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.

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 GojÅ«-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.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Germany - Book

March 4, 2017

This card came from Germany and was sent by Marta.  She wrote a note on the back full of good wishes and used great stamps.  

Robert James Gordon - Woman Reading
Marta wrote,

"Hello Helen,
many greetings from
Germany, Berlin.
My name is Marta, I'm
31 years old.
I hope you like this card?
In my spare time I travel, 
drawing, hiking, penpa-
lling, music, meet friends...
I wish you all the best
and a lot of beautiful
  kind regards Marta"

I like the stamp, I think I've had one in this series before!

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Hong Kong - Taiwan's Food

February 28, 2017

This interesting card came from a sender in Hong Kong.  I was a little confused at first, because the card comes from Taiwan, but these things happen.

Oyster Omelet
Emilie wrote,
"Hello 😀
Taiwan is close to 
Japan. I guess you must
have visited there before.
I love Taiwanese food
very much. Super delicious!
And Oyster omelet is
my recommendation!
😀 Best, Emilie"

Emilie used some really gorgeous bird stamps on my postcard.  They are quite beautiful. Remember, if you click on the pictures, you can see them bigger!  It is worth it for these stamps.  

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Czech Republic

February 13, 2017

Miroslava sent this beautiful card to me with a great note on the back and some beautiful stamps.  Yay!

She wrote,

"Dear Helen,
greetings from Brno,
it's the second largest city in 
the Czech republic. On the picture 
is beautiful cathedral of St.
Peter and Paul. My favourite
movies are Notting Hill, Pretty 
Woman and the Czech Kolja-
it won an Oscar.  I love books 
especially thrillers, detectives story
and ghost stories.  Good luck 
in postcrossing and have a nice day.
PS: Happy Birthday!

 These are great stamps and the cancellation mark doesn't spoil them either.