30 September 2021

29 September 2021

Are You Ready for World Postcard Day?

I have already got a postcard (from Imma - PC) with the official design for the World Postcard Day. Are you ready to send some postcards on 1st October?

28 September 2021

Reading Women...

 ... in high places!

Reading on the Rocks, Grand Manan
John George Brown

Keep Reading
Illustration by Alexandra Dvornikova

Postcards sent by Bryon (the USA) and Lena (Russia).

26 September 2021

Sunday Stamps | Japan

For this week's topic in Sunday Stamps, Asia, I have chosen the latest stamps arrived from Japan.

12 January 2021: Flower Raft in Hirosaki Park (Aomori Prefecture),
9 October 2020: Canary and Peonies, by Hokusai. for the International Letter Writing Week.

25 May 1973: Quasi-National Parks: Mt. Kamagatake
5 March 2003: Cosmos & Saku Cosmos, Highway - Toshin Area

These stamps arrived in August, on the back of two Postcrossing postcards. Some people not only send beautiful postcards: they take a lot of care of the backs!

24 September 2021

Drawing the Summer - III

“There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke, though the wit thereof he but dimly discerns, and more than suspects that the joke is at nobody's expense but his own.”
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

Envelope sent to Laura (the UK).

23 September 2021

We Celebrate

Papersisters has sent me a postcard because of their birthday!

22 September 2021

Autumn Begins

Illustrated envelopes sent to Rosemary (Canada) and Fabienne (France).

20 September 2021

Summer 2021: Staycation & Unplanned Trips Postcards

Paris, France
(Sent from the UK)

Chemainus, British Columbia

Butchery Lane, Canterbury
The United Kingdom

Burgate, Canterbury
The United Kingdom

Kent, the garden of England
The United Kingdom

Kew Gardens
London, the UK

Loon op Zand
The Netherlands

Yellowstone Lake

(Sent from the UK)

19 September 2021

Sunday Stamps | Ponte Vasco da Gama

Today's theme in Sunday Stamps is Post War Architecture. I hope this stamp fits in!

The Vasco da Gama Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge over the Tagus river, near Lisbon (Portugal). With its 12,3 km length, it is the second longest bridge in Europe. Its construction started in 1995 and finished in 1998. 

The stamp was issued on 9 May 2018, as the Portuguese EUROPA stamp for the theme Bridges.

18 September 2021

Summer 2021: Vacation Postcards

The Devil's Punchbowl
Between Depoe Bay and Newport, Central Oregon Coast

Spinalonga, Crete
... With matching stamp!

Otters & Dolphins

Also with perfectly matching stamps!

Wash Day (in Scotland)
From a watercolour by Alisdair Wiseman

(More stamps from the same series.)

16 September 2021

Drawing the Summer - II

Envelope sent to Heleen (the Netherlands). It arrived (swimming?) safe and sound.

15 September 2021

Botanical Postcards

Ackee Fruit
(aka Spanish lime)

Watercolour on vellum by James Bolton
c. 1735-99), depicting an
extravagantly patterned
Iris persica, and
Leucojum aestivum.

Three Crocomia cultivars or montbretias:
from the top. 'Star of the East', 'Vesuvuis' and
'Queen of Spain'. By Graham Stuart Thomas

Postcards sent by Naoko (Japan) and Laura (the UK).

13 September 2021

Dennis Stamp

Letter sent by Alan (the UK). Ar first sight, the stamp looked like a drawing on the envelope! It belongs to this series.

12 September 2021

Sunday Stamps | Emilio Sánchez

Today's theme in Sunday Stamps is Art/Paintings. I have chosen these stamps I got last week.

The stamps on the right feature two works by the artist Emilio Sánchez. You can read more about this issue here. It includes two more stamps.

I am afraid the sender did not pay attention when he stuck the stamps on the envelope. The artworks  make much more sense in the right way:

Untitled (Ventanita entreabierta)
Lowe Art Museum

En el Souk
Syracuse University Art Museum

Update 24/Oct/2021: I got more stamps from this series.

Update 04/Jan/2022:

11 September 2021

Drawing the Summer - I

Sent to Heleen (the Netherlands). Probably this drawing only makes sense to the recipient...

I am happy to see it travelled well.

10 September 2021

Fancy a Beer?

How to be British No. 44
Artwork by Martyn Ford

Budweiser retro ad

 Postcards sent by Laura (UK) and Gosia (the Netherlands).

08 September 2021

Now This Is a Good Idea!

Postcard sent by Bryon (the USA),

06 September 2021

A Bit of Japan and Japanese in My Mailbox

"A pinch of sweet pleasure"

Gion Festival in Kyoto

"Fly high"

Ukiyo-e art by Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Collage on envelope

Rouleau en tissu de brocart (nishiki) du Dit du Genji, livre XLVIII
Les Pouses de fougères (détail). Itarô Yamaguchi

Musée national des arts asiatiques
Guimet, France

Pieces of mail sent by Naoko, Nana, Ikue and Michiko (Japan), Fabienne (France) and Laura (the UK).