Friday, 21 November 2014

Some November Postcards

My scanner is not working properly.  As a result I can't show some of the cards I wanted to but I still have plenty to show you.

2179 - From Anastasia in Belarus, another Blue Cats card for my collection.  This one has the delightful title 'Apotheosis of Motherhood'.

2177 - A postcrossing card from Tatsiana in Belarus - another orange cat by Irina Zeniuk, the artist of the blue cats.

2158 - This card arrived by snail mail as a postcrossing card from Gite in Latvia.  Or perhaps we should describe it as tortoise mail.

2176 - This postcrossing card from Russia came from Anon. who commented it would make q good emblem for Postcrossing...

2184 - From Susanne in Germany (one of many she has sent me) came this super card of Trinity College Library, Dublin.

2188 - And one of many from my friend Monica in Sweden - It's from "When Findus was Little and Disappeared", a children's book illustrated by Sven Nordquist.  (Findus is the cat!)

2191 - From Dai Li in China I was fortunate enough to receive yet another Chinese UNESCO World Heritage Site.  She also sent me some trinkets from her holiday in Japan this year.  So kind.

Monday, 10 November 2014

An update from around the world

2144 – Eva sent me this card of Morella, an ancient walled city located on a hill-top in the province of Castellón, Valencian Community, Spain.  Morella is one of the places where there is rock art which forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin on the Iberian Peninsula’.

2145 – From Monica in Sweden came this Pippi Longstocking picture.  I now have a few Pippi pictures. 

2146 – Danielle in the USA sent this postcard of books.  It hardly matters what books are on a postcard it looks attractive and interesting.

2147 – Hetty sent this postcrossing card, a painting by Jan Toorop (1858-1908) of the connoisseur of prints Aegidius Timmerman.

2149 – Debbie in the Netherlands, another postcrosser, sent me an Inge Look card I haven’t had previously.  Hooray.

Hopefully this link will take you to all my Inge Look cards.

2151 – Another one from Monica in Sweden but the folk costume is actually from Valdres in Norway.  Isn't that a splendid picture.

2153 – From postcrosser Michael in Germany came this card of Cologne Cathedral.  The third largest church building in the world, Cologne Cathedral is a UNESCO WHS.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Some Recent Cards

It is so long since I blogged and I have received so many wonderful cards in the interim.  Hopefully, all the cards I have sent have been well received as well.   I don’t usually show the cards I send but I had to include this one.   

I found it in a second-hand book shop in Hay-on-Wye and it immediately brought back many memories and made me think of my brother, GB, in the Outer Hebrides.  We used to go regularly to the Ring o’ Bells in West Kirby where GB lived many moons ago.  And at one time most Thursday evenings we met up with a crowd of GB’s friends, with me bringing my girlfriend over from Liverpool or St Helens.  Happy days.

These are my most recent cards -
 2138 - From Susanne in Germany.  She always seems to find just the right card for me.

And look at this postage stamp -

2141 - From Eva in Morocco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for my collection - the Historic City of Meknes.

2140 - And another from Eva - the Archaeological Site of Volubilis, another UNESCO site.  Thanks to Eva I now have four Moroccan UNESCO sites.

2143 - This was a birthday postcard from Katya, my long-standing friend in Ukraine, and her mother Marina.

2142 - And a great map of Ukraine from Katya.

2139 - This map of Ukraine came from Sasha who lives on the Crimean Peninsula and consequently it had Russian stamps.  

It is the first card I have received from there since the change of government and the Russian stamps were very noticeable. 

Monday, 27 October 2014

Blue Cats - Irina Zeniuk

I like the Irina Zeniuk cards of Blue Cat.  So far I have received five...

1402 - Postcrossing from Elena in Belarus

 1415 - From Natallia in Belrus

 1939 - Postcrossing from Vero in Belarus

1893 - From my friend Anastasia in Belarus

2088 - Postcrossing from Natasha in Belarus.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

So Many!

So many beautiful cards have arrived over the last few months but there is no chance of me scanning them in let alone blogging them.  Instead I shall try to pick out a few and show you them over the next few weeks. 

Please don't think that because one you have sent me has not been blogged it is not appreciated.  Every single one is appreciated.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Keeping up-to-date

1832 – Postcrosser Ari in Kilpisjärvi sent me this card - one of a number of caricatures by Terho Peltoniemi.  Kilpisjärvi is a village in Lapland, Finland. It is located in Finland's northern "arm" near the very northwestern-most point of Finland.

- Europe's cleanest air
- 40 over 1000 meter high peaks
- Only 50 kilometres to the shore of Arctic Ocean
- Sun is above horizon from May to August
- Rare plants and birds
- Three Border Points
- Paradise for a photographer
- Favourite activities: skiing, hiking, snowmobiling, photography, fishing, husky rides, plane rides, paragliding, heli-skiing, trips to Norway and Sweden
- The longest winter and thickest snow in Finland
- The longest ski-season: from September 'till Midsummer Day
- More Northern Lights than anywhere else in Finland
- Average temperature: in January -13,6°C, in July +10,9°C
- Average temperature all year round -2,3°C


1833 – From postcrosser Liza from Dnipropetrovsk in Ukraine where my friend Katya lives. 

1834 – Another postcrossing card – this time from Vilija in Lithuania.  It shows the old town of Vilnius, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

1835 – A Molly Brett picture from Heleen in the Netherlands.  Molly Brett (1902–1990) was an English illustrator and children's author, best known for her anthropomorphic artwork like these two rabbits with letters in their hands.  When she saw this card Heleen immediately thought of me.  I’m not sure what that says about me? :-)

The stamps on this card – 

1836 – A 1923 GWR Castle Class engine from Monica in Sweden.

Appropriate stamps!

1838 – From Anastasia in Belarus.  

1839 – A slutsk sash design from Anastasia.

1840 -  Ira, a Ukrainian postcrosser sent me this card of her hometown, Chernivtsi.

What super stamps.

1841 – Fidel, a Bulgarian ppstcrosser, generously sent me three cards.  This is a UNESCO WHS.

1842 – Another UNESCO WHS.

 1843  -  Fidel’s third card.

1846 - From Katya in Ukraine, a map of her country.

And a fridge magnet map for me.  How kind.

One of the stamps on the envelope shows the gold Scythian pectoral, or neckpiece, from a royal kurgan in Tolstaya Mogila, Ordzhonikidze, Ukraine, dated to the second half of the 4th century BC.

1847 – Another card from Katya, showing Eruslan, a beautiful young boy in Russian fairy tales who slays the dragon.

1845 – A postcard by Inga Poltser from Katya.  Is this cute or what?