Poor Orphan Postcards

Too wet for geocaching today sadly, so we’ve assembled a bookcase and visited PB’s mum in hospital and, well, not a lot else.  So I’ve no geocaching to write about. Instead I’ll show you some poor orphaned postcards that I’ve adopted via Postmuse. They arrived in today’s mail.  Here is the page that explains Postmuse’s project:  Start of Something New.  

My postcards arrived today – one is a sort-of local picture from the West Coast, and the other from our capital city of Wellington. I’m going to tell Postmuse about our visits to both these places.

"The lofty peaks of Mt. Tasman and Mt. Cook reflect dramatically in the dark waters of Lake Matheson.

Lake Matheson  is an absolutely beautiful scenic location near Fox Glacier, a few hours south of where we live.  Its considered to be high up on the list of places to visit in New Zealand.  We’ve decided that it must only ever look like this on the days that overseas tourists are visiting, because we’ve never had good weather down at the Glaciers. The once that we have walked all the way round the lake, it was misty, rainy, dismal & grey and we barely saw the lake, never mind the reflections! However, there’s plenty of photographic evidence that it does look beautiful.  There are also some really great geocaches down in this area and futher, as well as a few not so great.  One of our favourites from about 50k south is GCHF60 Paringa.

This postcard also has a cute little design along the edge on the back, which I’ve never seen before on any New Zealand card, so perhaps that is not the ‘fashion’ in postcards now. 

The second postcard shows our Parliament buildings. The strangely shaped building to the left is known as ‘The Beehive.’

Parliment Buildings, wellington, New Zealand

 Sometimes, no doubt, our politicians are as busy as bees, but other times I truly wonder …….   

PB and I had a two week holiday (vacation) travelling around the lower half of the North Island  in January 2009. We went to dozens of new places and found  over  150 caches including breaking the 1000 caches found barrier.  We found a couple of caches around the Beehive – of course there are no caches too close to the buildings.  GC10KTP Sweet Lunch Spot  was in a surprising  little quiet area, near some really unusual sculptures. Everyone should try to visit the centre of government for their country at least once, so now we can say we’ve done that.  Possibly we’ll even be back again – there’s quite a few more caches in Wellington…..

Postmuse also used some really nice stamps on the envelope the postcards were in.


12 responses to “Poor Orphan Postcards

  1. Nice stamps! I haven’t seen those 2 stamps on the left before. I guess you need to go visit that lake one a GOOD day 😉

  2. Interesting project that Postmuse has going on. And cool to see it “in action” by viewing the cards that were sent to you!

  3. hi..
    the glacier region sounds fascinating. I think the leuradales.blogspot.com went recently and hiked thru an ice tunnel. New Zealand sounds absolutely amazing. How many islands are there?

  4. More beautiful postcards.. Those are so cool..
    Come on over Neve we will play…

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  5. Postmuse is interesting. So someone sends you a postcard that they’ll get back from you? Do I read it right?

  6. Hi Norwood and Debi,

    I live about 3ish hours north of the Glaciers where your friends the Leuradales went. And the cafe that is in their New Zealand Part2 blog near the seals is one that PB and I really like too!!!

    There are two big islands to New Zealand – very creatively named the North Island and the South Island – another smaller island to the south called Stewart Island, an island called Waiheke Island sort of close to our largest city Auckland, and then a group of islands collectively called the Chatham Islands out a couple of hours from the East Coast of the South Island. Well – that’s the main inhabited islands. There are heaps of smaller ones some of which are native bird sanctuaries, and some which might just have a couple of farming families living on them.


  7. Yep – basically, some how Postmuse has accumulated an enormous collection of blank postcards, and now she’s ‘adopting’ them out to people who know about that country or place. So I will write a little story or bit of history or what ever just like for a regular postcrossing card, and post them back to her. She mailed then to me in an envelope already addressed, so all I have to do is add stamp and write back to her. Just another way of spreading a little postcard love. Then she puts them on her blog when she gets them back, so everybody gets to share.


  8. Hi guys,
    Mom says there are some dogs and cats that have their own Postcrossing accounts. She reckons it will be good for them to learn geography and history….. we said we only need to know the geography of our food bowl, so she wouldn’t let us get an account. She said it might make the other dogs too hungry if they saw a picture of our food bowl……..

    Slobbers Ruger & Neve

  9. Thank you for the introduction! And I’m enjoying reading your blog very much.

  10. Hi there Postmuse! Thanks for visiting. I hope the orphans get back to you soon. I’ll be sure an link them on here again when they do if you put them in your blog.


  11. Orphans are both back… Beehive will post next week… Lake Matheson in mid to late February 🙂

  12. Hi PostMuse,

    Thanks for letting me know – I did send you a Tweet also! I will be looking out for then on your blog. Glad they arrived safely.