I received this lovely card from Roberta in Italy and man am I excited to make this! It sounds delicious! She chose it for me as it is a perfect combination of cultural traditions with postcards and shows off a local recipe and from an area so famed for its onions, I can’t think of a better place to receive a recipe from! Thanks Roberta!
This amazing card comes from Rita in Lithuania and was sent from a mini postcrossing meet up. It shows the Hill of Crosses in the north of the country. A pilgrimage site thought to date back to the 1831 Uprising, but added to every day. In 1900 there were 130 crosses on the site, but by 2006 it was estimated that there were 100,000, even taking into account some (very sad) Soviet destruction in the 1960s and 1970s. It has now even been visited by the Pope and declared a place of peace and hope. Beautiful. Thank you Rita.
This awesome card comes from the lovely Maura in (surprise, surprise!) the USA. She tells me it is her favourite card to send as it shows her love of New York, where she lives, her country and her Lady, who she visited a lot in elementary school. It was a gift from France to the USA in 1886 and is celebrating their independence from 1776. The woman herself is a representation of Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom. Thanks so much Maura!
This stunning card comes from Kun in Hong Kong and shows a fantastic traditional image of a wishing tree. This specific one is one of two at Tin Hau temple in Tai Po. The tradition says that if you throw paper up into the tree, you can make a wish. The higher the branch it lands on, the more likely your wish is to come true. Wonderful card and I love the colours, thanks Kun!
This beautiful card comes from Mehdi in Tunisia and shows camels in the Sahara. The name ‘Sahara’ comes from the Arabic ‘as-Sahra al-Kubra’ meaning The Great Desert – aptly named! With the exception of the Arctic and the Antarctic, the Sahara is the world’s largest desert and also the hottest with sand dunes as high as 180m! Wow! One thing I learned studying archaeology though, was that it was once one of the most fertile regions on earth. Amazing thought!
To my wonderful followers, I just want to take a moment to wish you all a very Happy New Year. I hope 2014 is full of happiness, success, experiences, friendships and, of course, postcards for you! I have been exceptionally busy lately, hence my month of no posting, but what better a time to rejoin all you wonderful people than the new year. Although I have an enormous backlog, there’s still a great excitement for me uploading to here and researching the postcards I receive and I’m really grateful that all you guys still enjoy reading. I’ve had a fantastic year for my postcard collection and on 31st December, it was perfected with one from (believe it or not!) Panama! What a wonderful end to the year!
So from my tiny island to wherever in the world you are: HAPPY NEW YEAR!
WordPress also sent me these fun stats and if you’re a regular commenter/reader/referrer, see if you can spot yourself or your country among them. Have fun!
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
One of my blog followers, Kara (who I didn’t even know before this card arrived in the mail!) took the initiative to send me this wonderful card of East Anglia, England. I just love it! And her card is so cheerful too! So, here you can see (clockwise): Colchester Castle (a small Norman castle – beautiful!), The Orwell Bridge, Willy Lott’s Cottage (one of Kara’s favourite places in the world, made famous by John Constable, who painted the house of his friend Willy Lott, who apparently only ever spent four nights away from the cottage in his entire 84 year life!) and St Osyth’s Priory (one of Essex’s largest monasteries and in use from the 12th to the 16th century). Now, this is a wonderful card for several reasons, firstly because it reminds me of home. I lived most of my life in the neighbouring county of Hertfordshire, but secondly, in the days of TOWIE and unfortunate news reports, the beauty of Essex is being forgotten and replaced with unfortunate presuppositions. So here you have it: beautiful Essex.
Sent from the wonderful Mervin in Honduras I received this perfect card and man do I love it! For those of you who don’t know, Copan was a Maya site in use for about two thousand years right through prehistory, but the remains which you see in this image relate to the Classic Maya phase between the 5th and 9th centuries AD. Anyone who has been following my blog knows I am an avid student of the Maya and studied them in depth as part of my Archaeology degree. And for this reason, Copan is particularly close to my heart. My dissertation was about maize imagery in Maya art and it just so happens that Copan was the site responsible for a whole load of those – you can even see some in this stela shown in the card! But I won’t go on about that too much right now. I am, however, going to rattle on about this site for anyone who is interested. Before I do though, just wanted to point out that those are macaws on the left, Mervin tells me they are Honduras’s national bird and were sacred to the Maya – something I didn’t know! So, at it’s peak, it is estimated that approximately 20,000 people lived in Copan with a hinterland of at least 25,000 more. When you think of it in terms of a civilisation which didn’t require the wheel, it’s pretty impressive! The image on the top right also shows a ball court – where the famous Maya ‘ball-game’ was played – something often depicted in artwork, but the rules of which remain a mystery to archaeologists. The bottom right shows one of the many platforms at the site, built in the typical Maya fashion. Such a wonderful card! I absolutely love it! Can you tell?!
This adorable card comes from Marina in Russia and it is just too sweet! What a fun way to represent a country! Marina tells me she lives in the Urals (the mountain range down the middle) which separate European Russia from Asian Russia. And on the card we can see the major cities – Saint Petersburg, Moscow and Vladivostok to name a few (interesting fact about Vladivostok that I always like to throw out there, владивосток – in cyrillic – comes from the two words влади (Vladi – meaning ‘ruler’) and восток (meaning east), translating as the ruler of the east). Of course, across the length of the map we can also see the world famous Siberian Railway. Lovely card!
Edit: Huge thanks to Igor for enlightening me more about this. Where before, I thought that Vlad (the man’s name) was the ruler, he has actually informed me that Vladi means ruler. Silly me! You can read his comment below for more information.
I may have to get rid of my top ten page on here, because I keep getting new cards I want to add to it and this beauty from Usanee in Thailand is one of them. I am in love with it! But if I put it in its deserving place (about number 2 or 3) in my top ten, then something else has to be bumped out. Oh… too tough! So this shows a child on the back of an Asian water buffalo. If anyone can explain the type of buffalo to me, or if it isn’t a separate species to the regular buffalo, why this one has such magnificent horns, then I am genuinely very interested! Buffalo are a very important farm animal in South East Asia and as such are involved in several festivals as well as just their regular eating, farming and pooing role on the farms. Great card!