Saturday, 1 June 2013

Cards no 550 - 556 - a little miscellany

Oh Gosh!
 I have not managed to upload any postcard pictures this last three weeks. I am, amazingly, now sixty cards behind. I cannot believe that I have received so many cards in just three weeks. That is an average of over three a day. It makes me wonder if there is any chance of getting this blog up-to-date and, perhaps more to the point, keeping it up-to-date in the future without sacrificing the need to do various other things, like wash my face and drink my morning tea.
And yet some of the cards are so lovely that I really must share them with the blogosphere. So in the future I shall endeavour to do a compromise. This will mean some cards don’t get very much research or description. That doesn’t mean they are any less valuable additions to my collection – they are simply the sacrificial lambs to being able to continue with this blog. Any way, here goes….

Card no 550 – Bryony and Mark 
Dove Cottage, Grasmere
Country Card Sent From: England, GB 
Place that Card Sender Lives: Sheffield 
Date Received: 8th May 2013 
Distance Travelled: 77 miles 
Time Taken: 1 day

It seems strange to now be the recipient of family cards from the Lake District having been the sender of so many from there in my youth. Dove Cottage was once the home of William Wordsworth.  I suspect a great deal has changed there since I visited it forty years ago when a few visitors a day was all it received.  Nowadays it has a major Visitor Centre.

Card no 551 – Xiaowen 
Hong Kong Metro map 
Country Card Sent From: China
Place that Card Sender Lives:  Fuzhou
Date Received: 8th May 2013 
Distance Travelled: 5,970 miles 
Time Taken: 29 days 
Postcrossing i/d -  CN-911638

This stylised version of the Hong Kong Metro is based on the idea of the London Underground map by Harry Beck (1931) one of the greatest designs of the twentieth century.

Card no 552 – Ashlyn 
Hong Kong Metro map 
Country Card Sent From: Singapore 
Place that Card Sender Lives: Singapore 
Date Received: 8th May 2013 
Distance Travelled: 6,834 miles 
Time Taken: 7 days 
Postcrossing i/d - SG-102214


Isn’t this a delightful Panda stamp.

Card no 553 – Martine 
Le Ferry-boat, Marseille 
Country Card Sent From: Corsica 
Place that Card Sender Lives: Piedigriggio 
Date Received: 10th May 2013 
Distance Travelled: 942 miles 
Time Taken:   days

Card no 554 – Dasha 
Russian Revolution Campaign poster 
Country Card Sent From: Russia 
Place that Card Sender Lives: Moscow 
Date Received: 9th May 2013 
Distance Travelled: 1,618 miles 
 Time Taken: 14 days 

The stamps included one of Russia's Winter Olympic's mascots.

Card no 555 – Maaike 
Country Card Sent From: Netherlands 
Place that Card Sender Lives: Roden, nr Groningen 
Date Received: 9th May 2013 
Distance Travelled: 388 miles 
Time Taken: 6 days 
 Postcrossing i/d – NL-1849420 

Card no 556 – Jo 
Rubens the Cat 
Country Card Sent From: Belgium 
Place that Card Sender Lives: Schoten, nr Antwerp 
Date Received: 9th May 2013 
Distance Travelled: 342 miles 
Time Taken: 4 days 
 Postcrossing i/d – BE-207987 

I like this owl stamp.

That's all for now...


  1. Gosh indeed - an average of twenty cards a week, does that mean you are also sending as many?! Sounds like you might need a detox holiday away from letterboxes ;)

    Unless it's really important to yourself, I'd say skip the statistics. For the Postcrossing cards you have them on your PC-account. For me as visitor of this blog, your notes re the first card are interesting as they relate to you and your family. But with many cards I think it would be sufficient info for most readers to know what countries they came from.

  2. Oh, how many nice postcards!
    I love specially the map from Hong Kong (I'm not sure if I'll be able to take a metro in this city!). And also the postcard from Singapore; it's difficult to get a postcard from there, and the postcards I've received/seen so far are always similar.

    And all the stamps are so lovely!

  3. All very nice postcards, and stamps - but I must say I hadn't seen the Olympic mascots yet and this one has to be the best, cutest one ever!

  4. These are wonderful! I can't find the card I want to send
    I think I will make you one ;D
    I love Panda bears-what a great stamp!

  5. These are just lovely. I always enjoy looking at your beautiful postcards and stamps. Thank you so much for sharing.


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