Monday, 23 June 2014

Some cards from June 2014

Although I have said in my Rambles Blog that I am off-line for a while I felt like doing some blogging about recent postcards.  And since I am cutting myself more slack at the moment and allowing myself to do what I want, not what is expected of me, here is a post about some lovely cards that have helped to cheer me up.  Although I only show the front and treat the message as private – as it often deserves to be – I must mention how important the messages are.  And recently they have been so supportive.  Thank you. 

1831 – There was a caring message from Karen in Canada on the back of this Penguin card.

I wonder which the potato turned out to be?

And three super pet stamps from the ‘Adopt a pet’ series.

1830 – From Canadian Chickadee in Washington State, another compassionate missive.

With three wonderful Forever stamps –

I would love to get all ten from this series on cards some time.

1829 – Susanne in Germany not only sent me a sympathetic card but also another one to Partner-who-drinks–tea (Her cup was full!!)

1826 – A postcrossing card from Annelies in the Netherlands.  What a brilliant collection of reading women pictures on one card.    

And more wildlife stamps.     
1825 – From Monica in Sweden came a Pippi Longstocking illustration from ‘Pippi in the South Seas’ (1948).  I like book illustrations, especially from well-known children's books.

This card had five Swedish stamps cancelled rather nicely.

1823 - The mosque in Medan known as Masjid Raya - from Agung in Indonesia.

Isn't this stamp of an Elegant Sunbird really beautiful.

1822 – A UNESCO WHS - a postcrossing card from Anu in Finland.

1821 – From Danielle in the USA comes another reading woman (I can’t get too many of them).  This one is so relaxed, a perfect card for summer.  The card doesn’t say who the artist is – if anyone knows can they let me know please?  (The signature appears to read Paul C M....)

1820 – From my friend Dai Li in China.

As always she uses beautiful stamps.  Chinese stamps are among my favourites – they are such super miniature works of art.

1819 – Georges Crogaert (Belgian 1848-1923) 'La Liseuse'.  The epitome of ‘Languid’ from Danielle in Nebraska.

1798 & 1803 -  Two illustrations by E Bern from Katya in Ukraine. 

The stamps include clocks from the museum in Lviv.

 1799 - From Helen and Ian.

1818 – And, in the light of recent events, a really appropriate illustration from my good friend Monica in Sweden.  The painting is by Elsa Beskow and illustrates the lullaby ‘Sleep little willow’.

Sov, du lilla vide ung,
än så är det vinter,
än så sova björk och ljung,
ros och hyacinter.
Än så är det långt till vår,
innan rönn i blomma står,
sov, du lilla vide,
än så är det vinter.

Sleep, little willow,
it is still winter,
birch and heather,
roses and hyacinths still sleep.
It's a long way to spring,
before rowan in flower stands,
sleep little willow,
it is still winter.


  1. Hello, John!
    As usual, you receive some marvels by post... I have received this woman reading in the garden some summers ago (yes, that's perfect!). I don't know more about the artist, but on the back was written: "In the garden", by Paul C. Milner, 2008

    I like all the postcards and stamps you posted. I went to Suomenlinna three years ago, and I have good memories of a perfect day there. The postcard with Pippi caught my eye... I'm reading the book in Arabic!

    Thanks for sharing your postcards.

    1. Hi Eva, Thanks for identifying the artist for me, much appreciated.


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