Postcard from Germany

26 01 2010

This really lovely postcard shows the cloister of a medieval monastery where the sender is a tour guide. [I’m not sure of the city’s name – sorry.] It reminds me a lot of the Salisbury Cathedral cloisters. The sender says there hasn’t been any monks since 1648 so it’s a museum now. What a shame!


Things to see and do

26 01 2010

Sorry for the lack of posts in the last week! I haven’t bailed on you, but the internet is a distracting place  and my laptop’s been sickly and I’ve been ill…all which resulted in not much blogging. Anyway, here’s a few things of interest to file under Other Things I Like.

♥ If you haven’t yet tried out the new search feature on, be sure to give it a go! As I said in the comment section of the project’s official blog, my only problem with it is that people very rarely sign postcards with their usernames so wouldn’t it make more sense to have a search field for the sender’s real name? But other than that, it seems great and it’s a lot of fun to find out who Postcrosses in your local area. There’s very few active users in my homestead so I won’t be organising a meet’n’greet any time soon.

Woophy is a site I’ve loved for a long time. Its international community spirit is reminiscent of Postcrossing’s. Here’s the self-explanation from the website:

Woophy stands for WOrld Of PHotographY, a website founded by a Dutch collective of photo aficionados and internet designers who believe navigation on internet can be more visual, logical and associative.

The goal of Woophy’s founders is to create an accessible, visual, current, democratic and collective work of art comprised of a database picturing our remarkable world.

With the help of (amateur) photographers across the world we strive to ultimately cover every inch of our world map with images that represent the world’s beauty and peculiarity from all different cultural perspectives.

It really is great to spend a while looking at our amazing world.

♥ Another of my obsessions is podcasts. And because I love free things, it was while searching for free podcasts that I found the brilliant LibriVox project. [It was actually through the Open Culture website, an amazing database of free cultural podcasts.] LibriVox provides free audio books from the public domain – i.e. members of the public record themselves reading books that are too old to be copyrighted. Thanks to LibriVox, I’ve listened to all kinds of classic books I never would have managed to read. The quality of reading is a bit variable and of course it’s not the same as a commercial audio book. But if you can look beyond that and imagine someone is reading to you, it becomes a pleasure. It’s my New Years Resolution to record one myself!

My REAL Wall is fun to keep an eye on. A guy in London decided he’d had enough of his Facebook wall and instead asked to be sent postcards to adorn his actual wall at home with. I’m sure it’s pretty and all but my postcards are too precious to be pinned to my bedroom wall!

♥ And finally…I’m really into French cinema at the moment and for Christmas I bought my mum three DVDs of them. [I always buy people presents I would like myself…] One was Etre et Avoir which we finally got around to watching the other night – and it’s absolutely brilliant! It’s the most charming, funny, sweet film you could imagine. It documents a year in the life of a tiny rural primary school in Northern France. Here’s a clip I found on YouTube that sadly isn’t included on the DVD:

Five travelling postcards

20 01 2010

Here’s a photo of five postcards I’m sending off to Postcrossers today. Well, I say I am…actually, I’ve begged mum to go up to the Post Office and do it for me! The top two are from The Earth From The Air postcard book I love so much. The left one shows an Egyptian date palm and is being sent to Taiwan. The right one shows terraced fields in Indonesia and is going to Moominland Finland. The cute doggy cards come from a postcard box full of canine friends. The left one’s going to Arizona and the right one to a child in the Czech Republic. The middle postcard, showing my lovely hometown Salisbury, is going to Germany. Five smiles, I hope!

The kindness of strangers

15 01 2010

The kindness of the strangers involved in Postcrossing continues to amaze me. The other day I saw a really pretty postcard in someone’s gallery so I faved it and left a comment saying how beautiful it was. A short while later the sender messaged me and asked for my address so they could send another one to me! It arrived today and it’s even more lovely in real life. I just love the spirit of goodwill Postcrossers have. He had no reason to send it to me at all, it was simply kindness. And how often do you encounter that day-to-day?

Postcard from Stockholm

15 01 2010

This nice postcard came from a Swedish Postcrosser who got extra points for saying how much she loves England. Most of the world seems to hate us, so that was nice. This is the postcard I mentioned in my post on what to write – the sender describes a walk around Stockholm at Christmas time which is really lovely to read. Sorry about this poor excuse for scanning!

Postcard from Rapallo

14 01 2010

I love the beautiful photograph in this Italian postcard. My tenuous connection to the place is my grandmother’s painting of the town, bought by my uncle when he worked there as a chaplain a few decades ago. It’s a very pretty town and if I remember correctly, I think there’s a statue of Jesus just off the coast, underwater.

Postcard from Venice

14 01 2010

I love this postcard. I’ve got some really interesting ones lately, since I changed my profile to say that I’d love to see historical artefacts. Its desrciption is, “South wall – Oration in the garden (13 C).” A bit of art is always nice!