The World On My Doorstep

An ever-expanding postcard blog

One For A Giggle


SAM_3046Way back in February, I think I nearly wet myself laughing when this little joy for my collection of ‘awful postcards’ arrived in the mail. If you couldn’t already guess, this one is from Ruhan in South Africa and honestly, it just cracked me up! I mean, there isn’t much more to say about this and the little ‘toy’ included in the plastic box. Brilliant! Thank you so much Ruky! I still laugh hysterically looking at this one. It is going on the fridge to attract more attention!

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My Cheeky Valentine

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This cute card arrived on Valentine’s Day from my ‘secret admirer’ and says nothing more than that on the back, apart from a sticker in the shape of lips. No need for concern though, my secret admirer is a part of a lovely little facebook surprise postcards group I’m part of, and sent out a batch of these to lucky receivers all around the world. So what do I know? This card is from the USA and is postmarked from Medford, Oregon. But I’m not going to look into who the sender could be, I like the mystery!

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What Are Friends For?

postcards3_2My best friend, Minjae, in England, sent me this card after I’d had a rough couple of weeks at the end of November. She says “I feel that you of all people will relate and love the quote on the front.” I am not sure whether to be offended or not… Hmm… I can definitely relate! That’s for sure! This card is so simple but really put a smile on my face in a way that only a good friend can. Thanks Minjae!

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Too Cute!

postcards3I am totally in love with this adorable card from Natalya in Russia and many of her friends on their way to a Lara Fabian concert. All I can tell is that this picture was drawn by Ukrainian artist Marisya Rudska (марися рудьска) but I know nothing else about her. I just love the friendship of the little elephant and Mr. T Rex. Too adorable! This card was actually in my favourite postcards list on postcrossing for a LONG time so I am so happy to get it!

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Bizarre Bugs!


This very strange card comes from 30 year old Nicky in the Netherlands who is in love with the band Apocalyptica. So in love with them, in fact, that she doesn’t say anything else, so I am left baffled as to why she chose this strange card for me! It’s like a weird riddle!


Irish Rush Hour!

IrelandRushHourThis fun card comes from Brian in Dublin, Ireland who tells me he chose it for my love of green pastures – definitely a a good choice as I also have a soft spot for cows! These “Rush Hour in…” cards are quite common across the British Isles, so it’s like a little piece of home to me!

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An R-Rated Card!

Willy!It’s not really R-Rated. In fact, I think anyone who doesn’t see the humor and liberating freedom of this card really needs to loosen up as I love it! Sent from Manfred in Germany, it shows Ekkeheart Gurlitt posing by a streetsign bearing his name. The quote reads “A kangaroo can only jump high if it has empty pockets”! Ha! I don’t really understand why this card was ever made but it is just hilarious! Manfred tells me he hopes I enjoy it in my collection of odd cards and (if I understand rightly) that he has even met Mr Gurlitt himself! Amazing!

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Nude Russia

nakedrussiaThis postcard is a hilarious new favourite of mine. I just love it! All the way from Polina in Russia, it shows the painting “Russian Baths” by Sergey Sechivsko. It just cracks me up, the more you look at it another hilarious thing pops up! Polina shares with me the Russian names of her boyfriend: Ilya and her sister: Barbara and signs off with an affectionate “love you”! So sweet, what a friendly card!

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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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The Land of Big Potatoes!

Idaho PotatoesThis fun card comes from Lisa in the USA who tells me she is from California but was driving through Idaho when she saw this card! She also says she enjoys all the western states. Apparently Idaho is renowned worldwide for its delicious potatoes, something I did not know!

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