Friday, December 30, 2011

Famous Rulers of Russia

Sender: Natalia
Russian Famous Rulers
Ooh, this is wonderful, I remember learning about some of them in college. This card speaks for itself. Now, whose face will be up next on the card after the elections in March 2012?


Sender: pauli02
Alphabet RR, photocard group
'C' is for 'Cowboys', taken by pauli02 at Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo

pauli02 writes that it was her first time on a rodeo. Cool! I've never been to any, and would like to experience it!

University of Glasgow

Sender: Duplevista
'G' for 'Glasgow University'

I love this card, it brought fond memories of visits to an old pal who studied here. I envied her for studying in this beautiful environment. She is now such a powerhouse lady :)

Fox Glacier

Sender: Wildfire
'G' is for 'Glacier'

Fox Glacier: A huge river of ice travelling more than 14km from the Southern Alps to sea level.

The enterprising dentures!

Sender: Nordbaer

An ad-card received for the Weird RR! I googled the language, it is in Catalan. So funny to see dentures used for advertising gadgets! :D

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Jiufen (Jioufen)

Sender: Vickie Tsai
Jiufen (Jioufen) is a small town in the north of Taiwan. It used to be the centre of gold mining. 
When the mining activities discontinued, the town was forgotten. Later, several movies were filmed here inclusive of "A City of Sadness", which won first prize in the Venice Film Festival and Jiufen is now a popular tourist destination .

Góra Przemysła / Przemysl Hill

Sender: Lili_Marlene
Góra Przemysła / Przemysl Hill

The first bend of the Changjiang River

Sender: haibara_ai
The first bend of Changjiang river. 

When the river runs through the town of Shigu in Lijiang county area, it makes a 180 degree turn forming a "V"-shaped bend. This bend is called "The first bend of Changjiang River". a world-famous geological phenomenon. 

Monday, December 26, 2011

Chinese Tea Cups

Sender: Alexcui
Chinese tea cups

The Chinese believe that the simple act of preparing and drinking a cup of tea can refresh and comfort the body, mind and spirit. And in Chinese society, the younger generation always show their respect to the older generation by offering a cup of tea. Alex offered me good tea in a big bowl if I visit Beijing one day. Alex, xièxiè! -jiějiě -  

Vouvray Monopole

Sender: Monkeyflower
A vintage poster by Mathilde A. Herouard, "Vouvray Monopole" 1910

Vouvray is a French region, and Vouvray wine is reputedly sweet, golden in colour, fruity and fresh..Monkeyflower writes that this wine is also produced in California and they call it "Chenin Blanc".

V is for Volcano

Sender: Hootnoodle
V is for Volcano, writes Hootnoodle, for the Alphabet RR

Mount St Helens
Prior to the massive eruption on May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens towered majestically above Spirit Lake. Today, the changing landscape of Mount St Helens displays the awesome power of the earth to tear down and rebuild along with the amazing tenacity of life to survive and renew.

This is my longest postcard to date!

Novodevichy Convent

Sender: funny duck
The Novodevichy Convent, Moscow.

Founded in 1524 by Grand Duke Vasily III to celebrate the recapture of Smolensk from the Lithuanians. It was used by women of the Tsar’s family and the aristocracy. Members of the Tsar’s family and entourage were also buried in its cemetery. The convent provides an example of the highest accomplishments of Russian architecture with rich interiors and an important collection of paintings and artefacts. In 2004, it was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Blood Pheasant

Sender: beforesummer
Ithaginis cruentus
(Blood pheasant)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Postcrossing Postcard from Utrecht

Sender: Sophie54
A multi-signed Postcrossing Postcard from a meet-up in Utrecht, Netherlands. I recognise many names who are on the Postcrossing Forum. And I noted that the postcrossing stamp even has a postcard with a view of the Petronas Twin Towers! TQ, Sophie!  :-)

I adore this round card entitled "Poppy Wood" from Santoro Graphics designed by Suzanne Woolcott . The girl is so cute and she has gloss varnish on detailed areas. Heart warming!

Hanging On For Dear Life

Sender: Liris
This kitten is hanging on for his dear life! Someone rescue it, quick! :)

Cueva de las Calaveras

Sender: xenia-benidorm

The Calaveras (skulls) Cave is the main attraction of the village of Benidoleig. The cave obtained its name from the 12 skulls that were found in its interior when it was discovered in 1768. Bronze and Neolithic remains have also been discovered in the cave. The entrance is 70 metres above sea level and the cave extends for 440 metres, the visitors’ path being over 300 m in length. In it are stalactites, stalagmites and large domes, more than 50 metres high and the path leads to an inner lake.

