Tuesday, 21 March 2017

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 21 March 2017 - T for ... literateurs

Hi Folks,
Here we are again on Tuesday. 

I received a lovely postcard from Lithuania this week, which I would like to share with you:
It was sent by Zydrolè, (who now lives in Berlin. Yes, that's confusing)). She writes: "This card shows one street in Vilnius, Lithuania. A group of artists had an idea to revive the street and decorate it with artworks related to litterateurs. You can see on the wall various small objects made of metal, wood, glass etc in the honour of litterateurs. "

Yes, I puzzled about this word 'litterateurs' and looked it up. The Oxford dictionary defines it as: A person who is interested in and knowledgeable about literature. Merriam-Webster: a literary person; especially :  a professional writer. 

I found this photo on the internet. For everyone who reads Lithuanian literature, this place is like a temple. Artworks mounted on the walls of the Literatu street (Literatų gatvė) are dedicated to the literature workers: writers, translators, everyone who has link with Lithuania and is important for Lithuanian or world literature.

How interesting...

The weather here in Spain has improved again (since we had the snow) and we are able to eat outside again. Yesterday I made a quinoa chilli and found some mince meat in the freezer so i made some burgers, which hubby cooked on the BBQ. So my contribution to Elizabeth's T-party is this:
Our drink is Radler, my favorite beer when the weather is warm. It is cloudy as it has lemon juice in it.
Cheers! Me dears!

I have some more awesome street art to show you:
It can be found in Toulouse (France) and was made by Hendrik Beikirch in 2016.

One more thing I'd like to show you is this:
Many of you will have heard of the artist Denthe. She has a blog that I love to follow. She also publishes calenders (I have one on the wall). Lately she has started to create art on old maps and I just love what she is doing. This is her blog: http://denthe.blogspot.com.es/

The quotes are good too.

It is very early on Tuesday morning as I am writing this. I'm going to bed to sleep a few hours, then up early as we are going away again for a couple of days in our campervan. It is my birthday on Thursday so it is a little birthday treat really. I don't want a present, as I have all i could ever want. So just being out and about in nature and a bit of sunshine is a lovely present. (Consequently I won't be able to comment until Friday as the campsite we are going to does not have electricity or wifi. Hope you don't mind...)

Please join me at Elizabeth and Bleubeards's T-party

Happy T-Day,
Have a good week,

Friday, 17 March 2017

A Postcard A Day - Friday 17 March - Friday Smiles

Hello peeps,

I hope you are all well. Gosh, this week has really flown by and I haven't really done anything particular. Do you ever have that feeling? A week has past and I don't have anything to show for it. Let me tell you about my week and the things that made me smile (and the things that didn't).

Here is my postcard for today. It comes from Latvia. Wikipedia informs me that Latvia is a country on the Baltic Sea between Lithuania and Estonia. Its landscape is marked by wide beaches as well as dense, sprawling forests. Latvia’s capital is Riga, home to notable wooden and art nouveau architecture, a vast Central Market and a medieval Old Town with St. Peter's Church. Riga's museums include the Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum, showcasing local crafts, food and music. 

I love windows and doors, so this card is spot-on! A big smile!

The stamps are very nice too:
The stamp on the right is about a car racing track. (I looked it up). 
The track in red is for cars and the grey bit on the left is the track for motorbikes, and the little squiggly bit near the start is the go-kart track.

What have I been up to then? 

Friday I made a birthday card for our little grandson who will be one year old soon. I can't show you the card until his birthday. 

Saturday is baking day in our house and this time I made a large quiche Lorraine, to take to our housegroup meeting on Sunday. (Sorry, no photo either. I'm not doing very well here)

On Sunday, apart from going to church and going to housegroup, we usually Skype with family in Holland or UK. I use Skype to phone landlines, so I get charged (we're talking pennies). My account automatically gets topped up when it gets below a certain amount. Well, for some reason it didn't do that, so I spent Sunday trying to sort that out. Turns out that my card expires at the end of March, but they have already stopped payments. I haven't got my new card yet either. What a mess.

Then after a weekend of glorious weather, this happened on Monday:
Snow! And lots of it! Crazy weather!

As every Monday afternoon, we traveled to our little cave house in the country.We braved the snow (we have a 4x4 vehicle) But because of the bad weather there was no power at our cave house. We don't mind that so much as we have a log fire and a gas lamp. So I spent the evening reading and doing my jigsaw. More smiles.

