Weekend round-up

Yesterday was my 2 year blogiversary, so here’s a round-up of my weekend. It’s been a quiet and lazy couple of days, I’ve done very little of what I’d planned… but I managed to do a bit of all of the random things I usually dump on my blog for want of a better recording system so it seems like a good enough celebration 🙂

Blog content type 1: random photos of random nice places, such as this view across Derbyshire viewed through the bus window on my way home from Nottingham.

And yesterday’s dramatic sunset.

Blog content type 2: post! I was in a postcard sending mood yesterday, so I replied to a postcard pal in USA, and sent postcards through Postcrossing and Postcard United to Russia, Sweden, and Japan. I’m missing receiving lots of cards at the moment, but I’m frustratingly at more received than sent on both sites, don’t like it when that happens. The bottom right card is an image of a fruit fly nervous system, they wanted to receive weird cards!

Blog content type 3: sewing, quilting, generally making stuff. And also Swap-bot swaps 🙂 I’ve now made the quilt block to match the one I sent out as a swap, with a minor change because some of my central strips weren’t long enough…

And tomorrow is the start of a new week, let’s see what happens next…

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Lettermo 21st – 23rd

I’ve been writing, I’ve just been bad at updating…

A few days of incoming post:

3 of these are from the Swap-bot ‘happy mail all month’ swap – a colouring card with flower seeds, a selection of stationery items, and a postcard of a wooden bridge apparently common to certain areas of USA. The cat face card also comes from USA as part of the ‘postcard roulette’ swap.

Outgoing:

21st – I made this scrapbooked art letter thing I have forgotten the name of a while ago but never figured out who to send it to… the ‘happy mail all month’ swap seemed appropriate 🙂


22nd – a letter to a penfriend in Germany

23rd – I didn’t feel up to letter writing this evening although I have 2 I want to get out over the weekend… today I’m sending a postcard to Italy through Postcard United. She likes UNESCO sites so I’m sending Strutts Mill in Belper.

Lettermo – halfway and a bit

Today is also yesterday’s update because that never happened…so received yesterday:

A beautiful moonlit mountain view from Russia, and a Valentine’s postcard perfectly timed to arrive on Valentine’s Day! Reading beyond the fun illustration the butchered hearts idea is actually a bit creepy…

Sent yesterday:

A view of Winnats Pass (Peak District) at sunrise, to Russia in reply. Last time I was here there was a snow storm and we all slipped our way to the bottom of the pass in a desperate attempt to escape the hills…I’d like to go back in better weather sometime!

Received today:

It’s a view of the Virgin of Vallivana, a Postcard United card from Italy. I’m several cards in the positive on both postcard sending sites currently…when does the system figure out if I’m not keeping up?! Intriguingly, it appears to have a 1980 Vatican post stamp but the sender lives in northern Italy and there’s no postmark, so I’m not sure if this card went through the Vatican or not… I think the card might be fairly old too. It did take 54 days to reach me, maybe it is from the past!

Sent today:

A letter to a penfriend in Australia, I’m slowly working down the stack of overdue replies…

And the stamps from the last couple of days:

The last post of 2016

I got home just before New Year to a letter box full of postcards!

The two typography cards on the left, and the Vanity Fair cover card came from a Swap-bot ‘Postcard Roulette’ swap. The first partner was assigned, then all of the addresses were sent out for people to send another card (or more). I did wonder before choosing a second address if more cards would be sent to addresses in unusual countries, or within countries to save on postage, or if there’s much of a pattern… I clearly over thought the whole thing 🙂 I’ve received 2 from USA and 1 from Netherlands.

The da Vinci sketch is from a postcard pal now based in London. The snowy cathedral is from a Russian postcard pal. The scene with the blacksmith is from a Postcrossing meet-up in Kazan, Russia, but sent through Postcard United – I’m clearly not the only one sending through both now! The bottom middle card is my first card from Algeria. My French is s bit rusty but it’s a UNESCO site and something to do with lots of museums and civilisation in the Sahara.

