Friday, 20 April 2018

A Postcard A Day - Friday 20 April 2018 - Friday Smiles Taiwan, painting, orchids, pasta and t-shirts

Good morning lovely peeps,
It's Friday again and the week is nearly over. I hope you all have something nice lined up for the weekend as it seems to be better weather in most parts of the world.

Hubby and I are going out with friends tonight and on Sunday I will be away all day learning how to take 'macro' pictures. (Photographing tiny objects, flowers or insects).

My postcard today comes from Taiwán:
The Sakizaya (Lit: 'Real Man') are Taiwanese aborigines, with a population of approx. 5000-10,000. Here is a photo from Wikipedia:
And as Taiwán forms part of Chine, the stamp is Chinese:

Yesterday I finished painting another two chairs.

Remember I painted a table and chairs? Well, I painted the table upside down and when the paint had dried and I turned it the right way up, I could see i had missed a few bits!
I have touched up those bits today and I painted another two chairs, and a wall cabinet which I want to hang in the bedroom with all my medical 'equipment' (You know: bloodpressure cuff thing, TENS machine, nebuliser, thermometer etc) and first aid kit and the usual painkillers.
But I'm pleased with how the table has turned out.

What else has happened this week... The weather has finally turned! It has been warm and sunny for most of this week. We went to the lake last Sunday with friends from church and we found some wild orchids:
Aren't they gorgeous?

I can't remember if I told you, but Dear Daughter came to stay (on her own without the children) and we took her to the market that is being held every Tuesday morning just two streets away from us.
I bought some veg and fruit. You can tell by the coats and jackets that it was still cold then.
Dear daughter wanted some olives, so we stopped at the olive stall. They sell all sorts of olives and pickles. The olives on the right have almonds stuck in them.
These are gherkins, olives and onions on a stick. Hubby likes those, so we got some. On the left is just a mixture of olives, gherkins and red peppers and onions. We had some of that too.

At the beginning of this month I have started going to the gym again. Half an hour aerobics and half an hour on the machines, three times a week. We have a really nice group of local ladies.

I've cooked some yummy things. One of them was this:

It's called Annabel's pasta. I found it more than 20 yrs ago when I was looking for cheap, nutricious meals for students when our kids were at uni (they are in their 40s now). It has pasta, boiled eggs, tuna and cheese in it. It is always a success.

If you fancy making that, here is the recipe:

(For imperial measurements: pasta 8.8 oz, butter 3.5 oz, flour 2.1 oz, tuna 7 oz, grated cheese 4.5 oz, milk 21 fl oz.)

This is it from me today. I'm going to link up with Annie for Friday Smiles at A Stitch In Time and I'll see what Victoria has been up to this week at Rocking Your World Friday.

I will leave you with some funny T-shirts.

Have a fun weekend and enjoy the good weather,

Hugs, Lisca

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 17 April 2018 - T for steak, St George and a patio

Hello lovely people, it is Tuesday again. The day I share something with a drink in it. We are all invited by Elizabeth and Bluebeard to join the T-party and link up at her blog Altered Book Lover.
Lets start with my postcard. It comes from Ethiopia, a place called Lalibela. Lalibela is a town in the Amhara region of northern Ethiopia. It's known for its distinctive rock-cut churches dating from the 12th and 13th centuries, which are pilgrimage sites for Coptic Christians. Carved out of rock, the subterranean monoliths include huge Bete Medhane Alem, and cross-shaped Bete Giyorgis. Many are joined by tunnels and trenches, and some have carved bas-reliefs and colored frescoes inside.

They are a UNESCO World Heritage site. On the card you can see the Bete Giyorgis (St Georges church) church from the top. Here are some images (from the internet) of the same church from different angels:
I find this utterly fascinating!

One of our neighbors are a couple from Denmark. They keep the house as a holiday home and stay there at least three times a year. They were here last week. We get on well with them and we always make a point of going out for a meal somewhere. Last week we went to this restaurant in the neighboring village of Hijate.

