Sunday, 19 April 2015


Bear with me while I quickly rectify my mis-scheduled dinosaur post. The good thing is that next Sunday I can relax. :)

The two health related cards I received as a protective layer for some vintage cards I bought on eBay but they seem too good to throw away.  They are free/ad cards so probably nobody wants them.

The first is a Czech card promoting blood donation.  The words mean "Less blood, less help" according to Google.  On the back it asks for help in maintaining the levels of regular blood donors.

The final card, however, is the only health-related stamp card I can lay my hands on just now.

This is a very much last minute, thrown together, post for Sunday Stamps, in its current home at "See it on a Postcard!"  As usual, click on the button to see the other entries.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

P is for Potelych

A picture of a different side of Ukraine, different from the terrible pictures we have been treated to in the news.  It shows a wooden church dating from 1502, the Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit.

There are 16 of these wooden tserkvas (churches) in the area known as the Carpathian Region which stretches over Poland and Ukraine. They all have the very distinctive building style, made entirely of wood.

Seven of the churches are in Ukraine but the person who sent me the card says she has never actually seen any of them.  They tend to be in remote places and not too easy to visit.

Friday, 17 April 2015


Memory, like music, weaves its spell of happy thoughts around us.

This is for Beth, who host Postcard Friendship Friday at The Best Hearts are Crunchy.  Click on the button below to visit her and join in.

O is for Ottawa and Ontario

The Rideau Canal was built in 1832 as a military communications route from Ottawa to Lake Ontario. Nowadays it is used for recreation but it remains an exceptional feat of engineering. It is the oldest canal system in North America which still functions.

This particular card shows an image of kayaks, on the canal in Ottawa, that was used as a postage stamp by Canada Post.  Others stamps were issued to show skating on the canal in winter, and Jones Falls. I don't have the Jones Falls stamp card but I do have others of that area.

The canal in its entirety was added to the UNESCO list of World heritage Sites in 2007.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

N is for Nürnberg or Nuremberg

It's hard to write anything about Nuremberg without starting on a lengthy essay, if not a dissertation. I'll be brief.

It's a beautiful and very old city, towards the south east of Germany, dating back to 1050, or even earlier.  That is, at least, the date of the first documented mention of the city.  It was considered for a time to be the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire, partly because of the general assemblies and courts held in the castle which you can see on the horizon in the picture.

The postcard shows signs of damage from the post office sorting machines.  This type of damage leads a lot of people to collect only unused postcards but for myself, I prefer them to show signs of their travels, within reason of course. I also like to have the postmark on the back, for dating purposes if nothing else.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

M is for Mulu National Park and Malaysia

Mulu National Park is yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site, this time in Sarawak, Malaysia. It's best known for its enormous caves, and also for these amazing pinnacles and cliffs.

The Mulu Caves Project started in 1977 when the Royal Geographical Society sent 100 scientists there for over a year.  Since then, there have been more than 20 others which you can read about on the Mulu Caves website - there are some amazing pictures there!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

L is for Reading

Father seated on sofa, reading with three children. L for lukea.

To be more accurate, L is for "lukea" which, in Finnish, means to read.

It is an illustration by Martta Wendelin (1893-1986), an artist from Finland who created postcards, magazine covers, and illustrated fairy tales. Her themes tended to be nostalgic and charming, a little romantic.
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