Saturday, 10 October 2020

China - Food

 June 25, 2020

This lovely card arrived back in June from Caiute.  She wrote a short but friendly note on her card.

She said;

Hello! A greeting from China! My name is Caiute. This food is "Instant Spicy Steampot", from Chengdu City. I like it.  Best Wishes!

The fish and the kitty on the back of the stamp is a big sticker. I was able to get a good copy of it for you.

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Finland - Black & White Actress

 June 15, 2020

This card came to me from Finland. The sender wrote the whole card about Marlene Dietrich, the actress on the card, rather than anything about herself. It was quite a disappointing message. I love the card of course, but I can Wikipedia Marlene Dietrich myself! I can't Wikipedia the sender. Still, the card is great and the stamps are very cool.

Marjatta wrote;


Marie Magdalene "Marlene" Dietrich was a german-American actress and singer. She performed from the 1910s to the 1980s. The Blue Angel, Morocko [Morocco], Shan[g]hai Express, Blonde Venus, The Devil is a Woman, Desiree etc.

All the best!


Enjoyment without regrets!
And nothing else!
(From Google Translate)

Really lovely stamps.

Friday, 2 October 2020

Belarus - Art & Culture

 June 12, 2020

This card came from Belarus from Katerina.  She was a little unusual in that she used a printed message attached to her card. I do prefer actual handwriting, but since there all are sorts of reasons why people might send that to me, I don't mind. The good thing is I can actually read it!  She wrote about the culture of the people depicted on the card, which I enjoyed learning.

[handwritten in Belarussian] Hello!

Greetings from Belarus! My name is Katerina, I am 20 years old, I study in Germany, but I come from Minsk. I am very happy to send a postcard to Japan! I am interested in foreign languages and once tried to learn Japanese with a Japanese person. This is incredibly difficult! I like to learn different cultures and I want to send you a postcard with very interesting people - the Tatars. These are people who live in Russia and speak a language similar to Turkish. They usually practice Islam. There are also Tatars in my country, but very few of them.

[handwritten in English]

Best Wishes 


I really love the unusual stamps that I receive on my postcards, this one is no exception!

Thank you Katerina for the card and stamp!

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Netherlands - Books

 June 12, 2020

This card came from the Netherlands from Mattias.  I grew up reading Puffin Books, so even though I didn't read this particular one, this was a fun card to receive. He wrote an interesting note if a bit scattered in topics!

He said,

Hoi Helen! I 🧡 books! From childhood. So it was no surprise that I studied for librarian. I worked for 2 decades in a library and was truck driver on a library on wheels. Fun to go to "remote" and little villages. I still enjoy books and read novels and biography most. And discovered Marie Kondo some time ago! Her books are helpful to me. Now I read from Erica FATLAND=the Frontier; a travel through all Russian neighbour countries. It's 700+ pages.

Happy Day.    Mattias

I think that this may have been a Christmas stamp leftover, but I'm not sure!

Monday, 28 September 2020


 June 20, 2020

This card was sent by Andreas from Germany and he wrote about his interests and how it relates to the card he sent. I liked that a lot as it helps me understand why he picked the card he did.

He wrote;

Hello Helen...

I'm Andreas from Hamburg(Germany) and i have been interested in art (Graffiti, Street Art, etc.) for about 30 years. The motif on the card is here in the city and i hope you like it. Japan is also very colorful, i think... :-)

best wishes & stay healthy!!


He sent this card....

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Taiwan - Movie Card

June 2, 2020

This card arrived back in June and was a nice surprise. I haven't seen the movie on the front however. It came from Penny in Taiwan. She wrote a lovely friendly note and used amazing stamps on the card.

She wrote,
Hello Helen,
I have been to Yamagata for 2 time, both of them are going to Zao, cause I want to see the Jyuhyo (Snow Monsters) with blue sky! And I saw it in second time trip! Lucky me.


[Mt. Zao in Yamagata-ken is famous for strange snow formations in winter. The snow covers the trees, but the strong winds carve the snow and it looks like snow monsters. I've never seen them as Zao is more than 2 hours away and the roads aren't great in winter!]

I don't know anything about this film, I've never seen it or even heard of it!

These stamps that Penny used are amazing. I am not sure which one I like most.

Thank you Penny!

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Germany - Books

June 1, 2020

I'm back! At least for now. Things will likely be slow around here, just because I'm not sending a lot of cards and therefore not receiving many. However, I have some catch up to do so here goes!

Michaela sent this cool card from Germany with a short note. I liked it.

She wrote,

Hello Helen,
My name is Michaela. I like to travel, read, animals and lots more. I work as a nurse here in Wegberg.
Love, Michaela

I really like this cool bookshelf. Is it a lending library?

Interesting Tunnel I think!