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February 29, 2012

A Poignant Connection with Yvonne


In February 15, 2012, I sent Bobyvon a brief message:
Dear Yvonne

I have just posted a postcard to you today with the above description. It's overdue in hindsight and hope you will take delight in it.

All the best!

And that description is the Postcrossing Code just  below the title of this blog.

She promptly replied:
Hello Leah
How nice that you sent me email.
Of course I will register your card immediately!
In 2004 we were in Australia. Also in Sydney!!!!
My parents wanted to migrate to Australia in 1955. I had lived in Geelong!

Happy postcrossing
So the waiting time seemed endless as the traveling postcard took ages walking on the road. It was sent 15 February 2012 and finally received 28th February.. When time pressure is boiling, I always make a point of contacting the person I am due to send a postcard with that a postcard is on the way to avoid sending them to the Expiration Bin. For it is disappointing and frustrating on behalf of the sender if her or his efforts will amount to nothing. I know one lady from Japan whose many postcards she sent were either failed to reach their destination or the recipient could not be bothered registering her postcards, whichever is the case may be.

In the postcard below which I had carefully chosen for Yvonne having read her profile and preferences:
"I love to receive cards with a view of your home city, funny cards or cards with a very small story out of your own country .."
This is what I wrote at the back of the card:

BASTICK COTTAGE - built in 1887, was the home of two generations of the Bastick family who were the caretaker gardeners. In 1973 it was offered to local art and crafts people as a place to sell their wares and the "Park Guildry" was formed. The Guildry is open 7 days a week, 10am to 4pm.

Dear Yvonne,

From bookmarks to postcards
Photography and sweet memories
What more surprises life brings us
Far more than we might have shared
In days past - for what they spared.

That is just the poetic side of me.

Finally I heard from Bobyvon:
Hello Leah
A card from Orange (the Dutch color), how nice! From the land where my parents wanted to emigrate, when I was 4 years old
My English would have been much better than how it is now! Sorry.
In 2006 my husband and I had been in Australia for 45 days.
We visited Geelong (where I was going to live in 1955).
We made ​​a trip by car from Adelaide to Cape Tribulation
And at the end of the trip we didn't want to go home!
We were both completely enamored of Australia.
Now I see your card and we know for sure we are going again to your beautiful country.
Very many thanks for your card. This card is immediately one of my favorites
Many (Orange)Dutch greetings
What a wonderful acknowledgment anyone would love to receive! I did! I had yet a sleepless night that I went to check messages from Postcrossing. And the above late night greetings from Yvonne has cheered my spirit! Then I wrote back:
 Good morning Yvonne,

 I could not sleep and thought it will not do me harm to check messages. I am all smiles now reading your warm and friendly message. We are about the same age, in fact, am older than you by a year or two .

Geelong is one of a highly European settlements so I heard and, it is in Victoria, a state next to mine. I live in New South Wales northwest of Sydney.

Yes, anyone who comes to Australia will instantly feel in love with this gorgeous country, so unique from the rest of the world!

I am glad you like the postcard I have had chosen for you. I read profiles to see what the recipient's preferences are, so that's how I came to send one for you.

I like places with history which all of the places have anyway.

Hope you are enjoying Postcrossing. I do!

Cheers to you!

PS Yes, it's worth giving Australia another visit!
 In a little while, I got another poignant note from Yvonne that truly touched my heart. This is what she shared with me. It's something that sends the rain down from the sky. I can't help my tears falling ...on my face.

Dear Leah,

Could I just ask some of your time.
I want to share something with you

Fourteen days ago a very good friend of mine died. I searched the Internet for a beautiful poem because I wanted to recite a poem at his funeral.

I found a beautiful poem. I found this poem on the site of a fellow postcrosser.
At that time I was not focused on the site of postcrossing. But I thought it was special that I found this poem right there. I read the site of the lady who had placed the poem and looked at her picture and thought: 'thank you dear lady for this beautiful poem!'

Today I received a card from Australia, I registered the card (with a little story about the possibility that I could have lived in Australia) and suddenly I saw a very familiar face.

Ten days ago I was on your site ... I read your poem ... looked at your picture and say thank you to you picture.... Today comes your card.....
My friend would give me a sign from heaven...
I have tears in my eyes as I write this, I can't hardly believe, but it's really really true what I write here.

I am speechless
Special greetings
the Netherlands"
Suffice it to say, I replied back

Dear Yvonne,

I was teary eyed to read your recent note which you have lovingly shared with me.

Therefore I conclude that the poem you were wanting to read on your friend's funeral was the very poem I posted on my profile, is that right? To which I must convey my heartfelt sympathy on behalf of his family and you as well.

