Friday, 26 April 2019


March 18, 2019

This card arrived in an envelope with a bunch of "stuff" that I don't know why the sender sent them to me!  There was no reason given and when I asked for an explanation of what they are I didn't get one.  So, it's a mystery.

Tini wrote in all caps;

Hi Helen,
Greetings from the beautiful old hanseatic town of Stralsund. In our city about 57000 people live. My home town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. All the best
=28-02-2019 = Tini

The "stuff" that Tini sent.  I'll pass the stamps on to a friend but the sports cards? No idea what they are for.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Germany - Food & Drink

March 18, 2019

Birgit sent this card from Germany with a little note about herself.  I like personalized notes so this was nice to receive.

She wrote;

I live in a small town in Sauerland (Germany). I like music, doing arts and crafts and traveling.
My dream destination is the North Pole.
Best wishes Birgit
"Happy Postcrossing"

Joseph Mansfeld (1819-94)
Stillleben mit einer Flasche Champagner 1882
(Still Life with a bottle of champagne)

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Germany - Food

March 18, 2019

This was an odd card to receive as it has a child on it and I have specifically asked NOT to receive cards with children on it. The sender sent it as it has food on it, but didn't explain why they ignored the other part of my request!

Fati wrote,

Since you like food, I send you my grandson Raphael enjoying his favorite meal with gusto for his birthday : "Psaghetti"  :-)

I can imagine how life is different in Japan. Do you cope well?  I live part time in Germany and the other part in Dubai.


I do wonder if his parents know that his grandmother is sending pictures of their child all over the world?!

Monday, 15 April 2019


March 16, 2019

On my profile, I ask people to send pictures of things they like and to explain why they like it. Very few people ever take up the challenge (I wish more would!) but Irina in Bulgaria did. She wrote a lovely bit about the card and it really made my day.

She wrote,

Dear Helen, for your collection I've chosen this card because I like this pottery a lot! It's rather heavy though and I only buy plates sometimes - I like different cups and plates on my table - so I stopped buying sets long ago :)   I'm originally Russian, live in Sofia, fond of art & my two grown ups.

Lots of best wishes!

Knowing that Irina likes this pottery makes it an even nicer card in my view.  Thanks so much :-)
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 I like the stamp too.  I don't receive a lot of cards from Bulgaria so this was a lovely Postcrossing.

Friday, 5 April 2019

United States - Art/Books

March 14, 2019

This beautiful card came from Diane in New York State.  She wrote a very inquisitive note on the back of the card, which didn't strike me as being friendly.  Perhaps I'm wrong.

She wrote,

Hello Helen-my name is Diane. I live just north of Syracuse, N.Y. My first thought after reading your bio was - do you go home to Canada regulary? Do you miss where you grew up? Has your family come to Japan. And lastly - why have you not made the effort to learn the language with living there so long? I live with my husband of 341/2 years and our dog & cat. Our son (30) and daughter (26) are both married & live in Buffalo, N.Y. It's winter here. We average 125 inches of snow each year & are well on our way to that Mark and perhaps more!


The Reading Woman II
Eastman Johnson(American, 1824-1906)
The Little Convalescent, about 1873-1879

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Germany - Movie Related

March 13, 2019

This card arrived on a rainy day and for some reason, the postal worker must have carried the card uncovered to our mail slot. The back of the card is all streaky and the ink is very blurry. It's quite hard to read, so please forgive me if I don't transcribe it correctly.

Manon wrote,
Guias de! we said in Bavarial Germany for a Hello! I'm Manon 48 years old and I live by Munich. Gumving is a surge City with 41,000 People.

Best wishes!


Quite an interesting stamp. I don't think I've seen the red one before. I think it shows the story of The Valiant Little Tailor.

Friday, 29 March 2019

Russia - Tea

March 12, 2019

This card came from Tanya in Russia. She wrote a few nice words on the back of her card.

She said,

Hello, Helen!
My name is Tanya! I regularly live between Tver and Moscow. The train ride is surprisingly pleasant. I love reading and discovering new things in daily life. I know that our world is getting better and better, every day a little bit, because of you and me.  ðŸ˜ƒ

Chamomile Mo[rest is obscured]

Interesting stamp on the left, the flower one is a sticker and the other stamps are fairly ordinary.