Summer Vacation Catch-up

About three weeks before I went away on vacation, I set my Postcrossing account to “inactive”. In Postcrossing jargon, that means I was able to send cards, but not to receive any but because I wouldn’t be home to register them. Then about ten days before I came back to Japan, I set my account…

Trooping the Colour

I’m not a fan of royalty or the military, but I do love this card! You can read more about it here. It was sent by a nice Slovakian woman who loves living in London. Written 7-1-13 Arrived 7-10-13 I love  the oak tree stamp. Looking at it, you’d think you can feel the texture:…

Smile, please.

See, this is one big reason I try my best to keep my smiles genuine.  Apart from making me feel  physically and mentally sick, fake smiles make me look grotesque. They don’t fool anyone. Written: 6-26-13 Arrived: 7-4-13 The dour “before” faces are unpleasant, of course, but they’re a whole  lot better than the “afters”.…

Rie Cramer, Illustrator

It’s been kind of an odd week on the official side. As I mentioned before, after being a member of Postcrossing for a while, I modified my profile to reflect my preference not to receive ad cards anymore.  I dislike them for myriad reasons (cough-cheap-cough), but most of all because they don’t usually teach me…

Maps, Penguins & Trilliums

Last Monday, after a long day, I came home to find nine (!)  postcards in my mailbox.  Three of them were officials and the others were from Forum tags.  It was kind of overwhelming to receive so many at once, but they gave me a nice boost.   Let’s start with #20, a map card…

Elizabeth Bem Azbuka Ц

On Monday, I received my first official Elizabeth Bem Azbuka card and what a delight it is!  I love these cards for their beauty, detail and usefulness. Sent  5-17-13  Arrived 6-10-13 The Ц sounds like “ts” and the main figure represented is the tsarina (царица). The stamps: I have had a hard time finding any…

Volcano & Fairy Tale Sandwich

I knew this stunning stamp from Iceland was special the minute I looked at it. And then when I touched it and felt the relief, I had to find out more. After a Web search, I discovered that those raised surfaces were actually silkscreened ash from the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010. This stamp accompanied a…