Monday, 30 March 2015

Map of China

Map of China on a red background with provinces marked in different patterns


A recently arrived map of China. I am very taken witht he different patterns for what I assume are different provinces of China.  It would have been nice if there had been a key.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

British gardens

Four stamp postcards showing gardens of stately homes

A set of stamps was issued in 1983 to celebrate British gardens.  Not just any gardens, you'll notice, but gardens of stately homes.  They show very nicely the changing style over the years.  The only one I've visited myself is Sissinghurst.  I can recommend it as being well worth a visit.

This is a post for Sunday Stamps, in its new home at "See it on a Postcard!"  As usual, click on the button to see the other entries.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Ready for Spring

open window with plants in pots and gardening tools

The weather is finally getting warmer and people are tending their gardens.  I no longer have a garden, so I tend my pots on my balcony.  I have to recycle and reuse my pots because space is limited.  I noticed today one lonely miniature daffodil emerging where I was expecting mint to grow. It must have been incomplete recycling.

The postcard was sent to me very recently from Germany.

This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted on Beth Niquette's, The Best Hearts are Crunchy.  Just click on the button to visit her and join in.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Neuschwanstein Castle - winter


Neuschwantstein Castle must be one of the most unmistakeable and most photographed castles in the world. they must do a roaring trade in postcards because it doesn't look like anyone could take a casual snapshot very easily.  The airways around it must be buzzing with helicopters.

Although the castle is of course in Germany, the card came from Russia and was published in Russia.  I like this dramatic winter view.  Six years ago (so long!!) I posted another card showing it with autumn colours on the trees.

Monday, 23 February 2015

County Clare in Ireland

Map of County Clare, Ireland, with inserted views

It's a map so it must be Monday!

As you can see on the card, County Clare is on the west coast of Ireland.  Clare is probably best known for the Cliffs of Moher, also pictured on the card.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Welsh Sheep


I haven't received any Year of the Sheep stamps yet so I've had to settle for this PHQ stamp card.  It was issued as a Wintertime series in 1992.  The others in the series showed a fox, a deer, a redwing and a hare, but these are Welsh Mountain Sheep, a hardy breed.

This is a post for Sunday Stamps, in its new home at See it on a Postcard! As usual, click on the button to see the other entries.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Onze Lieve Vrouw kerk in Laken, Brussels


I studied this card carefully because I thought there must be some sort of optical illusion going on, or could there really be a road passing underneath the church?  In fact, after much searching, I found out that there is an underpass but it comes to the surface well before the church.

The church in question is Onze Lieve Vrouw in Laken, Brussels, known for the Royal Crypt and its beautiful cemetery.
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