Friday, November 7, 2014

From Russia with Love

I received this card via Postcrossing.  The sender tells me this is a view on the Volga River and that it is a typical landscape view of the midlands of Russia.
She lives in Cheboksary which is the capital of the Chuvash Republic on the Volga River and is 750 km from Moscow.  The city was founded in 1469,  Additional information about this area can be found in this wiki article

Postcard Friendship Friday is hosted by Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

My sister has been travelling again and sent this postcard during her summer outing.  Her photos of this mountain and surrounding area are stunning.  

Location: Black Hills, South Dakota, USA

The National Park Service has a comprehensive write up on their site. 
Most postcard fun, visit with Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy for her Postcard Friendship Friday meme.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Turtle Mountain, Alberta

from the back of the card: Turtle Mountain Alberta, Canada.  The site of the world-famous Frank Slide, of April 29, 1903.  About 70 people lost their lives when close to 82 million metric tonnes of rock came crashing down on the sleeping town of Frank in less than 2 minutes.

I learned about this horrific event many years ago in school.  There was only one survivor, a young toddler.  As his identity was not known, he was named Frank Slide, or at least that is what I have heard.

Visit the website of the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre for further details.

The stamp features Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth on the occasion of her birthday.

 For more postcard fun, visit Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy for Postcard Friendship Friday.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Postcard Friendship Friday - Moving Day Approaches

It's almost time to be moving daughter for her first year away from home for university.  A busy and exciting time. Son has been away for three years now and has broken us into what is expected of parents while their kids are off fulfilling their destiny (whatever that might turn out to be).  It will be an interesting time for all of us.

Daughter is not moving to  Wisconsin as shown in the postcard. She'll be less than an hour away.  I received this great card via Postcrossing.  Mapping was one of my subjects of studying while I attended the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario.  I love map cards.

Postcard Friendship Friday is hosted by Beth of the blog The Best Hearts are Crunchy.  All are invited to visit with her and add a link to their current postcard post.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Postcard Friendship Friday - Beautiful simplicity

"Colourful Giraffes" by Jeni Matheson 2013

Over the years, my sister has sent me a variety of postcards from IKEA and this is one of the lovliest.  I am volunteering at a running race series this week and these giraffe remind me of the runners mulling around just before the start of the race.  All that pent up energy just waiting to be unleased, but nothing really to do until the start.

I am volunteering at the Endurrun, which is a 8 day, 7 stage, 160 kilometre race series held in the areas of Conestogo and Waterloo, Ontario.

Beth, of The Best Hearts are Crunchy is the host of Postcard Friendship Friday.  Join her with a link to your recent postcard related post. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Postcard Friendship Friday - Sunflowers in Bloom

I was happy to receive this lovely card from Belarus.  Sunflowers are always so cheerful.  It is from , which I am interpreting as the Belarus Post Office. 

I don't know the common name for the bird, though the latin name is Cuculus canorus.

 Thanks to Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Postcard Friendship Friday - visual texture

i received this gorgeous card from a postcrosser in Australia.  She realized that I was a quilter and that I would appreciate the pattern.  It is from the box 100 Postcards by 10 Contemporary Pattern Designers  by Princeton Architectural Press. This particular card is by Rachel Coney, 2009 - Leanne Shapton    After receiving this card, I want the entire box to play with. 

On the left is the Princess Parrot and on the middle stamp, Purple Crowned Lorikeet.  On the right is Waratah.
Postcard Friendship Friday is hosted by Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Postcard Friendship Friday: What`s more friendly that tea with friends

Postcrossing is such a fun way to trade postcards, unfortunately since Canada Post raised the international rates substantially, I have sent a card out of country.  I am going to have to bite the bullet so to speak and buy some stamps and get back on track.  This soothing cup of herbal tea arrived from Ukraine.  It makes me relax looking at it.

The lilacs on the stamp are gorgeous.

