs on them. them.

I think I will leave it at that. I will see you all I hope at Annie's A Stitch In Time and Virginia's Rocking Your World Friday.

Have a good week, with lots of smiles,

Friday, 22 September 2017

A Postcard A Day - Friday 22 Sept 2017 - Friday Smiles

Hello lovely people,

This blog is supposed to show postcards, but we are travelling at the moment and I have no scanner available, so no postcards until we get home. Sorry.

And today,Friday, is about smiles. Those we do have! Lots of smiles as we are seeing friends and family (which include grandchildren). e have 8 grandchildren. Seven of which are in the UK. Here is hubby playing with one of them:
We also have met up with many old friends and driving through the beautiful Somerset countryside (which is where we are based for the moment).

Here is my hubby (on the R) with our friends enjoying the beautiful view outside the restaurant where we had lunch.

The other day we went to a lovely place for a drink. The lamps made me smile. They were made in the shape of hats. These are top hats:
And these are ladies' tweed hats:
Sorry about the legs sticking out. That was a bit unfortunate.

Annie hosts 'Friday Smiles' at her blog 'A Stitch In Time', so if you have something to smile about, please join us.

My friend found this funny sign in Clevedon:
And my sister, who recently got married, showed me one of her wedding presents which made me giggle:
And finally another funny thing that a friend spotted:
I'll be linking up with Virginia at 'Rocking Your week Friday', although I haven't exactly told you what I have done all week. But hey....

That's it from me this Friday. Hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Keep smiling!

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 19 September 2017 - T for Stately home

Hello everyone,

Sorry I haven't been able to blog last week. We are travelling and it is not always possible.

We have been travelling all over the UK and last week we were in Plymouth (Devon) where my hubby's sister lives. They took us over the border into Cornwall to visit a beautiful medieval/Tudor house called Cotehele. I have already shown some photos of the exterior and the gardens in last Friday's blog post.
The National Trust is a British charity that buys, restores and maintains these old properties and opens them to the public. This particular one has stayed the same for 500 years. (Often these stately homes get modernised through the eras, but this one hasn't).

We first went to have lunch in their lunch room before the kitchen closes. And because I will be joining Elizabeth and Bluebeard for the T-Party, where we all share a is my drink:
Cornish cider! Lovely! The cafe had a beautiful ceiling:
Would you like a tour through the main house? I warn you, it is photo heavy!

The main house was beautiful. 
 This is part of the exterior.
I just loved all the furniture. This chair of turned wood is exquisite.
 Fancy a dining room table like this? I do.
The walls of the rooms were all covered in tapestries. This was against the cold as much as for decorative reasons.
 Behind one of the doors was a wine cupboard. 
Here is a closer look.
There were many bedrooms. All beds with heavy curtains. Again probably for the cold but perhaps also for privacy as all the rooms are adjacent, so you have to go through other bedrooms to get to yours.

The bedspread is lovely:
Here is another beautiful chair:

I love doors, as most of you know. So here is one that I liked:
Here is another bed:
It had rather fancy decorations. It was all made of ribbon:
It's not such a clear photo I'm afraid.

Then there was this impressive ebony cabinet:
Here is a detail:
Even in those days they had a children's high chair:
Another bed. I liked the wooden bed head:
Finally we got to see the kitchen:
I love that high bench/pew probably protecting them from the draft.
What a fantastic fire place! I'm sure whole animals would have been roasted on that fire.

Well done if you are still with me! It was a wonderful trip into the past. On the way out we enjoyed the stunning view over the river Tamar.
That is all from me lovely peeps,
Have a great week,
Happy T-Day,