Wednesday, April 25, 2018

More From the Pile

Hello again. I missed a couple of days there, but I'm here now, working my way through the pile of cards on my desk.
Let's start with a card from Sabah, Malaysia - Land Below the Wind. It gets this name simply because it is located below the typhon belt. Sabah occupies the top portion of Borneo , the third largest island in the world. Gabriel's card shows some of the Rungus people living in Kudat near the northermost point of Borneo. Kudat is the largest town in the heartland of the Rungus people and is a major centre of Rungus culture. The Rungus people are famed for their intricate and decorative beadwork, as can be seen on this card.


Gabriel used a Flower stamp from a set of 8 issued in 2010 and also an International  Definitive from a set of 8.

My next card is from France. It's from a glass exhibition held in 2013 in the Lorraine area. It actually took place in the Abbaye des Premontres  which dates from 1705. You can see some of the fine glasswork on display on the front of the card.

Dominique used a nice French Airmail stamp issued in 1981. It features French aviators Dieudonne Costes and Joseph Le Brix, who flew around the world in 1928.

This next car shows Iguazu Falls, on the border of Argentina and Brazil. The highest point of the falls is 82 metres. An impressive sight to see for sure.

David used 2 stamps from 2017 on his card. They are the two Butterfly stamps. The smaller stamp on the left was issued in 2017 and showcases Domestic Fruit Production. I'm not sue how though from looking at the stamp.

Here's a card that arrived from Brussels, Belgium. It shows a Swiss helicopter operating with KFOR . This is the Kosovo Force - a Nato led peacekeeping mission operating in Kosovo since June 1999 to build peace and stability in the area. 

Meelis used a 2016 Tintin stamp , 1 of 5 in the set.

Now it's a card from mailed from Gulluk, Turkey. Here we see Simena, a small village in Antalya Province. It's a popular yachting destination.

Levant used a couple of stamps on his card. On the left is a definitive stamp from a set of 16 issued in 2006. The right stamp, also a definitive , is from a set of 4 issued in 2011.

The stamp on the left brought back memories of the 1958-60 Cities of Turkey set. It has 134 stamps and is the largest pictorial set ever issued. Anyone else remember these ?

Last card time. It's Ubudiah Mosque in Malaysia. Located beside the Royal Mausoleum , its golden dome and minarets make it one of the most beautiful mosques in the country. It opened in 1917.

Jobbo used 2 stamps on this one. On the left , from 2015, a stamp, a joint stamp issue of ASEAN countries.
On the right , from a set of 3 issued in 2017, featuring Chinese Festival Food.

There you have it . An aside to Jobbo - I agree with the guy you ran into in the tearoom at The Majestic- Harper is a cold fish and I disagree with him on his other point- let's just say, he never got my vote and never will.

Thanks for cards today go out to Gabriel, Dominique, David, Meelis, Levant and Jobbo.  Great cards all around. Take care. See you again soon.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

More From the Pile On the Desk

I'm back again with a few more cards from the pile on the desk. Today is Sunday, sunny and warm and I'm waiting for the ballgame to start in about an hour or so. Just hope the Blue Jays have a little more life than they did yesterday.
Now it's time for those cards, I think. Again , like yesterday, no particular order, just random.

Ostende, Belgium is first up . Ostende is often called " the Queen of the Belgian Seaside " , as it's known for its long beach and promenade. Gerda's card gives a look at the Venetian colonnade or Royal Galleries. It is over 380 metres long with the Thermae Palace Hotel sitting atop the central section.

Gerda used 3 stamps on her card. On the left is one from a set of 20 issued back in 2000 for the 20th Century. In the middle is a 2001 stamp called Young Philatelists. I'm not quite sure what that design has to do with young stamp collectors. Then, on the right is a 2017 Butterfly stamp.

The Bamboo Bridge in Kampong Cham, a city in southeast Cambodia , is shown on my next card. The city , on the Mekong River is known for its French colonial buildings. The iconic bamboo bridge has been built, using roughly 50,000 pieces of bamboo every dry season for decades. Last year may have been it last, I'm not really sure. A new modern bridge, Kizuna Bridge, has been constructed just 2 kms south of the bamboo bridge.

Ravindra , who was visiting Cambodia, sent this card along. He used 2 stamps from a 2009 set of 5 featuring World Heritage Preah Vihear Temple.

A Postcrosser from the Netherlands sent this next card from Rotterdam. A lady and her bike. I'm not sure just how easy it is to ride a bike in those high heels.  But I guess it can be done. I remember a number of years ago, My lovely Teena and I were walking up Diamond head in Oahu and there was a young lady in similar high heels in front of us , and she made it to the top . I was impressed.

Maria used a 2017 stamp from a set of 10. The set was called For Special Moments.

Now it's a card from Spain and this one shows the medieval Pedret Bridge, dating from 1286  and crossing the Llobregal River. It's a stone bridge formed by a large central pointed arch.

This is a Postcrossing card sent by Josep and Assumpta. They have a great postcard blog called " Letters and postcards from all over " . You can check it out right here .

