Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Czech Republic

April 28, 2017


This great card came from the Czech Republic and was sent by Tomas.   He wrote a nice, long message on the back of his card, which pleased me to no end.

He wrote,

Hi Helen,
My name's Tomas. I'm 34 y.o. man
from the Czech Republic. With my  
family living in small village
named Tlucna near of Pla[can't read the rest], centre
of the Western Bohemia.  I working 
in Prague, capital of the CZ. I'm
police officer.  My favorite hobbies are 
history, genealogy, sport and books.
I love famous novels of Franz
Kafka.  This card is about his
word in his novels.  I hope you'll like it.
Happy PC :-)
Tomas


The stamps are interesting too.  I've seen the flower one before, but I don't think I've see the other one.  It's too bad that one of them is torn.  



This is the last Postcrossing card that I will receive for a while as I still haven't re-activated my account.  I have been buying postcards recently though, and I am hoping to start sending them out soon!

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Ukraine - Tea

April 18, 2017

I received this card from the Ukraine while I was off line.  I love it, which is why I want to share it with all of you!  It comes from Alexandra.  She wrote a lovely note on the back and used a Ukrainian Postcrossing stamp, so it was a lovely little treat for me at a difficult time.





She wrote,

"Hello Helen!  My name is Alexandra. I live in Ukraine in the southern city of Odessa.  I work as a florist.  I'm fond of creativity, I like to draw.  In my free time I learn Chinese and English.  And I dream to visit Japan, China and Korea.  

Have a nice day and good luck."


This Postcrossing stamp is truly lovely!  I like how the design on her sleeves looks a bit like stamps. It is bright and colourful and sweet.  Good job Ukraine!  


Monday, 1 May 2017

Russia

March 18, 2017

I am back...mostly!  My internet connection is not perfect, and I haven't had time to re-activate my Postcrossing account, but I did receive a few cards while I was offline and thought I would show you one of them now.

I received this beautiful card just before I moved so I wasn't able to post it for you as I had planned.  It has a very dreamy quality, as I'm sure you will agree when you see it.  It comes from Russia and was sent by Alyona.



Alyona wrote a lovely note to me, here is what she said,

"Hello Helen!
Many warm greetings from northern Arkhangelsk.
(something in Russian)
Solovetsky Islands are one of the most beautiful sights in our region.
I've been there several times and dream
of going to Solovki again. Amazing architecture, 
beautiful nature and fantastic atmosphere.
No doubt this place is worth visiting!
Lots of sunshine and warm spring days,

Alyona


These are the great stamps that were on her card.  Very nice!  I like the architecture.


Friday, 17 March 2017

A Bit of Bad News....

March 17, 2017

Just want to let my loyal readers know that I am putting this blog on hold for a while.  I am in the middle of moving to a new home, and have already put my Postcrossing account on hold.  I have now blogged all of the postcards I have received up til now. I am hoping to reboot my blog when I have settled in and have more new postcards to share with you all.

If I am able, I might participate in the Blog Linky Parties, but may not have my internet sorted out yet!

I hope to be back with you all soon!

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Russia- Non Official Postcrossing Card

March 8, 2017

This nice card arrived from Russia and was actually a second card from the sender!

The Malachite Drawing Room. 1838-1839

She wrote on the back,
"Hi, Helen!
My name is Valentina.  I send you a second postcard,
because I did not sure that the first one will be delivered.

Ygazu! = Good Luck!"

I sent Valentina a thank you note via Postcrossing to say that I did receive both cards, and thanked her for the second card, because of course I can't register it too.  I loved her first card, I like this one a lot too.  If you'd like to see the other card she sent, it is blogged about here.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Taiwan - Food

March 8, 2017

This delicious card came from Taiwan and was sent by Judy.  She wrote a great note on the back of the card and used great stamps too.  Hurray for that!

Judy wrote,
"Hello, Helen, best greetings from Taiwan.
I live in Taipei. I am Judy.  This card
is presented Taiwanese staple dish-Lu
Rou Fan (Braised Pork Rice). It's a true
symbol of Taiwan. It is created with
different methods in southern and
northern Taiwan. I like both of them.
It's really delicious.  And...I'm a little
hungry now.  Hope you like this card.
                                 Judy"


These stamps look rather delectable too!

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Postcards for the Weekend: Mount Haguro Pagoda

March 11, 2017

The theme for today's Blog Linky Party is from a country you have visited or a favourite place in your country that you have visited.  That's quite a mouthful, so I am choosing Japan and specifically, a place in my own city.

Tsuruoka is known as the gateway to the Dewa-Sanzen, three sacred mountains.  The Three Sacred Mountains are Mt. Haguro, Mt. Gassan and Mt. Yudono.  Mount Haguro is within Tsururoka city  and is a very special place.

There is a pagoda on the Mountain that was built hundreds of years ago out of wood, without using nails.  It has burned down on occasion or been otherwise damaged, but has always been rebuilt.  To visit the pagoda, you must climb down many stone steps and walk through gorgeous woods.  Walking through the woods is magical.  The area is special and peaceful and incredibly beautiful.

The man with the shell is a Yamabushi, or mountain priest.  I sometimes see them
walking through my city!



This is the Gojū-tō, or five storied pagoda on Mt. Haguro.  



A night view.


This is the best view of the pagoda that I could find in postcards.  It doesn't do it justice.

Japan Post office also released a Gotochi Card of the pagoda. Since I have seen the original, I wasn't terribly impressed, but since it a "local" card, I like it!


For people in great physical condition, or pilgrims, the next step is to walk up the 2000 odd steps to the top of the mountain to the shrine.  I have never done that.  What I do instead is climb back up the steps to the road and have my husband drive us to the top of the mountain!

The shrine at the top is also quite beautiful, but I'll save that for another day!

Thank you for joining me on my too brief look at the Mt. Haguro Pagoda.  Please visit the other members of the Blog Linky Party to see what they are showing off today.