Now — I know you’re out there. So please feel welcome to comment, even if you’ve never commented on my blog before. Heck, even if I don’t know you!!! Even if it’s the first time you’ve read this blog. Those ‘other people’ who DO comment never knew me before I started this blog either. Does that make sense?
And Robert – yes, you may comment, even thought you knew me before I started the blog…… LOL!
Other places I may be found these days include:
Geocaching.com – 0ur profile
GoodReads – my profile
Twitter – my profile
Dailymile – my profile
Postcrossing – my ‘official’ profile
NZ GPS Society – the geocaching forum
My blog is the main place you can get to know me and be known so if you haven’t commented here a bit, I’m not likely to recognise you or ‘friend’ you elsewhere.
So if I have turned down anyone’s requests, my apologies – you are most welcome to come & chat here & make yourself known!!
Postcard people – would you be interested in getting a bunch of New Zealand postcards – written or unwritten as you prefer?? Let me know. I’m thinking of putting together a set & having a lucky draw soon.
Not that the postcard was sent to me from Mexico! It actually came to me from the USA thanks to the Alphabet RR in the Postcrossing forums. The caption for the image says:
A villager drags an obstinate pig past a vibrant Tlacotalpan house.
M is for Mexico
Acording to good old Wikipedia: “Tlacotalpan was chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998 because the “urban layout and architecture of Tlacotalpan represent a fusion of Spanish and Caribbean traditions of exceptional importance and quality… Its outstanding character lies in its townscape of wide streets, modest houses in an exuberant variety of styles and colours, and many mature trees in public and private open spaces.” (UNESCO, 1998.)”
This picture certainly shows the vibrant colours!!
It is from ‘The Travel Book; A Journey Through Every Country in the World’ published by Lonely Planet.
The postcard I’d like to show you this week is a bit different that the usual postcard. It’s a 3-D postcard – I’ve never seen a postcard like this before.
This fun postcard came from a Postcrosser from the USA who had been to Niagara Falls for a Postcrossing meet-up (similar to a geocaching event!) He got to meet some other American & Canadian Postcrossers. And no Postcrosser can miss the chance to stock up on postcards! So I was lucky enough to received this one in a RR Swap in the Postcrossing forums.
And here is my Last Picture Sunday:
Last Picture Taken Sunday
For more about Last Picture Taken Sunday check out Tracy’s Topics.
One of the cards I received this week that really appealed to me is this one from Beachyblonde.
Deception Pass Bridge
According to the back of the postcard it shows the bridge over Deception Pass at Whidbey Island, Washington State. I like the subtle colours and how the border & wording have been done on the card – as well, of course – as the bridge picture.
This area is part of the Deception Pass National Park which is the most visited park in Washington State. Deception Pass itself is a ocean pass between two of the islands in the area. It is very dangerous due to changeable water currents that may result in whirlpools, eddies & standing waves depending on the tidal flow. So ferries often have to wait until conditions are suitable before entering the Pass.
The bridge goes between Whidbey Island to Pass Island and then Pass Island to Fidalgo Island. It was built 1934-35 and was declared an Historic Place in 1982. Now days it costs more to paint the bridge than it originally did to built it!
I also really liked the stamps that Beachyblonde used on this postcard – a cute kitty that reminds us to ‘Adopt a Shelter Cat’ and some lovely purple flowers.
This card is from Ana (BraveJ at Postcrossing) whom I have swapped with a few times now in various RR groups. This is an extra large postcard with pictures of various beautiful wrought iron doors & gates of the city of Belgrade. Ana writes a very thought-provoking message about Postcrossing being a way of opening doors to the world, and sharing “words of friendship & goodwill”. Although I don’t come from a country that has the political & historical challenges that Serbia has had, I quite agree with Ana’s words. This is one of my favourite cards – both the pictures, and the words of friendship that Ana shares.
Belgrade is the capital city of Serbia. 90% of the population of 1.6 million are Orthodox Christians. Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe and a historic intersection between Eastern & Western Europe.
This is actually my favourite card from a couple of weeks ago! Having decided on a schedule for blog posts, it seems I am entirely failing to keep to it. Oh well …….
This postcard was from the Alphabet RR in the Postcrossing forums. It is M for ‘Musical cat’ from Goyesca.
The artist is Selda Marlin Soganci who is from Germany and is children’s book illustrator & involved with children’s theatre. She also runs art workshops and has had exhibitions of her art. This picture is called “Schnurrkatze” which means ‘purring cat.’ He or she certainly does look like a very contented cat.
This is the first ‘art card’ I have for my cat collection.
I know, I know – WAYYYY past Friday but here we are!
I’m getting quite a few cards from Turkey as I’m involved in a RR in the Postcrossing forums, and some private swaps. When I saw this one in my mail box during the week, it caught my eye right away. I like the design of it, the colours and the individual pictures.
Cappadocia is in the centre of Turkey. It looks like a really interesting place with lots of fascinating geology to look at as well as historic buildings, cave homes – some that are now hotels!! – ancient churches & monastries, museums and plenty of restaurants with scumptious food to try. And once you’ve done with exploring this area of Turkey from the ground, a hot air balloon trip would give you a different perspective.
Red Valley, Cappadocia
This postcard arrived a few weeks back from my best Turkish Postcrossing pal, Pinuccia. This is the UNESCO World Heritage site, Goreme National Park. Pinuccia tells me that the geology here is the result of volcanic eruptions almost 3 million years ago. As these rocks are soft they are able to be carved into the houses that are still lived in today!!
Amazing area in an amazing country – definately an addition to my dream list of places to visit.