vintage and contemporary postcards and stamps from around the world
30 October 2023
29 October 2023
The All Blacks are New Zealand's national rugby team. They are often regarded as the most successful team in history. 2010, when this stamp was issued, was seen as the team's best ever. They would go on to win the Rugby World Cup in 2011. (they also won in 1987 and 2015). On Saturday, they played the Springboks of South Africa in the men's final. It was the Springboks, not the All Blacks, who won an historic fourth World Cup after a hard fought game. (NZ11-12SA). Commiserations to NZ.
full disclosure: when I chose this theme and this stamp, it was weeks before I knew the final would be this weekend, and obviously before I knew who would be playing. Serendipity at its finest.
27 October 2023
26 October 2023
So many people want to escape the winter - and a part of me doesn't blame them. Shovelling snow is the worst after a snow storm. And unless you live way out in the country, the snow does not stay "postcard pretty" for long. Slush and ice make walking brutal and hazardous. But, skiing, snowboarding, skating are exciting activities that totally depend on snow and cold.
Back in the summer post, I showed a postcard of Little Tub Harbour in summer. Here is the same view in winter. No boat tours at this time.
for Thursday Postcard Hunt
25 October 2023
24 October 2023
23 October 2023
22 October 2023
19 October 2023
Every day is a new adventure with spring. New growth everywhere. Gardens change almost daily and I look forward to all those firsts: first robin, first snowdrop, first tulip! the magnolias and cherry blossoms, then the fresh brilliant green of new leaves. This is my favourite season.Hama-rikyū Gardens in Tokyo
18 October 2023
17 October 2023
16 October 2023
15 October 2023
North Reef, Queensland, built in 1878. It lies 100 km offshore at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. It is the only lighthouse in Australia with accommodation inside the tower that is still standing in its original location. It was originally on a small sandbank over the coral reef, but over time the structure caused sand to build up around it and now it stands on a substantial sand island complete with vegetation.
a lighthouse for Sunday Stamps
14 October 2023
13 October 2023
12 October 2023
Summer has never been my favourite season. The heat and humidity exhausts me. And, after so looking forward to patio season, the cool, air conditioned interior of any restaurant or cafe draws me inside. And, it seems to be fraught with disasters - fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes... But the gardens are beautiful and lush.
as is the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake
which is festooned with flowers along Queen Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake is a tourist town, with its flowers and the Shaw Festival (with three theatres)
Some tourist towns are really quiet beyond the summer, like Tobermory, which is located at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula which divides Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. The little town, with about 1,400 permanent residents, wraps around this harbour.
for Thursday Postcard Hunt
11 October 2023
10 October 2023
08 October 2023
05 October 2023
There was a time when I would enthusiastically agree that autumn, or fall, was my favourite season. The relief from the heat of summer and the chance to wear sweaters again. The reintroduction of hot chocolate into my diet. And, of course, the fall colours - the anticipation of all those reds, oranges and yellows and wondering which one would predominate each year. Then walking though the fallen, crisp leaves as they pile up on the ground.
Now, my body generates enough heat from the inside out that I wear very few sweaters. And, mostly, I bemoan the ever diminishing daylight hours.
But, yes, the colours!
03 October 2023
02 October 2023
01 October 2023
the top stamp shows an Ojibwa birchbark basket; an Ojibwa wooden papoose carrier; a pair of snowshoes for a Montagnais child; a Maliseet birchbark basket; a Montagnais birchbark box; a Montagnais knife; and a Micmac birchbark basket decorated with porcupine quillwork.