Saturday, 18 February 2017


February 17, 2017

The theme of this weekend's Blog Link-Up Party is Gratitude.  Not many of my postcards are connected to this theme, but I did manage to find one that fits.  Hurray!

On a more personal note, I actually am so grateful for almost all of my postcards.  The fact that people choose lovely cards, write nice things on the back and then send them to me is a wonderful thing.  There are some days when a nice postcard in the mail just lifts my spirits.  It is funny how mail can do that!

I'm afraid I don't remember much about this card.  It was sent from Germany and was rather colourful and fun.  I received it in September 2013. I love the multi-language idea.  It is so simple, but lovely!

Please see the other members of the Blog Link-Up Party for their take on the theme of Gratitude.  Thank YOU for visiting my blog today!  I hope to see you again soon.  

Friday, 17 February 2017


February 3, 2017

This postcard came from Germany and Monique wrote about her area of the world.

Monique wrote,

"Hello Helen,
Greetings from Germany.  More specifically, from Saxon, Switzerland.  This is near Dresden.  Maybe you know this city.

On the card you can see the Bastei Bridge, it is made of stone and very high. From there you have a great view over the nature. I hope you like the card.  Have a nice day. 😄

Best wishes, Monique"

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Russia - Art

January 31, 2017

This next card comes from St. Petersburg and was sent by Alana.  She wrote a nice note and put some cute goat stickers all over the back of the card!

The east wall
The Florentine mosaic of Taste

Alana wrote,

"Hello!  Greetings from Russia.  My name's Alana. I live in St. Petersburg. I have 2 cats and German Shepherd-his name's Ramses, like Egyptian pharaoh.  Yeah, I love Egyptian history.

I also want to start playing the ukulele.

Best wishes and good luck in new year,


Wednesday, 15 February 2017


January 31, 2017

This card came from China with a friendly message on the back from Chen Jie.  She also wrote something in kanji that I cannot translate.

She wrote,

"Hi, Helen. I'm Chen jie, a girl from China.  I hope you will like the post card.
Hope you a good day! 😊 "

This card looks like it should be a manga card, but there isn't any information on the back.  
It reminds me a bit of Sherlock!

This stamp is from the Beijing Olympics. I think it is quite beautiful in its simplicity.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Japan - Gotochi Card

January 30, 2017

This beautiful card came to me from Yokohama in Kanagawa Prefecture and was sent by Erika.  She wrote the card and put a nice stamp and a friendly note on the back, so I really liked it.

Erika wrote,
"Hello Helen 😃
My name is Erika. I live with two budgies inYokohama.  My budgie's name are Anzu and Yuzu.  They can speak some words.  This card is "Minato Mirai 21". I often go there to shop.  I hope that you like this card too.


The interesting thing is that I have been to Yokohama a couple of times, the last being about 3 years ago, just before a terrible snowstorm hit the area.  I ended up being stuck in a city near Yokohama for an extra day as all of the trains were stopped.  I went to Minato Mirai 21 and did a little shopping and eating there.  It was a very interesting area to visit.

Minato Mirai 21
 I rarely see this stamp as I don't usually buy stamps in this amount. It is rather pretty!

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Love Related Cards

February 11, 2017

Warning: Lots of long expository paragraphs here today.  Feel free to skip and just look at the pretty cards if you are in a hurry!

Apologies for the lengthy gap in posting.  I took a week off to celebrate my birthday and travel to another city which is generally a little warmer and has a lot less snow than my city does.  It was a bit of a winter break, except it was cold and snowy there too for a change!

Today's Blog Linky Party's Theme is Love. I am not always the biggest fan of "Love" because sometimes my definition of love doesn't agree with other people's definition of love.  However, Valentine's Day is just around the corner so it is seasonally appropriate!

As an aside, I thought I might mention the difference between Valentine's Day in Japan and most other countries.  In Japan, women give chocolates to the men in their lives.  They give "Giri-choco" or obligation chocolates to male co-workers, male friends or anyone close to them with whom they do not have a romantic relationship.  Women give "Honmei-choco" to their boyfriends or husbands. The Honmei-choco is often handmade or very gorgeous.

There is quite a lot of information about this tradition on the internet, I am referring my readers to a blog that I follow if interested.

Men are obliged to respond in March on White Day (March 14th) when they give something back to the women that showered them with chocolates.  Unfortunately, they usually don't give back chocolate, they give cookies.  Cookies are nice, but they aren't chocolate!

Here in my family in Japan we do things just a little bit differently!  My husband and I exchange presents on Valentine's Day and on White Day.  Sometimes we give chocolates, sometimes more creative presents.  One of my favourite gifts was a fishing rod so that I could join my husband in one of his favourite hobbies! I think we have the best of both traditions this way 😍

But, you came here for the postcards not a Social Studies lesson.  Here we go...

I received this card from France in 2015.  I like the happy fun vibe of the card, but as I originally noted in my blog entry, I'm a tad worried about the "Punch" like puppet that the man is holding.  What does that mean?
Rob Cochrane
Gay Couple 1986
My next two cards are both from movies.  The first one, which I received in 2014 is from a movie that I haven't heard of and have no information about either.  IMDb lists it as being from 1947, but there is no plot summary at all.  However, it looks very fiery and romantic! The card was sent from Australia in 2014.

Romeo and Juliet is one of those movies that probably soured me on romance.  They were such pretty people, fell in love with each other and died.  (I hope I didn't need a spoiler alert there!) During my Shakespeare class in University, we watched the movie.  The man sitting next to me was a Star Trek fan and at a point in the movie when Romeo's page says to him, "Live and Prosper," the man made Spock's Vulcan salute.  I wish I could say that I smiled politely.  I wish I could.  

Unfortunately I started howling with laughter to the point of tears running down my face and even leaving the room didn't help much.  This was just before the two lovers met their fate so at my college I am known forever as the girl who laughed at Romeo and Juliet. 
This card arrived in 2016 from Germany.  I actually like the card and the film, despite my story.  Olivia Hussey is quite popular in Japan as she had a Japanese husband at one time. 

 I do like this card below and how it shows the couple wrapped up in each other.  It was sent to me from Russia in 2014.
Valentine - Vladimir Kamaev
Thank you so much for visiting my postcard blog.  I love that you visited me, and I would LOVE it even more if you left a friendly comment. Please share the LOVE with the other members of the Blog Linky Party too and see what kind of cards they posted.

Until next time....

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Black and White - Actress and Writer

January 23, 2017

This great card came from Germany with a lovely note on the back from the sender.  She didn't write her name on the card but her note was friendly and chatty which I loved.

She wrote,

"Hello Helen,
Many greetings from the Bremen town musicians in the north of Germany, where I live together with my family, 2 dogs and 6 cats.  

My favorite films are French comedies, because my husband comes from the Provence.

Don't forget to smile today!  

We have now a lot of snow and sunny weather.  Our dogs love snow, the cats not!"

I really like this card.  It seems so "normal" in a way.  I know Marilyn Monroe was married to Arthur Miller, but it really is a frozen moment of time, not sure if it was posed first or not.  

Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, New York City, 1957
I think the big blueish stamp is a new one.  I don't think that I have seen it before.  I hope to get a less stamped version of it sometime!