Tuesday, 15 August 2017

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 15 August 2017 - T for Coca cola and a silver wedding

Hello lovely people,

Happy Tuesday! Lots has been happening this week, so it's a rather photo heavy post today!

First of all Happy T-Day all. I'm joining Elizabeth and Bluebeard for their weekly T-fest. Please join us with a post with something drink related in it.

My week has been quite busy. There is the yearly fiesta in the village which lasts 5 days. Everyone with roots in this village has come back to mother 0r sister and people are seeing their school friends again and people that have moved away will come back for these 5 days to enjoy the fiesta. The village is full of 'tourists' I don't know.

The whole village had that 'buzz' about it.
We went to see a performance of singing called 'copla'.
It was held in the Little park just round the corner from our house. The older people came out in droves, as these are the songs of old that they all know and love.

We didn't care for it much (also because we don't understand the words) and didn't stay long.

There was the usual fun fair with rides and stalls etc. For the children they held a foam fest outside the town hall:
There were loads of sports activities and races:
Then Sunday night there was the parade. We didn't go to that as we had something to celebrate ourselves (but more of that later)

Then in the evening there were Fireworks:
The reason we didn't go to the parade Sunday night is because we were celebrating our silver wedding anniversary.
I made a huge cake (normal récipe x6!) and invited all our friends.
Here we are cutting the cake.
The party started at 6 with drinks and nibbles:
I've put this one in as I think it is the only photo with a glass in it so it can qualify for T for Tuesday.
Then those who had brought instruments tuned uyp and we had a singing sessión with some great worship songs to which even our non churchy friends happily sang along to.
The at 8 we started the BBQ. Hubby of course is the chef. We had to feed about 30 people.
I had made salads and side dished etc, as you do.
We left the washing up for the next day. I don't like to do that on the night, after a lovely party. But the next morning there was no wáter! It doesn't happen very often in our village, but ok, that was sod's law.
You can tell by the clock that it was 20 past 10 and still no wáter... (We did get it done. By 2 pm it was all clear and clean).

We are preparing to go on a road trip through Spain and France and England. (Leaving this Friday. I don't mind saying this as we have a house sitter) My sister is getting married and we will be visiting our family. So we were on the lookout for Little gifts we could easily take along with us. Apart from the usual olive oil which is bulky and wine is also bulky. We found a man in the village who makes soap with olive oil (no glycerine). It is lovely and soft on the skin especially on my face. I love it and we commissioned him to make some small gift soaps. This is the box of soaps with rose petals on them:
And we also got a box with soaps with olive leaves:
They are now all individually wrapped, courtesy of the wife, whom we met yesterday. Here is her husband in front of a huge piece of household soap:
Yes, that blue/Green man-high thing is soap! It gets cut up of course:
And sold in squares. Women here handwash their clothes and undies with that sort of soap.

Finally a few potos from Saturday night, when we went to the folk festival in the nearby town of Baza. We try to go every year. It is fabulous.

These are local dancers and the orchestra at the back are all from the local conservatoire.
There are always several dance groups from abroad. These are from Croatie:
In the introduction they said that all the clothes were hand made. Beautiful embroidery!

OK let's not forget my postcard....

It comes from Belgium and has a timeless feel about it. Coca cola is still going strong and I remember drinking 7Up, but I'm not sure if it is still being made....

Well done if you made it this far! Lots of photos this time. It does mean that in the coming 5 weeks I will keep a low profile or be absent all together as I don't get on with my Tablet. I use my camera for taking pictures but cannot put them on my Tablet. Anyway...we'll see.

Perhaps until next week. I'll do my best.

Happy T-Day all of you

Friday, 11 August 2017

A Postcard A Day - Friday 11 August 2017 - Friday Smiles

Good  morning ladies (and gentlemen),

Here we are again going through the past week and remembering all the smiles.

This arrived in my letterbox yesterday:
It is in Dutch as it came from my mum, but the fact was that I went:"Flip!, It's our anniversary this weekend!" We both had completely forgotten as we are busy preparing for our  rip to the UK. So Now we have organized a party on Sunday and will celebrate it with our friends. I contacted my pastor and there will be a Little 'do' in church during the service too. Now the 'panic' is over we can laugh about it. It will be a great party.

The other thing that arrived in the post was a postcard from Germany:
Do you recognize her? It's rock diva Debbie Harry, Singer of the group Blondie. I remember her and her music well. I don't know how old she was in this photo but I have seen recent photos and I must say, she ages well.

So what is happening this week... Saturday hubby harvested the grapes. Not a huge haul this year, but what there was, was decent:

We washed the lot and took them along on Sunday to our housegroup. (Not in that container of course)

I made a lemon pie as well. There are lots of lemons here and I had a large kilo tin of sweetened condensed milk in the larder, so it didn't take long.

As usual in summer, short crust pastry is a no no in this hot weather. So I had to make a sort of cakie base. My piping skills are zilch . All in all, not the prettiest cake i made, but it tasted very nice.

Then on Tuesday we went out for lunch again. Our usual place is still shut for the holidays, so we went to this rural hotel not far from where we normally go. We had the lamb shank again and this was my hubby's desert:
 That was yummy and very chocolaty.
I ordered a tiramisú, but was a bit disappointed, as it didn't taste anything like tiramisú, although it was a nice desert.
I have my hand on my breast as a large squirt of lamb shank gravy had landed on my top and as my hubby took the camera, I quickly hid the stain!

There is lots of excitement in the village as the anual 'feria' started on Wednesday. We went to the plaza in front of the town hall where they had erected a stage. Every group in the village demonstrated their show pieces. We had come to see some friends of ours who are part of a dance group. No this is not them in the photo.
It is a different group, but I wanted to show you this as the ladies are all wearing those embroidered skirts that I showed you a while back of my embroidery group. Beautiful.

