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From finland. A grandma from Rauma sent this – also a UNESCO WHS. Lovely watercolour of her home town.

Apparently Buffalo Bill had his ranch here.

Second time lucky! The first postcard went missing – the sender actually followed up when I didn’t register it – which I couldn’t cause I never received it. Thank you for resending!

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Had a hard time reading this handwriting! Apparently “…this animal (bird) that you see on the tower is very typical of this reagion…”. And then there was a football reference.

It looks like a type of stork. Do you think it’s getting it’s bearings right before delivering a baby elephant?

Thisis one of my favoourites so far. Thinking of framing the card for our new house – the colours will work beautfully in the living area. Unless someone wants to buy me a print *hint hint* *hint hint* *hint hint*

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I got her! I got her! Got Liberty herself! I confess, I enjoy tourist cards. I want to see The Grand Canyon, the Liberty Bell, the Pentagon, Empire State Building, Vagas lights – I want them ALL!!

I know I only meantioned the sites I can quickly pick out in my mind, I’m sure there are loads more sites and beautiful places that I still have to learn about. Same thing goes for RSA I suppose. Except for Table Mountain. I can never grow tired of that view. And I will send postcards of it as often as I can =)

Henk reckons there is a bed behind the hearth (behind that curtain) cause it’s cozy and warm there. But I think it’s more storage space… or maybe where you can leave bread dough to rise. I wrote the original sender a message, but I don’t think they know either.

This is an exampled of a typical dwelling of the 1800’s (in Finland).

This must be the sweetest little sketch of a lion.  The title is  A silent and thoughtful lion in the shade o memories-daisies. This was sent by a young postcrosser (14 years old) — [don’t you just h.a.t.e it when someone says ‘i am x years of age’ !? It does not make you sound more intelligent. You are wasting time and words by saying that. It’s just plain ugly. Some South AFrican tend to do that in interviews. It’s as of their brains switch of and autopilot is given a thesaurus for breakfast and the mouth off big words and clumsy sentenses. ] Enough rant. Thank you Miss D for the lovely card!

Some lovely coral / underwater scene from Taiwan. The card came from the National Museum of marine biology & aquarium.

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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.


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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