Seasons Greetings is made of animals and comes from Netherlands. The girl with her dog come from a pal in Hong Kong. And Mount Sitabung is in Indonesia (sent with a short stamped message).

The lady in the fancy headdress is a card from Uzbekistan sent by a postcard pal in Russia. And Norma Shearer came to me from Canada, from a Postcrosser who believes in making people happy via postcards 🙂

Also, I’m loving the Alexander Calder stamps!

Now I just need to reply to all the cards and letters that have piled up…

Incoming postcards – time to consult an atlas

I was just think that Postcard United wasn’t much different from Postcrossing except the clunkier website, when a couple of much more unusual cards arrived 🙂 Along with a few from travelling postcard pals and wandering family it’s been a proper global postal experience opening my letter box!

From top left: my Turkish postcard pal was visiting Athens and sent me this card of traditional Greek things; my Dad was in Spain (and wearing shorts while my extremities froze off, not fair!); the beautiful and mysterious looking girl is from a postcard pal in Russia, and I really like it although I have no clues about who or what it’s of; the lovely pink building is the Nassau public library, all the way from the Bahamas – first ever card from there 🙂

And another first, a postcard and bank note from Guyana celebrating the anniversary of their independence. I’ll admit to checking the map for this one – north eastern South America if your geography is also lacking a little south of the equator 🙂 I’m slowly and accidentally acquiring a foreign note collection, and I’ve checked the exchange rate – $50 is worth £0.20! Presumably it has more value in Guyana? Or possibly not if they’re posting them out to random postcarders… And I’ll take the stamps off the envelope and add them to my coffee table stamp display, it needs a bit of attention after moving house…

Who knows what and where I might receive next!

Outgoing postcards

I haven’t sent many postcards for a while, there’s been a lot of other things going on. But this morning I had the urge to post things! There’s a few replies to postcard pals and 6 cards through Postcards United. I thought I’d try it out and it’s a frustrating but addictive site, I’ve definitely got a lot more variety of countries in this batch. I have a feeling I’ll be alternating Postcrossing and Postcards United for a while…

The instagram camera is off to a postcard pal in Turkey, the cacti are going to a postcard pal in Russia, the night train is travelling to China, the London railway map poster is going to South Korea, old Queen Victoria is headed for the Bahamas, butterfly stamp to Indonesia, Matlock Bath is off to Luxembourg, the Derby Roundhouse illustration is going to Australia, and the mountain view is for a postcard pal in Hong Kong.

And now I’m off to post them all!

More outgoing postcards

I’m aware that my blog is currently postcards and other post, but I’m blaming fairly recent surgery and very recent flu for a general lack of energy for doing much else. There’s a few sewing projects near completion, and some nice photos and scrapbooking to share sometime – as usual maybe next weekend!

So more postcards. I’ve been trying out Postcards United after seeing a few posts about it, not had any back yet but there should be some due…

The vintage railway poster is going to a new postcard pal in Hong Kong / Meditating Malcolm the cat is off to Germany as my 3rd September postcard diary (note the monkey arm curling round, more on that at the end) / the macaroons are going to Norway to someone who likes food, and I don’t have a lot of food cards that aren’t cake or ice-cream! / my last Derbyshire Life magazine card is off to Macau / the shaped owl card is going to Malaysia to a recipient who likes shaped cards and owls.

And the stamps! because I’ve acquired some nice ones recently.

Recent issue Great Fire of London stamp, monkey animail – his arm curls around the card as he hangs! There’s even a line to show where to fold the stamp! And there’s a koala and a bat and a snake holding a book! And I’m much too excited about these 🙂

And finally the UK’s most boring stamp because I came across a weird request – “I collect Automatenmarken(ATM) – {automatic stamp, variable value stamp, machine vending stamp, postage labels, electronical stamp…” Is this what she meant? Or have a sent someone a boring stamp when they could have had an orangutan?!