maandag 12 maart 2018

Birthday mail and some no longer misplaced cards

So today is my birthday! 
I was allowed to open my birthday mail
and I got some packages as well. 

This card came with some cute stickers and tea
from the Netherlands.

A simple but cute card from Belgium.

 And now to the "no longer misplaced" part
of my post. These cards arrived in Belgium 
after I left. My mom put them away in a safe place, 
and couldn't find them anymore. 
Luckily she found them in time to send with my 
birthday card, so now I have these beauties to 
enjoy today as well. 

Sent from Germany by a Dutch Postcrosser.
The date shows how long ago, haha. 

Cute Christmas wishes from the Netherlands.

Beautiful greeting card from a friend in Japan.

They really know how to make cards in Japan.

A pretty winter landscape from Finland.

 "Snow Queen"
International Christmas stamp

 These stamps were on one of the packages 
I received today. 
It is a shame you can't see the metallic shine 
of the two ART stamps on the scan. 
Top right and middle:
set of 4, 2015
Top left:
Easter stamp
“The Arctica miniature sheet with artwork by Erik Bruun features migratory birds that nest in the North. Arctica refers to the migration of birds that nest in the Arctic region, a phenomenon that is eagerly watched by bird enthusiasts on the shores of the Gulf of Finland, especially in the spring.
The miniature sheet contains two domestic no-value indicator stamps and two added value stamps worth €0.10 and €0.20
The €0.10 stamp portrays the long-tailed duck, which has been classified as a vulnerable species.”

woensdag 21 februari 2018

The lady with the beard

And suddenly I have more official Postcrossing card 
received than sent! I have to do something about that.

Another cat from France, cute! 

I know this is a very common stamp, 
I just thought the cancellation was pretty funny.

This card came unwritten from Spain, with a separate note, 
and a lot of stamps added in the envelope!

And on the envelope as well.
Stamp in the middle:
250th birthday of 
Stamps on the right:
"Casa de Antonio Lópes Torres"
Unfortunately I couldn't find decent info 
about this painter

 The last official for the day, 
from the U.S.A.

 This card was send to me through 
Sendsomething, from the U.S.A.
It is a picture of, the now dwarf, planet Pluto.

Top left:
100th birthday of Andrew Wyeth
Top right:
Elvis Presley

dinsdag 20 februari 2018

First officials in Ireland

Yesterday and today I received my first official Postcrossing cards
in Ireland!
And my fellow Postcrossers spoiled me. 

This cute sleeping kitty came from The Netherlands.
The sender was so kind to not only send the card in 
an envelope, she also used several stamps on it.
Plus! She added some extra Christmas stamps for 
my collection, which will be featured in a separate post.

"Kinderpostzegels" 2007
The +22 eurocent is paid on top of the 44 cents
and it goes to charities which focus on children.
The stamps are sold by children (11-12 years old) as well.

The following card came from France.
The kitten on the right of the card is Chi,
a character from a manga/anime by Kanata Konami.
I am so lucky to receive this card.

 The card also came in an envelope
The stamp (2017) on the right shows
the Bibi-Khanym Mosque in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

The next two cards came from Germany.
This is a beautiful view on Eltz Castle

 She added this unwritten card

And used this really pretty envelope, 
in which she also put some extra Christmas stamps!
Stamp on the right:
"Tierkinder" 2018
Stamp on the left:

vrijdag 16 februari 2018

Three shoes and catching up on "old" mail

Some of this mail I received a while ago already, 
but I still felt it should be shared here now that 
I finally have a scanner. 

This greeting card was a nice surprise in the mail. 
It comes from the U.K.

"The first World War - 1917 special stamps"
artwork by Edward Wadsworth

I love these kittens! 
They were send to me from Russia.

"Treasures of Russia"
The Diamond Fund of Russia forms a part of the State Fund of Precious Metals and Precious Stones of the Russian Federation. The fund houses one of the most renowned and largest collections of unique precious stones, noble metals and pieces of jewelry art, which have great historic, artistic, scientific and material value.