Yesterday there was more excitement as they had a 150m long wáter slide in the high Street:

It was really long:
And lots of fun!
Now a few funnies:

I suppose that first one with the lady on the bike is not really funny. Poor child!
The last one is: Poor cat!

That's it from me this week. I am going to link up with Annie for Friday Smiles and also with Virginia for Rocking your week Friday. See you there!

Have a good week,

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 8 August 2017 - T for Norwegian doors, lamb shank and a Russian tzar

Good morning. Here is your first cuppa! The words on the cup say: Good day.
The text above it translates as: Don't complicate life,
Enjoy, Don't complain, learn, Don't get annoyed with yourself and SMILE.

Well, I'll gladly do that. (All of the above)

Here is a postard I received this week:
The mining town of Röros in Norway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Röros is also famous for the autor Johan Falkberget (1879-1967) No I hadn't Heard of him either.
It's also famous for the awesome Winter market taking place at the end of February each year.
This is the stamp,
The stamp is the Royal Palace in Oslo.

I love all those old doors, don't you?
The other card I received this week is an image of the last Russian emperor.
Not a bad looking Young man....
But the stamps are really awesome:

The are triangular in shape and represent Russian hand crafted shawls. The one on the right is Russian lace. Beautiful.

Last week, the restaurant that we normally go to was closed for the holidays. So we went across the highway to another restaurant, where we also know the couple that run it.
 It's called the Tres Sierras. Here is the dining room:

And we sat here by the window:

They have a new chef and the menú looked impressive. We were not disappointed. This was my first course: (Brie cheese, fried)

That was the starter. The first course was Salmorejo (a cold soup) and the main was lamb shank. It is my favorite way of cooking lamb. Slooow cooked and succulent. Yumm!
A nice drop of red wine and I was a very happy bunny!

Today is T for Tuesday where Elizabeth and Bluebeard host any blogpost with a drink in it.

 This is it for today. Sorry for being so late. I just got up late this morning and everything shifts.
We have market in our village on Tuesday mornings and they have to be off the streets by 1pm, so most of them start packing up at 12:30. So if I hurry up and get my but under the shower, I still have two hours to wander along the stalls. We are hosting a BBQ this Sunday and I am going to buy olives, pickles and salamis and perhaps some cheese.

Have a good week all,
Happy T-Day,

Friday, 4 August 2017

A Postcard A Day - Friday 4 August 2017 - Friday Smiles

Good morning lovely people! How are you all? Well, I hope.
Have you had a good week? I have. Let me see... what have I done this week... Are there any smiles to record?

On Friday the electrician finally finished the work on the downstairs flat. (Big smile)We now have a separate meter (We had been using the power from next door's cave house, which is also ours). He told me he would prepare the bill and bring it on Monday.

Saturday is my baking day. I made a large sponge cake, cut it in half and filled it with peach 'filling' as I had several peaches that were too soft to eat. I also made an Italian focaccia, which turned out very well. (Big smile)

Sunday is church day, after church we went to our friends' ice cream parlour and treated ourselves to an ice cream. (I'm rather fussy and this is the only ice cream I'll happily eat as they make it them selves with real fruit and natural ingredients.). I had the second from the top left which is cheesecake flavoured. (Big smile)

The weather is still very hot. Even at night it is 30 degrees C. The landscape is very dry and in different parts of the country there are fires. There is a lot of dust everywhere and every now and then there are these dust devils as I call them:
Monday I prepared the money for the electrician who would come today with the bill. We told him we'd pay him cash. The bill came to Eur 500 less than I thought! (Big smile). All official with taxes paid. He has a shop so it has to be correct. We were very pleased.

On Tuesday there was one almighty storm. It raged all day. Horrible! Like walking in a hairdryer. 

Our usual Tuesday restaurant was closed for holidays so we went to it's neighbour on the other side of the motorway, where we sometimes go. We know the owners. It is called Tres Sierras as you can see the three mountains from the restaurant.
We had a four course meal and my main was lamb shank. Something British people will be familiar with but here in Spain, it is the first time I have come across it.
It was delicious! (Big smile)

On Wednesday I spent nearly all day cleaning and sweeping etc after the storm. The stairwell was full of dust and twigs, leaves and debris blown in underneath the front door by the storm. The terrace was a mess where all the furniture was blown about.

You can see the atmosphere is still very hazy with dust. But we could see the funny side of things and count our blessings as there are countries with real cyclones and tornadoes.

Thursday was an ordinary sort of day until we got a phone call from a friend who was travelling back from Mexico. The person who was supposed to pick him up from the airport couldn't make it and he asked if we could come to Granada. So we got in the car and drove to the airport (one hour and a quarter on the motorway). It was great tosee him again. On the way back we got a first account of his trip to see his family. (Big smile again). We know his mother as she was baptized on the same day with us many years ago. She lives in Mexico so we don't see her.

That was my week. How was yours?
Lets not forget my postcard. I received many this week, but I will only show you this one:
It was sent by Eiko from Japan. The woman on the left is a bride. She has a White cloth on her hair called a Tsuno-kakushi -Hiding the horn (of jealousy) it symbolises the wife's obedience to her husband. The picture was drawn by Uemura Shoen. She was the first woman to be awarded the Order Of Culture.

Now for a couple of funnies,

That is it from me this Friday.

I hope you will all visit Annie at A Stitch In Time who hosts this smiling fest on a Friday. See you there!

Have a lovely weekend and a good week after that,