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And I’m Back

And I’m Back

Life seems to be settling down a bit now, thankfully. It’s time to get back to the things I enjoy…. like postcards. I won’t even try to post pictures of all the cards I’ve received since I last posted anything about cards; there have been too many for that. I will, however, post about the latest cards and drop in a few random cards that I’ve actually had the time and inclination to scan.

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Being a knitter, I LOVE this card. It was immediately added to my favourites.

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What a great scene, don’t you think? The back is so colourful! There are some wonderful stamps out there, aren’t there?

Tony sent this card from Minnesota. I love waterfalls!

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And then, there’s this one from Singapore… so pretty!

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It’s from the Beijing Opera; I wonder what the story is about.

Then, a couple of random postcards that I found particularly interesting. The first is a picture taken by the sender; what a great shot, don’t you think?

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Posted by on November 30, 2014 in Postcards, Postcrossing, Received

 

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Time Has Slipped By… Again

Oh dear, I didn’t mean to let things slip for this long. My only excuse is that with work, family moving nearby, and life in general, blogging about incoming postcards has fallen to the way side. I have every intention of remedying that but it won’t be today, unfortunately. I just wanted to touch base and let you, my readers, know that I have not fallen off the face of the earth.

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Non-Postcrossing Cards

If you are a long-time reader (relatively speaking) of this blog, you know that I’m also a member of Ravelry, a knitting and crochet online community. I’m a member of a letter writing group that recently had a postcard exchange. We were each given three names to write to and, in return, we would receive three cards.

Here are the three I received.

The first one came from Australia, a very dramatic sunset card.

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The second card came from Lynn in Vermont, who claims that most of Vermont really looks like this! I love it and I wonder what it looks like in the summer.

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The third, and final, card came from Susan in southwestern Ontario. Bear cubs are so cute, aren’t they? When you see a bear cub, though, never forget that Mama Bear is not far away, and very protective!

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And that’s it… I’m all caught up, finally.

I do have some wonderful news to share, though. A local friend of mine was telling a friend of hers, who just happens to be a librarian, about Postcrossing. They decided that Postcrossing is something that deserves to be more known about. My friend, who I met through Postcrossing, approached me about getting something organized so I, in turn, met with the head librarian, who asked me to help out with their summer reading program by telling the kids about Postcrossing and, perhaps, having the kids write out and send postcards. I agreed.

I have already designed a couple of posters and some handouts. I’ve also put the message “out there” in a couple of groups on Ravelry and one of the forums on Postcrossing, asking for people to send a postcard to our local library. I’ve also let people know that if they include their return address, we would have the kids send them a postcard in return. So far, the response has been wonderful. I’m eager to see how many postcards the library receives; they should be starting to come in pretty soon.

Exciting?

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2014 in Postcards, Received

 

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Lots to Blog About

Lots to Blog About

Wow, what a difference two weeks make. Last week, not one card showed up in my mailbox; this week, I have a wealth of them, not all from Postcrossing. Therefore, I’ll tell you about them in two posts, one for the Postcrossing cards, the second for the other cards.

Let’s get started on the Postcrossing cards that arrived this past week. In no particular order, here we go!

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According to Anatoly, these buildings were made without nails! I am assuming that it was all done with wooden pegs but, all the same, impressive looking buildings. And the stamps are great, too!

From Lady Taz, this neat card from Florida…

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Next up, Bridal Veil Falls in North Carolina. I wonder just how many Bridal Veil Falls there are in the world; there’s one near Hope, B.C., a couple of hours down the road from us and I’ve heard of others, too.

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Hank put some great stamps on his card (including a Harry Potter stamp!) and even, very considerately, put his current temperature in Fahrenheit and Celsius. His temperatures, that day, were very similar to what we had here.

This one, from Etherea, in Arkansas, was interesting because of the note on the back. Her grandfather was born in Kamloops, about 1.5 hours from me. I lived there for about two years. If that’s not a small world story, I don’t know what is!

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I must admit that, as much as I’d love to visit a cave like this some time, I’m afraid I’d be more than a little nervous. I am a touch claustrophobic and the thought of being in an underground cavern does give me pause even though I’m sure they’re absolutely amazing to see.