I've been to only one cave thus far, in Somerset, England. I'd love to explore Calaveras Cave in Spain too!

A Snowy Fence

Sender: Michele

Christmas wreaths on a snowy fence, a very X'massy scene! Seasons greetings and a happy new year to everyone!

Antwerp Diamond Museum

Sender: Bobsinblack
Text on card: A visit to the Diamond Museum in Antwerp, a brilliant idea.

Bonjour Udo! Yes, diamonds are my best friends too (!!!) and if I do visit this museum, can I get them for free? :D

Marilyn Monroe: Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend 

"The French are glad to die for love.
They delight in fighting duels.
But I prefer a man who lives
And gives expensive jewels.

A kiss on the hand
May be quite continental,
But diamonds are a girl's best friend.

A kiss may be grand
But it won't pay the rental
On your humble flat
Or help you at the automat.

Men grow cold 
As girls grow old,
And we all lose our charms in the end.

But square-cut or pear-shaped,
These rocks don't lose their shape.
Diamonds are a girl's best friend.

Black Starr!
Frost Gorham!
Talk to me Harry Winston.
Tell me all about it!

There may come a time 
When a lass needs a lawyer,
But diamonds are a girl's best friend.

There may come a time
When a hard-boiled employer
Thinks you're awful nice,
But get that ice or else no dice.

He's your guy 
When stocks are high,
But beware when they start to descend.

It's then that those louses
Go back to their spouses.
Diamonds are a girl's best friend.

I've heard of affairs
That are strictly platonic,
But diamonds are a girl's best friend.

And I think affairs 
That you must keep liaisonic
Are better bets 
If little pets get big baguettes.

Time rolls on,
And youth is gone,
And you can't straighten up when you bend.

But stiff back 
Or stiff knees,
You stand straight at Tiffany's.

Diamonds! Diamonds!
I don't mean rhinestones!
But diamonds are a girl's best friend!"

A Glamorous New Year!

Sender: Johan
Thanks to Johan for wishing me a glamorous New Year. I'm not sure about having the glamorous part (uneventful life!) but I sure am looking forward to a New Year filled with peace, prosperity and happiness! :)

New York City

Sender: Stephanie
New York City

Stephanie writes that the Empire State Building is designed as a lightning rod for the surrounding area and is struck by lightning an average of 100 times per year!! Whoa!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Maydan Nezalezhnosti

Sender: nika_bp
Text on card: Maydan Nezalezhnosti - the main square of the capital after the reconstruction of 2002.

Nika writes that the building with columns in the centre of the view is the main post office where she buys cards & stamps and does her mailing. Such a grand post office building. 

I do my mailing at the postboxes scattered in my sleepy little town. And the main post office here occupies a small shoplot in an equally small shopping complex. Blink and you'll miss it!!

Schwäbisch Hall

Sender: StarrySky
Schwäbisch Hall

'O' is for 'Open air festival'!

Schwäbisch Hall is a town with 37,000 inhabitants, medieval buildings, winding laneways, and has one of Germany's most beautiful market squares. It is renowned for its outdoor summer theater performances on the open-air staircase at St. Michael's and at the Globe Theater. I would enjoy those type of performances! 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Woman, Waiting

Sender: Monkeyflower

A lovely handmade card by Monkeyflower! I feel as if the woman is waiting for something or someone. Love? The perfect man? 

From "A Woman Waiting to Happen"
"I'm a woman waiting to happen 
I'm a lover waiting to dream
I'm a mountain waiting to be climbed 
I'm an eagle ready to scream
I'm a story waiting to be told 
I'm a child awaiting to be held
I'm a tear awaiting to fall 
On the face of a stranger standing next to me
And I'm a song awaiting to be sung 
I'm a prayer awaiting an answer
I'm a horizon kissing the dawn 
I'm a star shining like I've never shone
I'm a page about to be turned 
I'm a dance about to begin
I'm a moment awaiting eternity 
I'm a whisper awaiting a sigh
And I'm a river awaiting the ocean 
I'm a baby waiting to crawl
And I'm a heart waiting to fall
I'm a heart waiting to fall
I'm a heart heart waiting to fall
I'm a heart waiting to fall
In love with you..."
-Sara Hickman-

What's up?

Sender: olenenka

I love, love, love this charming windows view of a girl with her umbrella, peeking at something that captured her passing interest...
It's true, a picture can paint a thousand words!

The Hardworking Hedgehog

Sender: nvpsv
nvpsv writes that 'K' is for 'Keyboard'!

Hedgehogs are believed to have a hard-working nature, with a "no-nonsense" attitude. Well, looking at the card, that cute little hedgehog is presumably hard working, studying hard to be an ace student, soon to win many awards in its education :)