Friday, 17 August 2018

Russia - Tea

July 5, 2018

This card came from Katya in Russia.  She has some exciting news on her card too.

She wrote;

Hi Helen! My name is Katya, and I wanted to share with you the good news, on August 31 I'm getting married!

More like serial than movies, but impressed with a film "The Millionaire from Truseb" [Slumdog Millionaire].  Good luck and success in POSTCROSSING :)

I turned the pictures of the stamps 90 degrees because they were sideways on the card.  The sport one is interesting. 

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Russia - Book

July 3, 2018

This pretty card came to me more than a month ago from Alena in Russia.  I've been busy lately and haven't had much time to keep this blog up or do Postcrossing at all. Sigh.  Still, I have a backlog of cards, so let's hope these help keep my blog going.

She wrote,

Hi Helen!  My name is Alena.  I from Moscow.
Do you like live in Japan? My favorite film is
One Day with Ann Hataway[sic]. Do you like it?

Hope you like this card:) Best wishes!

Very interesting stamp on the right.  I wish I knew more about it!

Thursday, 2 August 2018


June 21, 2018

This card came from Johanna in the Netherlands.  She wrote a friendly message about getting around in her area.  It's quite different than in my part of the world!

Johanna wrote;

Hi Helen,

The famous Kinderdijk mills are about 10 km away from where I live.  The area always is very crowded with tourists.

If I should like to go there it is possible to travel by waterbus over the river: no parking problems, and the bicycle has free transport.

Happy Postcrossing,

Werelderfgoed Kinderdijk

 These stamps are in one strip, the margins are just as interesting as the stamps themselves!

Tuesday, 31 July 2018


June 20, 2018

This interesting little card came from Tania in the Ukraine.  She wrote a friendly fun note on the back and used interesting stamps, so this was a good Postcrossing.

Tania wrote;

Hi, Helen!

I have chosen this card as I Bet you haven't seen Gapchinska's angels. And it reminded me of Japan. This spring I have watched full season of a travel show "World Upside Down" filmed in Japan.  It was sooo interesting!!

I work as a teacher and this week I asked my students to watch "The Iron Lady" and "The King's Speech" for the test.  Have you watched them?

Best wishes,


Seven Goldfish
These are the stamps that were on the back of the card.  Interesting!

Friday, 27 July 2018

Costa Rica

June 20, 2018

This card was a lovely surprise.  Costa Rica isn't a terribly common country to get so when this card arrived it made me quite happy.

One of my friends from high school spent a lot of time in Costa Rica and loved it. He always said it was a good place to go.  I would love to visit sometime!

Pablo wrote me a friendly message on the back;

Hello Helen:

My name is Pablo and I live in the capital city of my country. Costa Rica is a small and pacific country in Central America.  One interesting fact about Costa Rica is that we abolished our army in 1948.

Manuel Antonio [on the card] is my favorite national park, and also my favorite place in the whole world. I try to go there once every month, but this year I have only been there once, my work has kept me very busy.  Best Wishes.


Manuel Antonio
Parque Nacional
Foto Jean Mercier
Really beautiful stamps, and fairly clear cancellation stamps too.  

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Italy - Movie Card

June 19, 2018

I believe it was a short time ago I vowed to post twice a week from now on, but I had a couple of weekend trips recently and I wasn't able to.  Who knows if I'll be able to post regularly or not?  Not me!

I got this card from Michelle in Italy.  I'm sure I've had it before but probably not from Italy!  I don't expect anyone to skim through all 1400 or so of my cards to see if I've received something, just would hope they'd check to see if I received it from their own country.

She wrote a short friendly note and used lovely stamps on the back of the card.

Michelle wrote:

Hi Helen! I'm Michelle, 21 y.o., from Italy. I study Accounting at university of Benq[can't read it],
my hometown.
In my free time I like watch old films and Casablanca its one of this!
I wish you all the best!


Really love the mixture of Italian stamps on the card.  There's sports, wine and a priest who was killed by the Mafia. With the latter, there is a film tie-in as well, as a film was made of his life. 

Tuesday, 17 July 2018


June 18, 2018

I received this card in a batch one day, Natalie sent it and asked me quite a few questions that were fun to answer when I thanked her for the card.

Natalie wrote:

I'm sending you regards from the very south of Germany, Bavaria. I live in the city called Sonthofen. It's near the famous castle of King Ludwig "Neuschwastein"-you may know it?
Why did you move to Japan?
You left your family and friends?
I guess this might be the hardest thing...

All the best!