Wednesday, May 6, 2015

May's First Update

It's certainly time for a new update. I'm just back from nine days in Calgary visiting with my two sons and their families. Also took in 3 soccer games with grandkids playing. Future stars I'm sure. Of course card withdrawal was setting in by the time I arrived back home. So let's get to some cards.
My first card for this time is one showing one of the tomb frescoes at the Estruscan Tombs and Museum at Tarquinia, an old city in Italy. The Necropolis of Tarquinia contains 6000 graves cut in the rock. It is famous for its 200 painted tombs , the earliest of which date from the 7th century BC. The area has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004.

This is another card sent by my brother Dale. His cards are still dribbling in even though he has been home for a couple of weeks . French stamps on this one. Obviously no time to post or no where to post out at the Tombs. The 2 Horse stamps are from a 2014 M/sheet of 8 issued for the World Equestrian Games in Normandy.

An aurora or northern lights display is next. In northern latitudes , the effect is known as the aurora borealis. In the south its the aurora australis or southern lights. This card from Estonia shows a northern lights show at Tilgu Harbour. Northern Lights are sometimes called the "Dance of the Spirits " and they do indeed dance and move around. I've even heard people say the northern lights chase people home. Not sure just what they are on. The best reference to northern lights , in my opinion, is in the  epic Robert W. Service poem "The Cremation of Sam McGee. It goes like this :

There are strange things done in the midnight sun,

by the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee.

Be sure to check out the complete poem, it's great. What  I have shown is just the opening and closing stanzas. 

Meelis  used a great 2015 Year of the Sheep stamp. 

Did someone say Barcelona ? Yes, that's right , here are 6 views of the grand city. 

Dale used a recent definitive featuring King Felipe. It is one in a set of 5. 

My next and last card for this time is also from Spain, another sent by Dale. This one comes from Seville.  Seville is the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region and a hotbed for flamenco dance, especially in the Triana neighborhood. The city is known for its ornate Alcázar castle complex, built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty, and its 18th-century Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza bullring. The massive Gothic cathedral is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb and a famous minaret turned belltower, the Giralda.
  1. None of which is on this card, there's not even a barber, only flower pots and flowers. 

  2. Dale used a 2015 Tourism stamp highlighting the Global Summit, held in Madrid in April of this year. 

There you have it. A small update for this time. Just 4 cards. Thanks to Dale, and Meelis. Drop by again. See you soon. 

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