This next card is more to my liking, I will admit.

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Wide open spaces, hot sand, warm water…. yup, bring it on! This is a beach I could walk for hours! Maybe one day?

And then, there’s London. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture of the Tower Bridge like this one. Amazing!

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We simply do not have anything like this here. The Paddington Bear stamp just tops it all off. He’s just so cute!

The last card for this post comes from my own country and shows something that we just don’t see here in the west. In Ontario, there is a large group of Mennonites, similar to the Amish of Pennsylvania, that eschew modernity and live a simple life without so many of the things we take for granted… like cars.

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Well, that’s it for this post. The next post will have the non-Postcrossing cards.

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2014 in Postcards, Postcrossing, Received

 

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I Love This Card!

This week only a single card arrived in my mailbox and as soon as I registered it, I faved it. I think this is one of the most endearing cards I’ve received to date.

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Russian Doll0001There’s just something about that sweet, little face, isn’t there?

 

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2014 in Postcards, Postcrossing, Received

 

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Two More In The Door

In case you’re interested, here are my current Postcrossing stats.

ScreenShotAs you can see, I’ve received more cards than I’ve sent. That translates into a trickle of cards coming to our house rather than an avalanche. This week, two cards trickled in, both from Eastern Europe, both on the same day.

Today’s first card came from Tanya in Belarus.

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BY0001I don’t know about you but I’m much more interested in the ruins at the left than I am in the building on the right. Tanya was also very complimentary about the picture I used in my Postcrossing profile, the same one I use in my profile here. Very sweet!

This week’s second card came from Elena in Ukraine. Technically, this doesn’t qualify as a postcard as it came in an envelope but I’m not one to complain. As a matter of fact, when cards do come in an envelope, it feels a little like receiving a gift. You just never know what will be inside and Elena’s card did not disappoint.

I did put in my Postcrossing profile that I love handmade cards and I meant it.

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UA0001It may not be the easiest to see but the birds and the bamboo on this card are hand stitched! That’s right, Elena embroidered this card! The butterflies are little puffy stickers. Really, the scan doesn’t do this card justice. It’s lovely!

UA0002Elena’s handwriting is very nice, too.

Though I didn’t receive a lot of cards this week, I’m not at all disappointed in the cards that arrived.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2014 in Postcards, Postcrossing, Received

 

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Catch Up Time – Part 2 – The Double, Double Edition

Catch Up Time – Part 2 – The Double, Double Edition

I’ve decided to take today off for a bit of “me” time, a personal day. Before my day gets too far under way, though, I thought it would be a good idea to get completely caught up with the postcards that arrived last week. Let’s get started.

It was a week of double double. In the same week, I received two postcards from Germany. On one day, I received two cards from the city of St. Petersburg, Russia – how unusual is THAT?

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DE0001Somehow, I think this is not in Germany, even though the card arrived from Germany. There’s a Turkish Airlines logo at the bottom of the card. Perhaps Heike found the card while visiting Turkey. Nonetheless, great picture!

Trakky (aka Theresa) sent this cute kitten card from Germany, thinking I might like to pass it on to one of my granchildren. I might just do that.

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DE20001Then, as I said at the beginning, these two cards arrived the same day, from the same city – St. Petersburg, Russia. I have not had that happen before!

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RU0001Gorgeous cathedral, isn’t it?

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RU0003I have no idea who the person in this card is supposed to be but I do love the quirkiness of this card.

Hmm.. it seems this post is turning into a lot of doubles. The first card I wrote about has the words “Turkish Airlines” on the back, making me think that it originated there. The following card is from Turkey; that would make another double. Then, the final double…. this card from Turkey and the following card, from Latvia, are both first cards from either of those countries. That’s a lot of doubles in one week!

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Turkey0001So ancient! So beautiful! I really would love to visit that part of the world.

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Vilnius0001Again, such a beautiful old building. We have nothing like this in our part of the world.

And that concludes our post of doubles, and we’re all caught up again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2014 in Postcards, Postcrossing, Received

 

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