Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Crete, doors and windows


Doors and windows are a popular collecting theme as far as postcards are concerned, and here we have a little of both.

Someone in Germany went on holiday to Greece and visited Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. She brought the card home and sent it to me just last week: a pleasant reminder of summer holidays and warm weather.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Tarn et Garonne


As today is the 150th birthday of Toulouse-Lautrec, I attempted to find a map of the area around Albi in the Tarn département (south west France) where he was born.  I failed but here instead is a map of Tarn et Garonne the next département along to the west.  Albi is almost directly to the east of Montauban.


Henri Toulouse-Lautrec was an artist, now probably best known for his posters such as the one above advertising the Moulin Rouge.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Yngve Ekström' furniture



I've just returned from having been away from home for three weeks so I wasn't expecting to be able join in this week's Sunday Stamps.  During most of that time I've had my Postcrossing account inactive but I changed it back to active last Wednesday evening - and the postcards have already flooded in!

Are you sitting comfortably?  Then I'll begin...

One of those cards, by happy chance, comes from Sweden and the stamp is one from a set that features Swedish furniture design.  This particular stamp shows the Lamino chair and stool by Yngve Ekström, designed in 1956.

This is a post for Sunday Stamps, run by Viridian. Click on the button to visit her blog and other participants.



Friday, 21 November 2014

Young roe deer


I travel home tomorrow, so I hope to post more regularly and with a little more to say for myself. The postcsrd showing the young deer came from Belgium.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Kinderdijk


One of the very well known and easily recognisable UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Netherlands.  I was lucky enough to travel along the canal a long time ago.  At that time I didn't realise its significance but I do remember remarking on the number of windmills along its length.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Beatrix Potter


When I was little, my mother used to read me Beatrix Potter's books and then later (though it seemed only a flash) I used to read them to my sons when they were small.  I am waiting until my grandchildren are the right age for me to start reading them again.

This particular illustration is from The Tale of Peter Rabbit and it shows how Mr McGregor, the grumpy gardener, used Peter's jacket and shoes to make a scarecrow to frighten off the blackbirds.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Utamaro



This card arrived in my collection entirely by accident - I found it inside a second-hand book I bought recently.  It was originally sent from Japan by a dutiful son to his mother.

The picture is one of Kitagawa Utamaro's woodblock prints.  He was a Japanese artist (1753-1806) and one of the most famous artists of the ukiyo-e tradition of prints.

I haven't been able to identify this one in spite of having trawled through 800+ images on ukiyo-e.org
There were 3000+ of them so I know I didn't really get very far.

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