We had been there many years ago and had good memories.We sat at a table near the fireplace (it’s still a bit cold here). The waiter recommended the steak. We decided to share a large one between four of us and have some side dishes as well. I know in America eating steak is not unusual, but for us this was a real treat. Look at it. It is a sight to behold!

The steak was cooked on the fire, after being asked how we wanted it

Here are our Danish friends (with an empty glass!)

Ah, here is a glass with something in it! My hubby is on the left and one of our friends on the right drinking Coca Cola as he was driving.

Here is our steak being cooked.

And it was served sliced

In the back ground is a dish of roasted mushrooms, and the green veg on the slate with the chips are roasted green peppers.
My husband had a pizza.

Now for something different:
Hubby is doing the finishing touches to the build of the house. We have a strange triangular plot. I've taken the photo from the third floor so you can see the tiny patio that goes with the ground floor flat. Hubby found some tiles the same as the first floor terrace and has finished tiling it. Looking down it looks really nice. you can only see half of it as the other half is under the eves. It will be a shady place to sit in and i have already bought some jasmin plants to go on that white outside wall.
The photo below is nearly the same but here you can just see the wall our the owners of the neighboring piece of land have built on the corner. At first they had built a straight wall. No problem. But then some months later, while we were on holiday, they built the round bit (why?). It became very difficult to get our car round the corner. And car plus trailer is nigh impossible. We have talked to them but they don't want to take it down. We have gone to the council as it encroaches on the road, and they have served an order to take it down, but the family in question have ignored this so far.  It has been going on for several years now.  If we had the money we would take them to court! But it would cost too much, and it's not worth the hassle. In the meantime we have bought a smaller car. But still...
So, that is it from me today. I wish you all a great T-Day, and a very lovely rest of the week.

Bye for now,


Friday, 13 April 2018

A Postcard A Day - Friday 13 ASpril 2018 - Friday Smiles

Good morning lovely peeps,

It's Friday again. Have you all had a good week? What has made you smile this week? Do share it with us at Annie's A Stitch In Time and Virginia's Rocking Your Week Friday.

A few blogs ago I mentioned fridge magnets and how I would occasionally pick one and tell you about that one. I have picked one today that I have bought recently when I was in Holland:
Rotterdam is the place I was born and grew up in. It was bombed completely during WWII and consequently had to be rebuilt. As a result, Rotterdam is known for its modern architecture. The structure on the fridge magnet is a group of cube houses. This is what they look like in real life:

Cube houses are a set of innovative houses built in Rotterdam and Helmond in the Netherlands, designed by architect Piet Blom and based on the concept of "living as an urban roof".
There are 38 small cubes and two so called 'super-cubes', all attached to each other.
As residents are disturbed so often by curious passers-by, one owner decided to open a "show cube", which is furnished as a normal house, and is making a living out of offering tours to visitors.

The living room of the "show cube" in Rotterdam.
The houses contain three floors:
  • ground floor entrance
  • first floor with living room and open kitchen
  • second floor with two bedrooms and bathroom
  • top floor which is sometimes used as a small garden
The walls and windows are angled at 54.7 degrees. The total area of the apartment is around 100 square metres (1,100 sq ft), but around a quarter of the space is unusable because of the walls that are under the angled ceilings.
One of my favorite spots to sit and have a drink is this:
I came back with a suitcase full of Dutch goodies. One of them is 'hagelslag', 

chocolate sprinkles that Dutch people (yes, adults too) eat on their bread and butter.
This is a large box of 600 grams. I don't eat it on bread, but I use it to decorate cakes. This is last Sunday's cake:
 Now for my postcard. This one is clearly from Alabama. It is a reprint of a large letter postcard (ca 1930's-1949's). It was sent to me by a Dutch lady who has been living in Alabama for many years.

She used some pretty cool stamps:
I do like the little arrow that points to Wonderwoman.... could that be me?  Nah! But it's nice to imagine....

That's it from me today. I will leave you with some funnies about cake mistakes. I tend to think these are intentional pranks. I can't imagine anyone being that stupid....or that cakes are being iced by a machine....

Have a great weekend and a week full of smiles!