On Tuesday, after a lie-in and some snow shoveling, we went to our favorite restaurant at 2 pm for a meal. More smiles. We went home again in the afternoon and did grocery shopping on the way.

Wednesday the weather was back to normal, so much so that we could cook the chicken on the gas BBQ that we have on the terrace. Big smile.

Yesterday I was lazy and spent all afternoon sitting in the sun reading my book. Huge smile! I'm reading Wilbur Smith's The Seventh Scroll.
I have already read River Gods which precedes it. Sofar it's a good yarn.
This afternoon I will be going with a group of ladies from the village, to a hot thermal pool that we have in our area. (I´m already smiling) It's open air, but the water is hot so I am looking forward to a dip. I don't dare take my new camera in case it gets wet or stolen, but I will take my phone at take pictures if I can.

That's my week and my smiles, which I'm going to share with Annie at A Stitch in Time and with Virginia at Rocking Your WorldFriday. Please join us if you can.

Have a good week with lots of smiles,

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

A Potcard A Day - Tueday 14 March - T for butterflies, beaches and a flowering pine

Hello lovely T-Gang! 

We have experienced an extreme change of temperature in 24 hours. Yesterday I was dressed in a t-shirt, having meals on the terrace in the blistering sun. Today the temperature is  around freezing point and it has been snowing heavily since this morning.

This is my postcard for today. It came from India. It shows a beautiful butterfly. It's called the Constable. The Constable (Dichorragia nesmachus) is a species of Nymphalid butterfly found in Asia. There is a wide distribution range extending from India in the west to Japan in the east. This butterfly has a wingspan of 7.0-8.0 cm. Isn't it gorgeous? I love the colour.

It's T for Tuesday so I will link up with Elizabeth at Altered Book Lover and show my drink. But before I do that I would like to share some more photos of our recent little trip to Cartagena. Here is a photo of some modern architecture:

It's the local police station.

It certainly is a city of palm trees:

On the second day we visited the mining museum (see previous blog) in a village called La Union. I spotted this remarkable building there:

When I got close enough to read the writing, I learnt that it was the covered market.
It has an entrance on each side. This is the side and the back, where the car park is. The main entrance was even more spectacular, but it was in a narrow street and I could not get a decent shot of it.
I did notice the crooked top....
We looked around for a place to eat and in a little back street we found this unassuming bar/eatery:
The meal was cheap and cheerful. In Spain we get the so-called menu del dia, which is a three course meal served between 2 and 4pm and includes wine or beer and desert.
This was our first course:
I had a potato salad and hubby spaghetti a la carbonara. The mixed salad is to go with the main course. We were drinking lager with lemon (the lemon juice makes it cloudy).

On the last day of our trip we went to the Calblanque natural park and walked along the (touristically) undeveloped beaches.

This beach is known for its fossilized dunes.
The rocks behind my husband were sandy dunes in geological past.
The flowers on the beach were magnificent. This is an Asphodel:
And there were pines growing that seemed to be in flower:
We've had several power outs while I was writing this (It always does that when it snows heavily, I suppose the weight of the snow on the local powerlines....)
So I hope I get to post this. 

Wishing you a happy T-Day all,

Friday, 10 March 2017

A Postcard A Day - Friday 10 March 2017 - Friday smiles.

Hello dear people, how are you all? 
It seems summer has arrived here in Spain. Boy, it's been so sunny and hot these last few days. That's not fair I hear you say...

Lets look at my card for today. It is a card I am sending from here. I've been writing it tonight and it is going to the USA. It's one of those typical houses in the old part of town and it has a beautiful wooden balcony. 
Baza is our nearest town. We were there yesterday and I shot this picture:
It's not the same house, but the same idea.

So what has happened this week.... Well, Friday we were still on holiday and we visited a beautiful natural park on the coast.
 Completely undeveloped. It featured fossil dunes, which I was keen to see.

And this tall plant. Kate Perry might know what it is...

Isn't it beautiful.

Saturday is baking day usually, but I didn't bake anything that Saturday. In the afternoon I went to Intercambio, to practice my Spanish. It was really cold in the upper room where we meet, so someone suggested we go to a nearby bar! Which we did.

Sunday is taken up with church and Bible study. We had a dedication in our church. (Children get baptized when they can decide for themselves, so a new born gets 'dedicated'.)

Everyone has their eyes closed because I think they just started to pray as I took the picture.

