19 March 2019

To Infinity and Beyond

Science-fiction themed letter sent to Phillip (the USA), drawn from a Tom Gauld's design.

Hand-painted vintage astronaut sent to Eric (France) for his Science Fiction mail art call.

Envelope sent to David (the USA). Drawing this one, I found out that it is quite difficult to distinguish female/male astronauts when they are wearing the helmet...

18 March 2019

Longing for Spring Flowers?

I received this envelope from Phillip (the USA) last week, on 12 March. How cool is when the cacti say your name? I must confess that I didn't realise it at first sight, and I wondered why only my surname was on the envelope. Silly me!

If you have a look at the mail I got the same day (three letters and a postcard), you will discover a pattern: there are flowers on all the stamps! I guess my friends are waiting for the spring to come...

17 March 2019

D for Dolto

Françoise Dolto (1908-1988) was a French pediatrician and psychoanalyst. All her life, she worked for the cause of children, with the aim of making them to grow up; she contributed by her work to radically change the look that adults have made on the children. She remains a reference for children's professionals and the general public. 

The stamp was issued in 2018.

For the current round of Sunday Stamps A-Z I am showing stamps dedicated to women. You can see here all the Women on Stamps featured on this blog.

Go to Sunday Stamps to enjoy more D-stamps.

16 March 2019

May Your Beers Be Green and Cold

Saint Patrick's Day wishes sent to Laura (the UK). The money I stuck was not from a pot of gold, but made by Alan (except the 100€ stamp: that is an official one!).

May your days be bright and sunny
May your beers be green and cold
May ye will be gettin lucky
when you are wrinkly and old.
And may someday a pot of gold
in your own yard, ye find,
and when you do, remember to
keep folks like me in mind! 

15 March 2019

Which Cancellation Do You Prefer?

Ok, just a rhetorical question.

This is not exception. I have a collection of beautifully cancelled stamps. These are only the last ones I have got. I really like the zeal Royal Mail puts in doing its job right.

14 March 2019

Trunks & Horns

Envelope sent to Laura (the UK).

In my language, we use the same word for 'trunk' and 'horn': trompa. And, strange it might seem, that was the matter of the letter inside...

13 March 2019

Special & Beautiful Post Boxes

This postcard was sent by John (the UK) last December. It was posted in a musical Christmas post box in Line Street Station, Liverpool. You can read more about this mail adventure and see the festive post box on John's blog.

On the back, some matching stamps (attacked by the dreadful postal blue pen!!),

South Africa's older letter box still in use is in Worcester Street, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. The box was erected in about 1856 and is fluted in design, with a horizontal letter slot with a flap. The box is traditional Post Office red.
Postcard sent by Dave (South Africa).

Smiling Postman, c. 1900
A French postman posting a letter on this vintage postcard also sent by John (the UK). 

The canals and Beguin convent
Bruges, Belgium
This postcard sent by Laura (the UK) is special because... me too, I have been there!

12 March 2019

Oxbridge Again

A view of the University of Oxford (UK) sent by John. 

And some from the University of Cambridge (UK) sent by Laura:

Trinity Street

St. John's College

St. John's College Gate

More postcards of Oxbridge universities, here.

From time to time, I also receive postcards showing other universities!

Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia

11 March 2019

HitM | Celebrating the House

This is another entry to the Houses in the Mail project sent by Phillip (the USA). It celebrates the new house. It was thoughtful to add some beers, just in case we prefer it to wine...

This is another beer themed letter Phillip sent to me:

Or maybe an Elvis-themed letter, it we look closer at the stamps...

10 March 2019

C for Casgrain

Thérèse Casgrain (1896-1981) was a French Canadian feminist, reformer, politician and senator. She led the women's suffrage movement in Quebec and campaigned for women's rights and for the right to vote in Quebec elections, a right that was not won until 1940. She was also the first woman to lead a provincial political party in Canada.

This stamp was issued on 17 April 1985.

For the current round of Sunday Stamps A-Z I am showing again stamps dedicated to women. You can see here all the Women on Stamps featured on this blog.

Go to Sunday Stamps to enjoy more C-stamps.

09 March 2019

Some Days, Some Dreams

Themed letter sent to David, of Posted Letter (the USA). (The blue and white lighthouse was cut from an old place mat and turned into a shaped postcard.)

08 March 2019

Women Envelope

I think the 8 March is the right day to show this wonderful (big!) envelope sent by Fabienne (France), so beautifully drawn and collaged, that shows only women on stamps.

07 March 2019

The Mail Monsters Project | 28

Do you remember the Mail Monsters Project? I finished most of the letters with this words:
I hope you enjoy this project as much as I do. And, who knows? Maybe another mail monster will appear in your mailbox…
And this is what has happened! This pink monster was one of those that went astray. It seems it reached its destination (Heleen's mailbox), but them, who knows? Maybe it was attacked by a home-loving mail monster. Heleen sends so many pieces of mail that probably she houses her own resident mail monster...

Sometimes, the Mail Monsters
lick a stamp for desert. Delicious!

But then, after long months... it reappeared! (And, amazingly, he has changed my address to the current one).

Sometimes, the Mail Monsters
lick a stamp for desert. Delicious!
Even sticker stamps :)

It wasn't 100% the same... but almost. (Just to be clear: I did not drew the monster on the white envelope. I only drew the one on the pink envelope.)

And it brought even some replies to the question Do you believe in Monsters?

I used to not believe in mail monsters until I lost Eva's mmm* in my own home! So the mail monster not only is in the mail buildings, mail vehicles and in mail boxes. The mail monster is everywhere!*mail monsters mail

Huh? What to you mean, "Mail Monsters"? It was Alice.


Yes, because they make cards like this one shrink. And they eat mail. And they tear or cut or fold the mail...

06 March 2019

"Polaroid" Postcards

It seems that Polaroid-style postcards are trendy... I received three last week! and I cannot say which one I love most.

They feature very beautiful views of the cities of Banyoles, Barcelona and Bruges -three places I have visited. 

05 March 2019

HitM | A House in the Winter

A contribution by Phillip (the USA) to the Houses in the Mail project, with those Andrew Wyeth stamps that are just perfect...

And a postcard with a view from the inside...

The Blue Tit Window