Little did I know that many have been cherished by that poem which I also had come across from the internet.
Besides collecting junk as in postcards, I also write poems from time to time. I will share you one classic example of my work:
Love Ethereal

As you ponder
of love's sweet stare

Here, I dream
beside the lonely stream

Wishing you're with me
loving me endlessly.

The water clear murmurs
in rippling motion dances

As your name sends tremors
echoing down the stream.

In the canopy of clouds
you whisper back

pouring ethereal love
in the form of tender rain.

Sometimes slow
sometimes heavy
at all times steady!

The stream in my dream
is fantasy
entwined with reality!
by Leah Dancel
28 February 2012
I pray with your permission, I am going to include your personal communication with me that led to this postcard blog you have just received from me.

Yes, I haven't answered your question about me living in Holland and which part? No, I haven't! By sheer coincidence, the Orange where that Bastick Cottage is located, is actually named after the Prince of Orange in Holland!

Apparently, one of the first who discovered Orange of New South Wales was a Hollandaise! It used to be a "Blackman's Swamp" but they changed it to "Orange". The name is quite a misnomer because Orange doesn't grow Oranges but Apples.

Anyway, more stories to follow.

I enjoy communicating with you. Hope you and your hubby are both well.

Fond regards

I have no doubt that this kind lady Postcrosser from Holland has found this poem, I posted on my profile:

Gardens of Laughter

Life is a journey through many terrains
From gardens of pleasure to deserts of pain
From an ocean of love to a jungle of hate
From mountains of glory thru canyons of fate.

There's a highway for joy and a highway for sorrow
A road for today and a road for tomorrow
So choose your path wisely and go it with care
If you follow your heart, you'll find your way there.

I've been to the garden and planted seeds there
I've been to the desert and felt the despair
I've ran through the jungle and hung from a vine.

I climbed up the mountain to touch the sky
I went thru the canyon and started to cry
I've traveled both highways, both today and tomorrow
I've basked in the joy and wallowed in sorrow.

My path has been chosen and I've gone it with care
So I'll just keep going until I find what I'm after
To mountains, oceans, jungles and gardens of laughter.

~Author Unknown~

To end my conjecture, Yvonne further confirmed with a final note, I have recently received:
 My friend died on 4 February. My husband and I were caregivers for years for him (and his wife). I was on 6-7 February on your site for the poem.
When I read your first post later that month, there was nothing I noticed. I replied to your message without paying any attention to detail. I was very busy with caring for the widow.
I only noticed the peculiarity of the situation when after I registered your card and came for the second time to your site... that I saw the poem again.
I could not believe my eyes.
Thank you Yvonne for sharing me your story. It is such compelling that I thought I would blog it this way in deference to your beautiful heart and kind thought. This I hope will add colour to the norm outside the frame to which this Over the Mile blog is what I have purposed for.

February 28, 2012

UA - 214479 0: Leonid Utyosov Monument

Sent by Roma-shka

BY - 360544: "Y" is Belarus National Letter

Sent by Anush

Anush explained the uniqueness of the letter "Y" being the national letter of Belarus. That goes to show how patriotic she is!

Anush lives in a wonderful city called Minsk. It is a nice place with wide streets and open people.  As people there speaks Russian, it is her hopes that they'll return to their Belarussian language.

February 23, 2012

February 21, 2012

PT - 217282: Electric Trams in Lisbon

Sent by Fernanda of Portugal


NL - Missing Colour of My Life

Sent by Marianne of the Netherlands

 Thank you very much for your much appreciated thoughtfulness Marianne! I pray God will give me that missing colour to colour the empty canvas of my life. Smile!!!

February 19, 2012

NL - 708215 Groeten Uit Amesfoort

Sent by Gerrit of The Netherlands

Ancient Historical Buildings from Poland

Sent by Jacek via Private Swap

Palace of Culture and Science - the most distinctive building in Warsaw. Built in 1955 by Soviet Union. Few people now remember that it bears the name of Joseph Stalin.

Viewed from Nogat River,  this castle was build by the Teutonic Knights as the main base at the time of the conquest. Jacek explains that it takes a whole week to be able to get around this huge building to complete the touring itinerary.

WANG Temple in Karpacz
Very old, almost 1,000 years! This was moved from Southern Norway by King Friedrich WilhemIV. Jacek said, "how do I get a postcard with a winter view, it will be sent to you as a Fairy Tale!"

Jura Crakow - Czestochowa - Route Eagle's Nests.
A stronghold name of the Southern Polish Border, these are preserved ruins that stand every few kilometers apart. Great places for hiking or cycling.

