20 January 2018

Galle Fort Lighthouse

Today's theme of Maria's link Postcards for the Weekend is Aerial Views, and I think this postcard sent by Ravindra (Sri Lanka) fits in.

It shows Galle Fort, built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then then fortified by the Dutch from 1649 onwards. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument. It has been inscribed as a cultural heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Have you spotted the Galle Lighthouse tower on the postcard?

When I received the postcard above, I remember that Ravindra sent this one some years ago, and I never uploaded it to the blog. It is a better view of Sri Lanka's oldest light station, dated from 1848 (But the current tower is the third one, erected in 1939).

18 January 2018

Postcards from Spain

Isla Promenade / Castilfalé Archs

Atocha Railway Station/ Tropical Garden

Andalusian patio

Peñafiel / S. Cebrián de Mazote / Ureña / San Pablo (Valladolid)
La Mota (Medina del Campo) / Tordesillas / Portillo / Simancas
Olmedo / Sta. Mª de la Sta. Espina / Villafuerte / Tierra de Campos

Postcards sent by Laura, Lluïsa and Mum.

15 January 2018

Three Covers with Lighthouses

Sometimes months pass without receiving any lighthouse. And then, suddenly, these three envelopes arrive the same day*!

Sent by Eva (Germany). Two lighthouses on the stamps: Staberhuk and Moritzburg. Can you notice the maps on the selvedge?

Sent by John (the UK). The five lighthouses shown are, from left to right: St. John's Point (Ireland), The Smalls (Wales), Needles Rocks (Isle of Wight), Bell Rock (Scotland) and Eddystone (England). I like how so many different territories of the British Islands are represented.

These are among my favourite lighthouse stamps, especially because of they showing the geographical situation, and that line at the bottom of each stamp that tell how the light flashes.

It is a reused First Day Cover (I mean that it had been previously sent to another recipient who, hmm... sold it?). Anyway, I'm happy that the postal service postmarked the low side of the envelope, so didn't cover the beautiful first day postmarks. Actually, the second postmark is also sea-related. It commemorates the 100th Anniversary of Merchant Navy Convoys.

And this envelope was gently sent by Ravindra (Sri Lanka). He had told me about one stamp, then he sent three lighthouses!: 

-Queen's Tower in Delft Island. It is believed that this tower was used as a Lighthouse during the Dutch period. This stamp was issued on 12 February 2017;

-Talaimannar Lighthouse on the North Western Coast of Sri Lanka. Also, issued on 12 February 2017;

- And the more recent issue (13 Septembre 2017): Dondra Head Lighthouse, near the southernmost point in Sri Lanka and is the tallest lighthouse in the country.

*Actually, that happened back in November. I take my time to publish, sometimes...

14 January 2018

Sunday Stamps | W(indmills)

Being windmills a favourite theme, it is not strange that I have chosen this word for W on Sunday Stamps-II...

These are the latest windmills I have got by snail mail: Achtkante Molen (Groot-Ammers), Oude Doornse Molen (Almkerk) and Broekzijse Molen (Abcoude), in the Netherlands. 

Heleen integrated the stamps on a beautiful mail art envelope, as you can see...

Front of the envelope

Back of the envelope

And a Mediterranean windmill arrived from the island of Paros in Greece...

13 January 2018

Polar Bears & More Winter Scenes

Phillip sent this shinning postcard with Christmas/New Year wishes using the United Nations postal service. He added one of the 2017 stamps that celebrate World Environment Day (big picture on Phillip's blog post), and also a simply beautiful mail art on the cover:

So finally I got three polar bears!

Heleen and Eric were the other happy recipients of these bears. It took more time for them to reach Spain that the Netherlands and France, how curious!

Folded postcard sent by Catherine (France), with a festive illustration of Dutch artist Anton Pieck.

Handmade collage sent by Eva (Germany).


I added this post to Maria's link Postcards for the Weekend, the theme today being Winter Scenes.

10 January 2018

Houses in the Mail

2018 will be a year of changes for me. At least, of country and house. I will move back to Spain next summer, but that is all I know. I still don't have idea where I am going to live. I wonder how my next house will be. So I decided to give the mystery the form of a postal project: Houses in the Mail.

The outside or the inside of one or more houses. It can be your house, your ideal house, a typical house of your country/town, a famous house you have visited, a fantasy or literary house, etc.

Write as much as you want to answer one of more of these questions:
  • What makes your house special?
  • How is the house you would like to live in?
  • How are the typical houses in your country?
  • Why do you like/dislike about the house you live in?
  • Which one is the most wonderful house you have been to?
  • ...
Free (drawing, picture, collage...). Commercial or altered postcards are also very welcome. Sent by snail mail, naked or in an envelope.

Postcard: 10x15 cm / 4x6 in
(Please, don't send anything much bigger)

You have the whole 2018 to send as many contributions as you wish. (But keep in mind that my address will change at the beginning of the summer.)

This is a personal project, not to take part in any public exhibition. All contributions will appear in this blog (unless you don't want to, of course). 

You will receive a piece of mail back. (Don't forget to let me know your address!!)

In case you don't have it... ask for my address (or more information).

Albums of received postcards

08 January 2018


«Une carte postale sous enveloppe était-elle encore une carte postale?»

Sébastien Lapaque, Théorie de la carte postale

06 January 2018


Envelope  sent by Fabienne (France). It is a beautiful mix of techniques: painting, collage... (And an interesting back that I will show in another post). I love especially the rubber stamp, offering a definition of to play.

Also the stamps, showing two masques of Micheangelo Durazzo (see here the complete set of 12 stamps) seem somehow appropriate to play...

05 January 2018

Christmas Is Not Over

At least, not until the Three Wise Men arrive tonight!

Letter sent by Phillip (the USA).

01 January 2018

Let It Snow!

Although snow can be bad for mailing purposes...

It is beautiful, isn't it?

And you can have a great walk in the snow...

... a memorable ski day...

Or, if you cannot ski at all (just like me!)... What about making a snowperson?

If you practice a lot... Well, maybe one day you can even build an ice castle!

31 December 2017

Sunday Stamps | U(nited Nations)

I received these letters months ago, sent by Phillip through the United Nations postal system. Both sets of stamps promote the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted at the 2015 UN Summit.

The stamps above were issued on 24 October 2016, and sent from New York (the USA). You can see the whole set here. Have you noticed that pretty postmark?

The letter below arrived from Vienna. The Smurfs stamps were launched to celebrate the International Day of Happiness on 20 March 2017. They want "to encourage people to take action to protect the planet and promote a peaceful and just world", with the slogan Even a small Smurf can make a big difference! 

I am adding this post to Sunday Stamps-II, for the letter U.

28 December 2017

Post Labels

UK (Written in Welsh)


Written in Basque

Collections of labels from other countries: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Official label from Spain
More no-official labels