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July 30, 2010

Postcrossing: DE-647124

From Germany

Postcrossing - LV-18436

From Latvia received today...


The Orwell Bridge in Pencil

The Orwell Bridge, Ipswich, Suffolk, United Kingdom


Photo Courtesy by Wikipedia

and THEN

Drawing of The Orwell Bridge by Keith Pilling

(Please click to enlarge to read the detail)

I am somewhat privileged to own this Keith Pilling's pencil-sketched postcard of The Orwell Bridge handed down to me by a friend (who lived in Ipswich) a long time ago. Since I notice that this was not posted in the mail, I guessed this must have had been sent along with the parcel of goodies.

Keith Pilling, an artist from Barham, Ipswich was also the publisher of this postcard.

July 27, 2010

TW-172571 - The Beauty of Penghu

Sent by sheena81228 (Hsin Yu) of Taiwan.
Fen-Cha-Zai of Chimei
An Art Painting of Fen-Cha-Zai of Chimei.

July 25, 2010

Cut to the heart

Two street mailboxes I pass by each time I walk this street to our townshop or to the railway station. Two poor abandoned, deprived, neglected and untended for mailboxes - the pitiful sight of which have truly cut my heart. Sorry, but I am not posting this to disparage the owners. I could not even imagine how I managed to sneak in taking a photo of these poor fellas without me getting caught and being reprimanded by. I have longed to take a photo of these street mailboxes. It was only on this weekend that I finally had the courage to do so. The houses were looking the same as if they were uninhabited anyway. Looking at the waste of the place is what has been troubling me knowing that there are many out there who live and sleep on the street just because they have nowhere to live. Oh what a wasted blessing. Why can't everyone be blessed? My heart is bleeding to see something that is being taken for granted. (Must I mind my own business? But that is not my point.)

In Contrast, here's my Weekend Mail Participation

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This is hosted by Gemma from Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. Lovely place to be.

This is our town Post Office housed within Seven Hills Centro, a pretty convenient shopping center about 10 minutes walking distance from where I live. I purportedly took these photos for Post Crossing's 5th Anniversary.

I was supposed to have a picture of myself posting postcards but I was shy for there were too many people queuing for the service and there was no one I could bother. Instead I asked the Postal Lady if I could take a photo of her with a view to blog for my Postcrossing contribution and sweetly she conceded. Outside, I struggled taking a photo while dropping the postcards in a huge Red Mail Box securely installed outside the Post Office.

So from Postcrossing forum, I thought I will also extend my blog posting here for my Weekend Mail hosted by Gemma of Greyscale Territory. Please come along and join the fun. Just click the link below the Weekend Mail Logo.



July 24, 2010

The Royal Engagement

 Sent by Carol Ann Hewer, a long long time friend.

Did they live happily ever after? Are Fairy Tales found only inside the pages of your fairy books?

In my pure innocent mind, I really did not think royalties exist. I thought indeed they are just products or figments of imagination that I read in the book as a young school girl about a sob story of a young maiden among the cinder meeting a prince in the wood, where the prince charmed the cinder girl, fell in love with her, and they got married and lived happily ever after. Sadly, not in the case of Princess Diana.

Then one day, I worked for a Brit boss, whose wife and I regularly indulged in letter exchange that started off as "office correspondence" to personal communication. Part of that communication was her constant spoiling by sending me lots of good and nice stuff from England.

So one day, I received these postcards inside the parcel from her: The Engagement of Prince Charles to Lady Di. Boy! Wasn't I over the moon?

Today, Carol and I, extended that letter exchange through Facebook.



July 23, 2010

Postcrossing: FI-848569

A Postcard


and a stamp as well:


Sent in by Anumaria from Neittavalta FINLAND which she described as a small village with 190 people living there and 16 street lamps.

I love the white bursting clouds kissing the horizon and the green field and pine forest. This is my very first postcard received from Finland.

July 17, 2010

European Humour

Postcrossing, Postcard Friendship Friday and Weekend Mail

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From Susan of The Netherlands. Susan reckons I love to laugh, so she decided to send me a playful cat and a jumpy rat. They do make a circus pair, don't they? I think the wise cat wanted to dispense a mortifying agent to his sparing playmate and before he could do that, he decided to play a trick to the poor willing ratty. And what a jump he did make. Very good acrobat!

I got another one from Germany sent in by Mandy: a Leopard with Rising Moon. In actuality, this postcard by any means never denote a Germanic origin but a replica of an exhibition from The Natural History Museum in London.

Oh well, so far this is my first for Postcard Friday Friendship though it's obvious that I am late. Anyway, I can only try.

The above postcards were received via Postcrossing Exchange with that tiny rectangular logo on the top.


July 8, 2010

Postcrossing: AU-86038

Kakadu National Park

Top Left: Yellow Water
Bottom Left: Nourlangie Rock

Top Right: Ubirr
Bottom Right: Barramundie Falls

From Denise of Northern Territory

July 5, 2010

FR-100734: A Provence in France

June 27, 2010


I'm called Christiane. I'm 51 years old and I live with my son, my daughter and my husband in the South of France in a small village Aramon, next to Avignon. I am a housewife and mother. The postcard shows different and beautiful city of the Provence which is in South of France. There are a lot of beautiful places to visit or to go for a walk. I hope that you like this postcard.



JP- 114487: Winter in Kyoto, Japan

Sent by Mie
June 26, 2010


Greetings from Kyoto, Japan. I'm Mie. "Kyoto" was Japan's capital and the Emperor's Residence from 1794 until 1868. Countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures survive in the city today. These are one of the best place to visit in Japan. I hope you like my card.

Best Wishes

AT- 57424 Postcrossing from Austria

June 23, 2010

Postcrossing Private Swap with Toni

June 25, 2010


Sending you many warm greeting from South Carolina, USA. Thanks again for the awesome card you sent me. I would love to swap more card with you. South Carolina is a big grower of peaches. We eat them all summer long. Enjoy.

Signed: Toni D

July 4, 2010

My First Weekend Mail

A sweet parcel from Germany sent in by my You Tube friend Deniz.

A fine silk summer scarf arrived in my mailbox last Friday just in time for first Weekend Mailbox hosted by Gemma.
"The post office has a great charm at one point of our lives. When you have lived to my age, you will begin to think letters are never worth going through the rain for." ~Jane Austen

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