Salt Mine Wieleczka Museum
The Chapel of Saint Kinga - the main altar, the bas relief The Last Supper, the statue of Pope John Paul II

Thank You Jacek for these magnificent postcards!!! Don't worry about sending me souvenirs. Postcards are more than enough! Hi to everyone in the family!

FI - 1268821 Flowers from Finland

Sent by Hanna

Hanna comes from Southern Finland and loves flowers, nature, animals and traveling like we all do.

She lives in a small city called Jarvenpaa - a nice place to live. She hopes one day to come to see Australia!

You will like it here Hanna where there's plenty of space to enjoy the sun!

February 14, 2012

UA - 174378 Dynamo Stadium from Ukraine

Sent by Katia

In Vladivostok, Ukraine
This card was printed in 1976

Katia is sports lover, hence, it depicts on her passion in postcard collecting. She lives in a beautiful southern seaside town of Ochakov.

Thanks Katia!

February 13, 2012

US - 1487766: A Replica of the Empire State Building of New York

Sent by Seren from Columbus, Ohio, USA

Seren is a writer, and mail artist among the many skills and talents she has! She travels a lot and she found this card in New York Public Library when she went to see the 100 Year Exhibit on her visit to this library.

Thank you Seren.

HK - 49557 Hong Kong by Night

Sent by Sandy

The Panorama of Hong Kong at night!

Greetings from Hong Kong!

Sandy loves movies, reading, music, collecting stamps and postcards.

Thank you Sandy for your best wishes and I heartily wish you the same!

UA - 203174 Swallow's Nest from Ukraine

Sent by Oleksandra

Gaspra. Swallow's Nest

 Welcome to Ukraine! - in her own language.

Oleksandra is a student who lives in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. She studies Psychology in a university. She quipped in her profile:
Postcrossing is a way to know something about your country and about yourself. I like to meet new people, that's why postcrossing is very interesting and a wonderful thing!
Thank you Olek!

NZ - 63710 Maori Haka

Sent by Hungugu (Hope's Dad)
Kia Ora!

The Maori, who had a close kinship with their environment, wove tales and legends around gods who represented certain  spheres, such as  forest, sea and war. Although these gods are not so feared today, they're still called upon and remembered through song, dance and haka.

"Hungugu" sent this postcard with a Riddle Game. In a riddle, he hid the ID number in a certain code that I could not decipher. He wrote a hint, "No Apple from New Zealand!" 

A playful hungry soul from New Zealand re-assured that the riddle for a change is not a boring game to play. Truthfully, I got a load of headache inverting the card downward to be able to spy the code. I gave up and sent him a message to better decode the ID number for me or he'll miss out! That means I can't register his postcard and therefore it will go to the Expired Postcard Bin!

He wrote back in a hurry! 

All the very best to you "hungugu". Thank you Mate!

February 7, 2012

RU - 744365: Friends on a Fishing Trip

Sent by Olga Koltsova of Tomsk, Russia
 Olga translates:
 "It is good when we understand each other."

Another beautiful postcard that made me smile the whole day today!

Olga wrote:

Hello Leah,

I live in Tomsk Biberia. The weather is not very cold today -25 degrees C. Two days ago, it was -33 degrees C. We don't get despondent here. We wait for our summer and sunny days!.

Best Wishes


Dated: 29 January 2012

TW - 457106 Harmony, Sincerity and Friendliness

Sent by Angela  of  Taiwan

Ni Hao Leah, Angie greets!!!

I feel so warmed with Angie's little letter in this postcard to me that I would like to share this with my Postcrossing and Blogging Friends.

Greetings! My name is Angela. I'm 31 years old, teaching French in a sunny city of Taiwan!

After reading your profile, I sat down in my room with the ray of sunshine in warmed up the entire space. At this moment, I feel peaceful in mind. So I decided to send this card to you. There is harmony, sincerity and friendliness.



To which I responded in return:

Dear Angie,

What a lovely surprise for the extra special message you wrote in the postcard. I was smiling all the way from my mailbox to the shop and back home!

Imagine the ray of sunshine that warmed the extra space in your heart and in your soul confined in that room as you were writing to me. I am touched by the three fonts of love you mentioned: harmony, sincerity and friendliness. You sound very much that person yourself!

And so you teach French. My eldest daughter got a special award when she studied a unit of French in high school!

Thanks for the wonderful postcard! Very meaningful card with a message indeed! I wholeheartedly appreciate it.

All the best to you!



February 3, 2012

CH - 99522 Lake Leman in Switzerland

Sent by Maja

Lake  Leman

Maja sent a mileage of smiles across the miles! Thanks Maja. This is my first postcard received ever from Switzerland in the year 2012!