Tuesday, 25 February 2014

More February Cards

 1425 – From Susanne in Germany came this excellent 3D map of Europe.  This is the first 3D card I have received and its timing was perfect – just when I needed a boost.  It made my day.  I still smile every time I see it on my notice board.

1426 – This old piece of German (?) text and drawing came from Eric in Malaysia.

1427 – Monica in Sweden sent Jo and I this perfect shot of Elks for Valentine’s Day.  

1429 – Carol in Washington State sent this photo of the sunset over the Seattle skyline from Queen Anne Hill which has special significance for her.  

1430 – Danil, a postcrosser in Russia, sent me this map of the Russian Federation – the largest country in the world by area.  It is about 17 million square kilometres while Canada, the next biggest country, is between 9 and 10 million.

1437 – Amiley sent me this picture from her home town of Sahkon Nahkon (สกลนคร
in Thai) as part of a direct swap.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Some recent cards

1406 & 1440– From Monica – lovely Lena Anderson cards.

1412 – I am keen on building up a collection of as many UNESCO World Heritage Site postcards as I can.  This one of the volcanoes of Kamchatka came from Natalia (RU-2401302).  

1413 – Nikita, a 15 year old postcrosser from Perm, sent me this super card (RU-2400128).  I love it.  The artist is Leonid Baranov.

1415 - Natallia from Belarus sent me Puss in Boots by Irina Zenuik (BY-1169204).

1402 - It matches this one sent by Elena in Belarus (BY-1178702).  It seems there is a whole series and they look rather good.

1419 – My first card from Brunei – from Zafirah.

1424 – Irina, my Russian friend, visited Israel some years ago and was kind enough to send me a card of Jerusalem. 

1425 – I like black and white studies of people doing things.  This stamp collector with a look of utter concentration came from Heleen in the Netherlands.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Don't worry about it...

I have a new philosophy in life - the 'Don't worry about it' philosophy.  I shall never manage to blog all the postcards I receive.  So I shall not worry about it.  I shall just bring you a few of the recent ones.

1401 – A postcrossing card from Roosa.  You can see all my Inge Look cards in my Picasa album.

1402 from Antje.  Wuppertal – not like other places!

1404 – Olga, a postcrosser, sent me this 1920 Norma Rockwell picture of a boy reading.  It is entitled ‘And every lad may be Aladdin’. 

I like this sticker that was on the card.

1399 – A state map from Jeff, according to whom it has been a long hard winter in Michigan.  The only day in December when the temperature got above freezing they had an ice storm!  They are having lows of -15°C. 

1398 - A Valentine card from around 1910 courtesy of Jean, a postcrosser.

1397 – Bonnie Jeanne’s card from the USA. My Mum had a little Coronet portable just like that one and I typed many a page on it.  I love the little hedgehog!

1396 my friend Siggi in Germany sent me this postcard of the royal castle at Neuschwanstein.

 Neuschwanstein Castle is a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to Richard Wagner. Ludwig paid for the palace out of his personal fortune and by means of extensive borrowing, rather than Bavarian public funds. The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king, but When Ludwig II died in 1886, Neuschwanstein was still incomplete. The king never intended to make the palace accessible to the public. But, no more than six weeks after the king's death, the regent Luitpold ordered the palace opened to paying visitors.   Since then more than 60 million people have visited Neuschwanstein Castle. More than 1.3 million people visit annually, with as many as 6,000 per day in the summer. The palace has appeared prominently in several movies and was the inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle and for later, similar structures.

1395 - A Valentine from Danielle but sadly Amanda Cass’s work ‘Love Protects Me’ was not protected from the damn machine that franks the US mail!  

1394 – A beautiful Swedish flag card with Miss Sweden, from Monica.

1393 - from Susanne in Germany.  Just my sort of archive…

1402 - Elena, a Postcrossing Ambassador, is 1st on most postcards sent from Belarus, but she still had time to look through my favourites and pick this super card.

1405 - January 20th this year was the 24th and last solar term of the Chinese year.  Translated as 'Big Cold' it marks the end of winter and this card tells about it.  Chinese New Year (31st January) marked the beginning of Spring.   

This is just one of many cards from my Chinese student friend Dai Li.  I must show some more of her wonderful cards and stamps - perhaps in a separate post.