On Monday we went into town as I needed some embroidery thread. There is only one milleners in town and this is it:

They also sell yarn and fabric:

I tried to take pictures of the window display which had the famous Spanish mantilla combs with lace displayed.But there was too much reflection. The combs look like this (internet photo):

It is worn in the Easter week (Semana Santa) with a lace veil (another internet photo):
On Wednesday we went to the market. Hubby bought a couple of belts:

We had lots of little things to do that morning, the most important one was renewing hybby's driving license. It is only valid for 5 years. We didn't know that and inadvertedly let his heavy vehicle license expire. (In the UK you have your driving license for life). Bummer. Hopefully he won't need to drive anything bigger than our campervan.

After doing all our errands, we sat down to have a coffee and a bun. The weather is unseasonally hot, but that's nice, I'm not complaining.

I'm still wearing my gym shirt as we left straight from the gym.

I think I'll leave it at that. I'm off to visit Annie at A Stitch in Time and Virginia at Rocking your Week Friday.


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 7 March 2017 - T for statues and Cafe Asiatico

Hello lovely T-gang!

We have just come back from a few days away in our campervan. We went to a place called Cartagena, about two and a half hours drive from here. Cartagena is an ancient harbour town. Even before Roman times it was an important city. Of course we went to see the Roman theater (see Friday's blog). Here is a view of the theater.
 This is the harbour front:
There are lots of sculptures to be found. This one was fun:
This fellow was huge. I should have stood next to him for comparison. I could just about reach his elbow. (We called him Gulliver).

I think this is a sailor enjoying some shore leave.
 I found some street art too.
 I couldn't get near this one. There was a fence erected in front of it (with photos on it).
This could be a soldier. (He has a different uniform to the previous chap). He looks very pensive.

Now it wouldn't be T for Tuesday if it hadn't a drink in ti. Elisabeth and Bluebeard invite us to join with a drink. This is a very special drink. It is the speciality coffee that Cartagena is known for: Cafe asiatico.
This is how it's made:
It was very yummy.

Now let's not forget my postcard for the day:
It comes from Taiwan. This eroded rock is called The Queen's Head. They say it resembles queen Elizabeth's head on the British stamps.

I hope our T-Day queen, Elizabeth, is feeling a bit better today. She has been feeling pretty rough lately.

That is all from me today. I hope you enjoyed a little bit of Cartagena.

Happy T-Day all.

Friday, 3 March 2017

A Postcard A Day - Friday 3 March 2017 - Friday Smiles

Hello Friday peeps,
How have you been this week? I have had a fantastic week. There were so many smiles!
Saturdays are always busy as our friend David comes to help hubby with construction work. (We are still building our house). This time he brought me a present from his wife (my friend):

She crocheted it herself. I thought that was so sweet! 

Otherwise Saturdays are my baking days. I baked two cakes, one of which ended up in the freezer and the second one got shared between a few of us that come together at Intercambio. A get-together of Spanish people that want to practice their English, and foreigners that want to practice their Spanish. We meet in one of the rooms of the Town Hall every Saturday. There were very few of us this time (4).

Sundays we go to church, have coffee, cook and then have dinner at 3:30, than at 5 we go to our local church group that meets in someone's house in the village.

On Monday we did shopping and got the campervan ready, and Tuesday was a public holiday: Andalucia Day. There is lots going on then and there is always a 'romeral' when everybody comes together with their horses and people who don't have a horse go and look at the ones who do. The ladies dress up in Andalucian style and it is always very colourful.

I don't seem to be able to reduce the size of this photo, sorry, it's gone all funny on me.

Later on that day we went away in our campervan. We travelled to Cartagena, where I found a campervan park:
Ours is the first one seen on the right (it's an old camper). If you are able to enlarge the photo you will see my reflection in the window of the little office building.

On Wednesday we visited Cartagena, which is an ancient harbour town. The weather is lovely and warm.
I particularly wanted to see the Roman theater that was only discovered in 1988.

Yesterday we visited La Union, a mining town, and saw the mining museum. That was very interesting:
And as this blog is about smiles, here is one:
We were being handed our hard hats before entering the mine and people were taking pictures of each other. Suddenly someone offered to take our picture and I quickly slammed the hard hat on my head without adjusting the size (it must have been worn by a child before). Hence the funny angle of the hat.

Tomorrow we will be visiting a natural park and also try to get some shopping done. There is an English supermarket along the coast somewhere. But that will all be for next week's blog.

That's all from me today. I hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of my travels.
Now I'm off to Annie at Friday Smiles and Virginia at Rocking Your Week Friday. Hope to see you there too.

Have a good week,
With lots of smiles,