The stamps - on the left is a 2017 Europa stamp featuring Palaces and Castles. On the right is King Felipe VI , a 2015 stamp.

My last card for today is from Costa Rica and features the Mono Titi. This little primate the Mono Titi or the grey crowned red-backed squirrel monkey is the smallest primate in Costa Rica. They have been listed as Critically Endangered since 1996 and then Endangered in 2008. Their numbers have changed drastically over the years. In 1983 they numbered around 200,000, in 2006 just 4,000 and now it's just around 2,000.

David used 2 stamp from 2017. They are both America UPAEP Issues- Tourist Destinations.

This issue- America UPAEP stamps is a new one for me. I really didn't know they even existed. And they have existed since 1989- member countries of the Postal Union of the Americas, Spain and Portugal, issuing them. Guess I wasn't paying attention to that one.

 Well that's it for another day, and the Jays aren't doing too well today either. Thanks for cards today go to Ravindra, Gerda, Maria, David and Josep & Assumpta. Take care now, drop by again soon. I might even be here again tomorrow.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Back From The ?????

Hello once again. I'm back from a long absence , three weeks , I just can't believe it. Lots of cards arrived during this long time away, but it seems they just never made it here on the blog. It's time to change that , starting now. Today's cards are in no particular order, just how I picked them off my desk.
Let's start with this card from France. It shows the medieval citadel, La Cite, in the hilltop town of Carcassonne in the south of France. It was founded during the Gallo-Roman period and has 3 kms of double walls with 52 towers. The citadel was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 1997.

Dominique used a longer than normal stamp from 2016 celebrating the Belfort Philatelic Expo.

My next card is from Indonesia, Bali in fact. It's not the usual beach scene from Bali but a nice inland country scene.

Jean Pierre used 2 copies of a 2017 stamp showing the Tayan Kalbar Bridge.

Here's a card from 950 year old Minsk, Belarus. It's a glamour shot of Nicole Kidman, My Lovely Teena's  favourite actress - NOT. I liked her though  in the 1993 movie " Malice ". Good movie , too.  The first I remember Kidman acting in was the 1989 t v series  "Bangkok Hilton " .

Postcrosser Natalya used an Edible Mushroom stamp from 2013. It's one of 8 in the series.

Willamette Street in Eugene, Oregon, U.S.A. in earlier days is the subject of Sarah's card. Eugene is named after early American settler and city founder Eugene Franklin Skinner.

I wonder if you took a poll today, what the result might be, as to what is better the slower times as shown or the fast moving times we all experience in cities today ?

Sarah used a number of stamps on her card. A Star Trek stamp from 2016, a Navajo Jewelry stamp from 2004, An Additional Ounce stamp from 2015 and a Repeal of the Stamp Act stamp from 2016.

Panama City, Panama is up next. It's a great view of the Miraflores locks, part of the Panama Canal, a sight to see for sure. One I have seen twice, first I went through East to West and then a few years later West to East. The Miraflores locks ships are lifted or lowered 16.5 m , allowing them to eventually transit from the Pacific to the Atlantic or vice versa.

David used a stamp overprinted in 2014 for the Centenary of the Scouting movement in Panama. The stamp was first issued in 1999 without any overprint commemorating the 85th Anniversary of the Panama Canal.

That`s 5 cards so I think that will do for this time. So it`s 5 cards off the desk, but still lots to go. Thanks for cards this time go out to Dominique, Jean Pierre, Natalya, Sarah and David.  I`m hoping to be back here again tomorrow, perhaps with your card this time. Drop by and see.  Cheers !

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Cards From the Past Week

Good day to you all. Thanks for dropping in. Here's the cards I received this past week.They arrived from Singapore, France, Edmonton and Chile. That's a pretty good mixture from around the world. Let's do Singapore first. I actually have 2 cards from Singapore, so here's the first.
It shows the Fortress Plotting Room in the Battlebox. This is a former British underground command centre and now a museum in Fort Canning Hill. It was part of the Malaya Command. On February 15th, 1942, the decision to surrender Singapore to the Japanese was made inside this bunker. This was the worst defeat and largest capitulation in British military history.

Jobbo used a stamp from 2006. It is 1 of 10 in a set showcasing Old Occupations.

Here's the second card from Singapore, one of the busiest ports in the world. In 20111, the port handled almost 30 million twenty-foot containers and over one million refrigerated cargo containers.

This card is from Jean Pierre. He used a stamp from 2017, 1 of 2 in a set of Corals. It is a Joint Stamp Issue with Indonesia.

Next is this card from France. It's a look at Rocamadour, a small clifftop village in south-central France, with a population of 645. It attracts visitors for its setting in a gorge above a tributary of the River Dordogne. Rocamadour is classed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as part of St. James' Way Pilgrimage route.

Dominique used a stamp from 2016. It commemorates the 100th  Anniversary of the  Mining School at St. Etienne.