This envelope came from Portugal.
My pen-friend kept it for me because she knows
I love Pucca! 
The stamp matches quite well. 

A swap from the U.S.A. 
I am a Trekkie and proud of it. 

 I can't show any stamps with these cards from the Netherlands,
simply because they don't have any! 
They were send with the "niet plakken maar smakken"
event by PostNL. On the 13th of February you
can send mail with a kiss instead of a stamp, 
which will be delivered on Valentine's day. 
Actually it is supposed to be only for inside the country,
but I got some here in Ireland! 

donderdag 15 februari 2018

Postcard love!

I received these beauties today

Mail art from the Netherlands

My friend even used a stamp she designed herself! 

I love the Asian style artwork by Misstigri! 
Received from Belgium

On the right: 
Youth philately 
series: comics - Guus Slim
Middle and left:
Commemorative stamps
Millennium 2001

dinsdag 13 februari 2018

First mail scanned!

I set up my all-in-one printer and
of course I had to try it out. 
I hope the scans are not too bad, 
it is my first time using wireless connection.

You'll see postcards from two countries this time.
First is China
The two shaped cards were surprise extras
to the swap I made. Aren't they cute? 

This is the card I actually swapped for, 
I love this series and this is the only card
I have. 

The sender also decorated the back, 
so I had to show it here.

 The postcards came in this pretty envelope.
Unfortunately the mail system damaged it right on the stamps. 

And to end with for today, 
this postcard I got from a friend living in the U.S.

dinsdag 30 januari 2018

Where did I disappear to?

You might have wondered: "What happened to this blog?"
I have been neglecting it for so long...
Well, here is the reason why: I moved! 
And not just to another house, no to a whole new country!
I am living in Ireland, Cork now. 
Although I kept posting on Instagram, I had no scanner
to make nice, clear images of my mail.
Yesterday that changed, I hope I can get everything to work soon, 
and then I will be back here with several updates. 

zondag 17 september 2017

Postcards from every corner of the world (kind of)

Let's enjoy...

There are various swaps on the Postcrossing forum
and this one caught my eye, "Free (NOT ad) card swap".
I have several free cards, so I wanted to give it a try.
This card landed in my mailbox from China

Jing tai lan series:
set of 6, 2013
“Jing Tai Lan (the Chinese for cloisonné) is a unique form of art with the combination of sculpture, painting, copper smithing and porcelain making. “Jing Tai” being the name of a Ming Dynasty emperor during whose reign mass production of such articles began. And “Lan” means blue, which is the background color of Jing Tai Lan in most cases. Cloisonné enamel techniques were brought from Persia into China’s Yunnan Province during the Yuan Dynasty. These were improved during the Ming Dynasty by incorporating them with some of the traditional techniques for metal inlaying and porcelain making, which eventually gave birth to a new kind of cloisonné called Jing Tai Lan.”

Holiday postcard from the NetherlandsJulianadorp

A sweet cat card from Portugal!


Loppem Castle, Belgium
Since it is open to the public, I hope to visit
it some day. 

Queen Astrid from Belgium
born 1905, sadly passed away in a car accident 1935

View on the spa at Rogaska Slatina, Slovenia

Rogaška Slatina is a synonym for health-resort tourism in Slovenia. For centuries the curative mineral water rich in magnesium (branded as Donat Mg), the picturesque countryside, and other local attractions have attracted visitors to the area. Roman inscriptions referring to the spa waters have been found. The spa’s true prosperity starts in the second half of 19th century, when this fashionable tourist destination was visited by imperial families and nobility from all of Europe. Today it advertises to be the “only spa in Slovenia which focuses on disease prevention, continued treatment and the rehabilitation of patients with diseases of the digestive system.”

set of 5, 2014

 The cards which arrived with this stamp are already decorating the door, 
but I can't not show it. 
Europa stamp Austria, 2015
Old toys

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