The World On My Doorstep

An ever-expanding postcard blog

Wild Aus!

Scan Scan - Version 2 Scan - Version 3 Scan 3From my old friend Michael in Australia came this awesome parcel. Normally I don’t scan anything more than cards and the occasional stamp, but I had to include the message that came with the items in the package since it really cracked me up! This actually took FIVE and a half MONTHS to reach me after taking a detour via Spain (presumably due to confusion with the Canary Islands and Channel Islands? Who knows!). Michael also wrote an essay on the back of the above 3 cards! Made my day! Here though, you can see: a young wedge tailed eagle with its prey, two frilled lizards which are found in northern Australia and actually spend most of their lives in trees and finally a view of Esperance, where Michael often works and stays at Orleans Bay Caravan Park. Strangely this card obviously makes him think of me since he sent me the same card way back in 2012! Thanks Michael, loved this parcel!

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The Australian Antarctic Exhibition

 

Scan - Version 2I just love this beauty from Vikki in Australia! This maxicard, celebrates the Australian Antarctic Expedition led by geologist Douglas Mawson which took place between 1911 and 1914 and was the most scientifically rewarding expedition of its time. Charting 2000 miles of coastline, the voyage expanded knowledge of geology, glaciology and terrestrial biology. Amazing! Incidentally, when a centenary scientific voyage retraced Mawson’s steps in 2013, they got stuck!

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A Postcard Guide to The Land Down Under

postcards1_2_3This awesome card from one of my favourite countries in the world comes from Christine in her little town in South Australia. This card, though, shows some of the enormous country’s most famous spots and where they’re located. So, since everyone (hopefully) can recognise Uluru in the top centre, I’ll go through them clockwise from there. Also known as Ayers Rock, Uluru is perhaps Australia’s most famous tourist destination, listed as a UNESCO attraction and covered in (pre)historical and natural beauties. Next is Whitehaven Beach, 7km long and situated on Whitsunday Island. Then Brisbane, Sydney (not Australia’s capital, by the way), the Three Sisters rock formation in the Blue Mountains – named Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo and surrounded with legends, Melbourne, Great Ocean Road – the world’s largest war memorial, built by returned WW1 soldiers between 1919 and 1932, Cradle Mountain – Tasmania’s number one tourist destination, Uluru again, Perth, the Pinnacles – limestone rock formations in Nambung National Park, the Bungle Bungle range – beehived shape mountains in Purnululu national park and then, of course, some cutesy kangaroos and a koala. Thanks so much for this Christine, I love it! I hope everyone knows a little more about Australia than they did before!

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A Fremantle Sunset

postcards2This beautiful card comes from Jelena in Australia who asked to swap after reading my blog. Of course, I said yes, and received this beautiful card from her hometown of Fremantle. She tells me it is a port town just south of Perth (which I knew) but more interestingly, I think, is the fact that they are so isolated that they are more likely to holiday in Asia than in the eastern states of Aus! Fascinating! Thanks Jelena!

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Two Very Different Cards!

uluruCountryBumsThese two cards come from Aga in Australia. The first card is probably a new favourite of mine from the country – I just love the colours in the photograph! Aga tells me that Uluru and the Olgas really do change colour every minute during sunrise and sunset and that it is one of the most beautiful things she’s ever seen in her life. It looks it! It is honestly stunning! The second card is, of course, part of my awful postcard challenge! Aga wonders who was responsible for this company’s artistic department – I have to agree! Although it is very funny! She tells me that Moree is famous for its heating baths. Very cool cards. It’s also worth pointing out that in the place where the stamp should be stuck on the Uluru card (luckily Aga has stuck the stamp elsewhere, so I was able to see this amazing fact), it states “Did you know – the world’s first postcard was issued in Vienna on 1-10-1869”. I did not know actually! So interesting!

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F is For…

Fox&FruitFlyAnother awful postcard to add to the collection! I love this, it’s hilariously bad! All the way from Narelle and Hope in Australia, Narelle tells me that she hopes I find it as terrible as she does – definitely! I just love how grim the fruit fly is! She tells me her favourite names are Hope and Blane – the names of her children. Lovely!

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The Red Back Spider

RedBackThis quirky shaped postcard comes from my good friend Michael in Australia who always loves telling me about the local creepy crawlies! This one is a red back spider and he tells me that although they aren’t too dangerous, you wouldn’t want to get bitten by one as they are poisonous! It definitely looks like they could give out a nasty bite. Luckily they aren’t common in clean homes though but old, messy buildings are their favourite places. Well, all the more reason for kids to tidy their bedrooms I guess!

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The Devil’s Marbles

DevilsMarblesThis beautiful card comes from Nadya in Australia. She tells me this outcrop of boulders is known as Devil’s Marbles and is one of the most iconic Aussie locations. It is very beautiful!

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An Olympics Maxicard!

AusOlympicsThis fantastic card arrived the other day from Neil in Australia. I just LOVE this maxicard! The London Olympics was such a great event so to have a card commemorating it is fantastic. Neil tells me January 26th was Australia Day which is when they celebrate the arrival of the first fleet of convicts and soldiers who started a colony at Sydney Cove. However, what I didn’t know is that the aboriginals call it “Invasion Day” to express their loss under white British rule. Very interesting and a poignant reminder of the suffering that colonisation led to all around the world.

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An Australian Sea-Eagle

Sea-EaglThis stunning image comes from Michael in Australia who’s currently working in Esperance in the south. He tells me that it is so isolated that the mail only comes once a week and that ‘hot’ is roasting and ‘windy’ is gales! Wishing me a Happy New Year he tells me that his resolution is ‘laughing at people who claim they’re going to lose weight’ because apparently, it never happens. Standard man thing to say!

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