Postcard Friendship Friday is hosted by Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy.  All are invited to visit with Beth and add a link to their recent postcard post.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Kiwi - That other Flightless Bird

A postcrossing member from China read that I like kiwi birds. Her cousin had recently returned from a visit to New Zealand and brought her this card, which she kindly sent to me.  How very sweet of her.
She recommended the book The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Coffee with a Friend

Coffee makes me smile as does this card from Germany.  It is from the company Susy Card.
This photo shows coffees I made for my son and myself one morning this past winter.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Penguins in the Ukraine

This is a great card.  It came to me from the Ukraine.  Now I am left to ponder what is the tie between penguins and that country.  First, wild penguins are one found in the southern hemisphere.  There is a Unkrainian, Alexei Ponikarovsky, who plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team.  Author  Andrey Kurkov wrote a book called Death and the Penguin after reading a story about the Kiev Zoo. Whatever the connection, this is a great card.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Town Symbols of Friesland

The map may be small, but the town symbols/crests of eleven of the towns in Friesland are wonderful.  The sender tells me that Leewarden is the largest town and Sloten is the smallest.  Friesland is one of the north most provinces in the Netherlands.
For more postcard fun, visit with Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy for her Postcard Friendship Friday.  She invites you to add a link to your current postcard post.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Map of Los Angeles

I've flown into Los Angeles airport several times, and never ceases to amaze me that the city is so huge.  You fly over it for ages before arriving at the airport.  It must be at least thirty minutes if approaching from the east.  This may seem exaggerated, but when you consider that the airport is right on the coast, that's a lot of city and outlying towns that you fly over.
Other than the big smudge on the card from the postal machinery, this is a terrific example of a map post card.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Advertising Postcards from Germany

These three cards were received from one postcrossing member.  I have only had one advertising card before.  They can be quite imaginative and appealing.  These three are particularly good.

This is my favourite in the bunch.  the colours and the style work so well together, too bad for the QR code on the front.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

A Peaceful day Fishing

"Greetings from Suzhou, China! Suzhou is a 2500 year old city which is famous for its long history and beautiful scenery.  There are many canals, lakes, rivers and bridges here, so Suzhou is often c alled as a "water city"."

A day of fishing , if it were somewhat warmer, would be most welcome.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

This gorgeous card came to me from Germany.  I am guessing that the music is by Mozart, anyone have a educated guess. I did visit the design website, Susy Card, but couldn't find any postcards.  I've changed my profile at postcrossing and asked senders to include a book recommendation on the postcards they send me.  .  I received my first one on this card for Level 26: Dark Origins by Anthony E. Zuicker.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

An Historical view in Tula, Russia

Tula is an industrial city located almost 200 kilometres south of Moscow.  Unfortunately I wasn't able to identify this building, which is still standing and in use. The caption on the back of the card is covered in a label.
I received this via Postcrossing and have to salute them.  It came without it's identifying number which meant I couldn't register it as received, so the sender wouldn't get credit.  I notified Postcrossing and within and hour or so, they had found the details and were able to send me the registration number.  Excellent service. 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

St. Paul Basilika, Belgium

The sender of this card tells me that the St. Paul Basilika  in Liege, Belgium, became the Cathedral after the destruction of the St. Lambertus Cathedral during the French Revolutlion in 1789.

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Streets of Leipzig

When I was at university, I studied environmental studies and geography.  One of my specialties was mapping.  At that point, digital maps were still in their infancy, almost all maps were still made manually.  Even though I don't work in that field, I still maintain a passion for nicely made maps.  This one from Leipzig is beautiful.  A good use of colour, clear lines, and the name placement is exceptionally well done.  I hate it when names are placed up side down.  A traveller could easily use this postcard for navigating in this area.
Every spring, Leipzig hosts a huge book fair.  That is something I would love to attend.
For more postal fun, visit with Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy for her Postcard Friendship Friday post.  She invites you to add a link to your current postcard post.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

From the Sunbaked Island of Crete

Crete is the largest of the Greek Islands.  According to the sender of this card, the most famous attraction is the Knossos Palace.  This is definitely one of the places I intend to visit.