I live just a few kilometers north of Calgary. For 10 days every July Calgary hosts the Calgary Stampede - known as " The Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth" . This next card is from Edmonton - 300 km to the north. On it you see a portion of World Waterpark in WEM  or West Edmonton Mall - and incidentally called " The Greatest Indoor Show On Earth" . I wonder how they came up with that name. The weather is always warm at the world's largest indoor wave pool, with its 17 different waterslides.

This card is compliments of My Lovely Teena. She and I recently drove up to Edmonton for the Alberta Provincial Indoor Soccer Championships. Our grandson Zach was on a team representing Calgary. After beating teams from Edmonton, Fort McMurray, and another team from Calgary, Zach's team MSB Force played in the Gold Medal Game against Edmonton Xtreme and won. MSB Force are the provincial champs for 2018. Zach and the team were undefeated all year 2017 - 2018 and undefeated at the Provincials. Way to go guys. We had a great time, saw lots of exciting soccer and I even managed to pick up a few cards and get them mailed off.
Teena used the 2018 Year of the Dog stamp . Edmonton Post Office used a nice pictorial postmark called the Chinatown Gates postmark. It was introduced for the Chinatown Gates series of stamps from a few years ago.

Now it's last card time. This one is from Chile, but more than that, it's from Robinson Crusoe Island. It is the main island in the Juan Fernandez Islands located 670 km off the Chilean coast, with a population around 900 in 2011. The island is known for its native wildlife such as the Firecrown Hummingbird.
The island was home to marooned sailor Alexander Selkirk from 1707 to 1709 and is thought to have inspired Daniel DeFoe's fictional Robinson Crusoe in his 1719 novel, even though it was set in the Caribbean, not in the Juan Fernandez Islands. The Chilean government renamed the island Robinson Crusoe Island in 1966.
I can't say that I was all that familiar with this island until February 2010 when it was hit by a tsunami following a 8.8 magnitude earthquake . Sixteen people lost their lives and most of the village of San Juan Batista was washed away. Loss of life would have been much higher except for the actions of 12 year old Martina Maturana who gave the only warning. She ran 400 metres from her home to the town square to ring the emergency bell to rouse the people from their sleep.
David's card shows Rebaje de la Pina lookout from where a spectacular view can be obtained.

David used a couple of stamps from 2015. They are 2 of a set of 4 featuring Pelluhue, a popular resort town in Chile. In addition to the regular postmark, this card also received a special cancellation featuring a lobster, The Pearl of the Seas Forever.

That's it for today. Thanks for cards go out to Jobbo, Jean Pierre, Dominique, My Lovely Teena and David.

Thanks for dropping by today. Hope you find your way back here again soon. Take care.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Two Cards From Last Week

Hey there, I have just two cards for today. One from Belgium and one from Turkey. Let's look at the one from Belgium first. It shows the Basilica of Our Lady of Scherpenheuvel, located about 50 km east of Brussels. The basilica dates from 1627 and is reputedly the most frequently visited shrine of pilgrimage in Belgium.

Gerda used 2 stamps on her card. On the left is a stamp from a set about World War I , issued in 2017.  The other stamp is from 1999, 1 of 20 in a Millennium issue.

My second card arrived from Ankara, somewhat of a surprise, as I hadn't heard from Leslie in a while now. Her postcard blog has even been taken down. I'm glad she has sent a card again and the fact that she hasn't totally given up postcarding. Leslie's card shows a classic Turkish minibus.

Leslie used 3 fine stamps on her card. The 2 octagon shaped stamps on the left were issued in 2012. They are from a set of 4 showing regional foods. The stamp on the right is from this current year and shows a Historical Fountain.

That's the report for today. Thanks to Gerda and Leslie for the cards. A short update but that's how it goes sometimes. Take care.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Johan's Day On GemsWorldPostcards

  Hello again - as the title above implies, it's all cards from Johan that will be showcased here today. I received three cards from him this week.
Let's start with this card showing St Michael's Cathedral . This is a Roman Catholic church in Brussels. It was given cathedral status in 1962. Construction took about 300 years and was completed in 1519.


        Johan used a very recent stamp, issued on March 3rd of this year, It is from a set of 5 Animal Footprints.


Johan's second card shows Peter Paul Rubens self portrait. It is an oil on canvas , painted between 1628 and 1630. Rubens home, studio and even his grave are all located in Antwerp.


The stamp  is from a set of 5 Rubens's Paintings. It received a special Rubens cancellation from it's First Day sale.


Sadly the infamous pen canceler struck again and ruined a great stamp. Belgium or Canada  - who can say ?     

Here's the 3rd and final card from Johan for this time. It's an artsy card of the Kosmopolote Art Tour - the international graffiti festival founded in 2002.

On this card we see 2 quite large  and  fancy stamps. They are 2 of a set of 5 issued  to showcase Street Art, which Johan's card celebrates.

That's it for today. All thanks go to Johan for his cards. Feel free to come back again soon. I have 2 nice cards on hand which I hope to put up here sometime this weekend.     Take care.