Postcard from India

27 12 2009

This postcard also showed up on Christmas Eve. I love it! Ever since I joined Postcrossing, I’ve been hoping for a card from India so this is really great.

Love the stamps, too!

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All relative!

6 12 2009

Yep, so I did the dastardly deed and scanned and scanned till I could take no more. The only things that escaped the ritual scanning were the postcards too big for the ineptly sized beast. Anyway, this first batch of postcards aren’t Postcrossing ones [groan here, please] but ones I found around the house. Hopefully this post will get me crazy hits and fulfill my wish to become the Perez Hilton of Postcrossing.

My Uncle Tim loves to travel and is always off on some exotic jaunt. Luckily for me he also loves to send postcards so thanks to him I already had some real good’uns back in my pre-Postcrossing days. This one came from the legendary Syrian city Aleppo. Its caption reads: “Mother nursing her child 2nd cent AD. North Syria. Aleppo Museum.”

This one came from Goa, somewhere he’s returned to several times. Its captions reads: “Lord of the Cowherds Krisna delighted in playing on his flute as he tended to the cows with the other cowherds.” Nice guy!

I must admit he didn’t actually visit Mexico to get this one! It was sent from the British Museum in London.This turquoise mosaic of a double-headed serpent is from the 15th-16th century. Apparently its real-life height is 20.5 cm. Weirdly, the other day I was looking at this postcard, then I looked up and saw it on telly, then opened a newspaper and it was in there! Spooky.

This one came from the Turkish resort of Side – pronounced “siddy” – somewhere I would really love to visit.

This was sent us by my Irish uncle, Neil [confused yet?] from a Slovenian town with the unfortunate name of Bled. [I juuust managed to lop that off in the scanner.] According to his written missive, “the Japanese tourists [were] in town” – which must surely have resulted in linguistic hilarity at some point.





The cards I send…

20 11 2009

As soon as I’d signed up to the Postcrossing website, I started to wonder what cards I should send to people. Most people seem to have something against cutesy cards which is kind of a shame. Cutesy’s cute! But the people want what the people want. So I went looking on Amazon and Play.com, and there’s not many postcard books on sale but one caught my eye instantly: The Earth From The Air Postcard Book. When it arrived I couldn’t believe how beautiful the photos are, plus they are lovely and big and really good quality! It’s been hard sending them off but it makes me happy to think of someone getting one through the post. What a generous soul I can be at times! I would be very very happy if I got an Earth From The Air postcard and – in my opinion – that’s the true spirit of Postcrossing. The above pic isn’t in the postcard collection; it’s a stunning image that really caught my eye when I visited their website. ‘Rugs drying in Marrakech’ is the formal description, I believe. You can buy all kinds of amazing stuff there. I think I’ll get my mum one of their diary for Christmas! In fact the whole family will if I have anything to do with it. Quite pricey but well worth it.

This one of dyed cotton drying in the sun in India is also very beautiful:


This is the book in question:

It can be bought here.

Alternatively – not that I’m turning this into a price comparison website –  I’ve always preferred Play.com. They sell it here.

PS: The first three cards I sent were horrific Klimt monstrosities – sorry!