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I found a tutorial that explains step-by-step how to give your pics a more vintage look.

Will update with link tomorrow. I the mean time, what do you think?

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Threadfin Butterflyfish

This has got to be the BIGGEST  {actual} postcard I’ve recieved so far. The in fo on the back is all in Russian, but I’ll trust that this is the fish’s zoological name: Chaetodon auriga.

Koli - National Landscape

It’s a Moomin stamp!

I think this view of Koli is breathtaking! It’s so open, and you almost wonder which is sky and which is water.

Phi Phi Islands, Krabi

This back view is bigger cause I want to show you all the stunning stamps that Nuch used. The one on the left is almost half the wifth of the card!

Greetings from Edersee

The Edersee is a large reservoir created by the construction, from 1908 to 1914, of a rock and concrete dam across the Eder river, near the small town of Waldeck in northern Hesse, Germany, to generate hydropower and regulate water levels for shipping on the Weser river. It lies at the northern edge of the Kellerwald.

George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver was an American scientist, botanist, educator, and inventor.Much of Carver’s fame is based on his research into and promotion of alternative crops to cotton, such as peanuts and sweet potatoes. He wanted poor farmers to grow alternative crops both as a source of their own food and as a source of other products to improve their quality of life.

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From France. It’s not all about Paris and the Eiffel Tower now is it? It’s about catsles and bridges and rivers and more castles.

My first card from Luxembourg! Love the Soccer stamp on the back

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Right, I learned a valuable lesson. The more cards I send, the more I will receive. I don’t think I’ll ever have a Postcrossing {Fortnight} Thursday due to lack of cards again.

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Kitties from Netherlands - NL-359956

Sandra writes that she couldn’t put a special stamp on the card as there are only certain ones that she can use for international postcards. I never knew this until I started with Postcrossing. I thought I could just slap any old stamp on as long as the total value is the cost to send it. Nope. I have to use special stamps. Where I live it’s all flowers of Namakwaland. Pretty for received, but I’ve gone through 6 leaves of them already and would like some more choices. While visiting in Gauteng in January, I bought some 3D Dinosaur stamps that were for international postcards. Maybe each province has it’s own set of stamps? Will have to make a plan and get hold of some of those then.

Newgrange - from Ireland - IE-11118

Standing high above the fertile valley of the Boyne, Newgrange is the most important and impressive stone ago tomb in Europe. It is best known for the illumination of its passage and chamber by the winter solstice sunrise. Admission to the Newgrange chamber for the Winter Solstice sunrise is by lottery. In September each year, 50 names are drawn with 2 places are awarded to each name drawn. Newgrange is also a UNESCO WHS.

Berne in Switzerland - CH-53097

Berne is the Capital of Switzerland. Honestly, when I first saw the card I was more interested at the snow on the cars, especially the one standing perpendicular to the road, than the actual Zeitclocken Tower. The tower clock was the first gate in the west of the Capital of Switzerland around 1191 – 1256 and formed the boundary of the first city extension.Caspar Brunner created this very interesting ornate astronomical calendar clock in 1530.

It displays…

  • a 24- hour clock
  • the twelve hours of daylight
  • the position of the sun in the zodiac
  • the day of the week and the date of the month
  • the phases of the moon and
  • the elevation of the sun above the horizon.

While reading up a bit on Berne, I came across this pic (left)… reminds me a heck of a lot of Ankh-Morpork(right)

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Two cards this week.

First one reminded me of Slartibartfast from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. He constructed the coastlines of planets, in particular the fjords. He won an award for his work on Norway.
Henk says he wouldn’t mind being on one of those cruise ships.
Apparently Norway, or Officially the Kingdom of Norway, It is one of the most sparsely populated countries in Europe.
Ok, now this I really didn’t know: Artist, Edvard Munch, most popular for his painting The Scream, was Norwegian. In my first year at technicon I painted a bad replica of The Scream on a T-shirt. I wore it at least once a week – I loved it so! (Funny that in Norwegian the title is Skrik; In Afrikaans the word skrik means the have a fright.)

And lastly we have another cat card, or rather, adorable little kittens.

I love the stamp though. A sparkly fairy swinging on a leaf, surrounded by butterflies.

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It’s Thursday again; the eve of the kickoff to the FIFA 2010 Soccer world cup! And I also have 3 lovely postcards to share with you.

ES-77373 from Spain

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This one came from Spain. I was instrigued by the castle at the harbour mouth since it resembles our own in Cape Town. (First time I saw ours I realised that not all castles look like the Disney ones 🙂 ). This is The Castle of San Antón (Castillo de San Antón) in Coruña. This old fortress was built between the 16th and the 17th century, in a small island of the Bay of La Coruña, to defend the city against attacks coming from the sea. During the English assault by Francis Drake in 1589, the castle effectively served to defend the entrance to the city.

JP-109784 rom Japan

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This is Himjei Castle; In 1992 Himeji Castle was recognised by UNESCO as a building of world significance and was added to the World Heritage list. Himeji Castle is an excellent example of  a Japanese castle with its  traditional wooden architecture and its stone walls with their white plastered walls have been well maintained. In 1333 Norimura Akamatsu, the ruler of Harima District, built a fort where the Himeji Castle now stands. ln 1346 his son, Sadanori further expanded the fort.In the 16th century the fort was removed and a three story castle was built in its place by Hideyoshi Hasiba. This is the basic structure that is seen today.

This is my second UNESCO world heritage site card!

DE-610037 from Germany

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Now I finally know what to call this style: German Rococo Architexture. This is Sanssouci Palace (without worries) in Berlin. In 1744, King Friedrich II – later known as Friedrich the Great, commissioned architect Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff to build a summer palace.

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Bit of a rush today. Received these 3 lovelies this week. Had a head scratch moment at the cat card, but then I remembered that I updated my profile that I LOOOOOVE kitties.

And since no month is complete with at least 5 cards from Finland 😉 I’ve updated that I would like some Grannies cards by Inge Löök (Of course I had to receive this one first to decide that I actually wanted to start collecting them) I think they’re cute, but their joke might be wasted on me… still trying to figure this one out 😕

Happy Postcrossing!

NL-379719 from Netherlands

DE-597036 From Germany

FI-810012 From Finland

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