Thursday, September 17, 2015

More For September

Hello again , today is Thursday and my last update was back on Friday the 11th. Almost a week , so it's certainly time for something new. Since last Friday, I've received a nice selection of cards in the mail, enough for 2 updates for sure. So let's get on to one. Card # 1 today is one from My Lovely Teena. About 2 weeks ago we drove as far north on Vancouver Island as we could , ending up in Port Hardy. The town is located on the north-east coast of Vancouver Island. At last census, Port Hardy had a population of 4,008. The community's access to wilderness adventures , such as kayaking, caving, surfing and fishing invites visitors to "Live the Adventure ". One can certainly see that Port Hardy's economy greatly depends on tourism as well as logging. .

My Lovely Teena used a rather recent Franklin Expedition stamp. Canada issued 2 stamps on August 6th commemorating the Franklin Expedition. The stamp on my card shows the HMS Erebus. The 2 stamps not only commemorate Sir John Franklin's journey and the tragic loss of his life and his crew, but also celebrate the discovery of the Erebus.

The stamp is a little hard to see due to its light colouring.

Today's second card arrived from Japan. It shows a painting called "Moon "by Japanese painter Ogura Yuki. ( 1895- 2000 ) , who was known for her bijinga. Bijin-ga is a generic term for pictures of women in Japanese art.

Natascha used a number of smaller stamps on this cards , including a squirrel , a monkey and a bird, along with a Pinocchio stamp.

Next is a card from Thailand showing Wat Saket, and The Golden Mount. It's a Buddhist Temple in Bangkok. The temple , popularly known as the Golden Mount, dates back to the  Ayutthaya era ( 1350-1767 ) .

We have another fine selection of stamps here on Jobbo's card. On the left is a 1984 stamp issued to celebrate United Nations Day 1984. In the middle is aa stamp issued in 2011 celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Mom Rajawongse Kukrit Pramoj, the 13th Prime Minister of Thailand. The last stamp is a 2015 issue for ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.The stamp shows the ten flags of the ASEAN countries.

Here's a card for any of you train collectors out there. It's the California Western's Skunk Train  . Originally built in 1885 as a logging railroad, it now offers daily excursions from Fort Bragg to Willits. Today this scenic , historic passenger railway is located in Mendocino County's Redwood region of Northern California. It's forty miles of railroad over 30 trestles and through 2 tunnels. There's even a section of 8.5 miles , that actually covers less than one mile in a straight line.

Sandra posted this card in Point Arena, California - a small city of 449 people according to the 2013 census. The Point Arena Lighthouse is the closet location on the U.S. mainland to Honolulu, Hawaii, just 3,787 km away. The card arrived with the 2014 Global Sea Surface Temperatures Forever rate stamp. 

Now it's time for the last card for today. Since it shows a Koala, it must be from Australia. Koala is an Aboriginal name, meaning " no drink ".  The new born Koala is less than 25mm long and remains in its mother's pouch for six months.

This card is from Kim, who moved from Canada to Australia this summer. She is actually from my home province of Newfoundland and Labrador, so that's good. A Newfie in an Australian hat. Sounds good.

Kim used a new 2015 stamp showing Queen Elizabeth. It is 1 of 2 in a set celebrating the 89th birthday of Elizabeth Alexandra Mary. The photo was taken at Windsor Castle in April 2014 when Her Majesty met Irish President Michael D. Higgins.

So there it is, one more update for September. Thanks to My Lovely Teena, Natascha, Jobbo, Sandra and Kim. Good cards all around. I'll be back again the weekend as I have the cards already. Take care.

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