Thursday, February 11, 2016

Still February -- Good Thing , Too

Yes we're well into February and this is only my second update for the month. Obviously things don't always go as planned. Looks like I'll certainly be able to use the extra day this month. Too bad it only comes every four years. More about that later, now it's time to move on to postcards.

Let's start with another card from My Lovely Teena. Followers of this blog will know that whenever Teena and I go on any trip , excursion or outing - big or small , I usually find a card from her in my mail box after I return. Our recent outing to Victoria , the provincial capital , was no exception. Teena chose a card commemorating Mile 0, the Pacific Terminus of the Trans Canada Highway. The Atlantic Terminus is in St. John's , Newfoundland  - 6,888 kilometers to the East.

Teena used the recent  ( Jan 11 ) Year of  The Monkey domestic rate stamp. The Monkey is an all-powerful symbol of honour, luck, riches, and longevity, according to Chinese custom. Those lucky enough to be born in the Year of the Monkey count brilliance, flexibility, skillfulness and inventiveness among their traits, along with an excellent memory, an iron will, and a strong drive to succeed.

Today's second card is from Sri Lanka and is of course from Ravindra. You can visit one of his blogs right  here .  The card is titled "A Taste of Spice ".  Now I'm not a big spice guy, but I do see cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and cardamom among the spices shown. The others I leave to my readers.

Ravindra used 2 stamps on his card. On the left is a definitive from 2012. It's 1 of 16 in the set.  The larger stamp on the right was issued on Dec 31, 2015. It commemorates the Birth Centenary of the Most Venerable Davuldena Sri Gnanissara Mahanayake Thero.

Next up is a view of Montevideo, Uruguay. You can see the Legislative Palace where the Uruguayan Parliament meets. The building was built between 1904 and 1925.

This is another card from my brother Dale who spent New Year's in Montevideo. Unable perhaps to find a Post Office over the holidays, he took the card back to Rio and posted it from there. Hence the Brazil stamps. On the left is a definitive from 2006. On the right is a 2015 stamp showing peppers. It is from a set of 4.

Valley Forge, Pennsylvania is featured on my next card. Valley Forge is a National Historical Park in the United States. It commemorates the sacrifices and perseverance of the Revolutionary War generation.
Valley Forge was the military camp in southern Pennsylvania, approximately 20 miles southwest of Philadelphia. The American Continental Army spent the winter of 1777-1778 there, during the American Revolutionary War. It turned out to be a rough winter as starvation, disease and exposure killed over 2,500 American soldiers by the end of February 1778.

This is another fine card from Mike and Ashley of West Chester, PA.  They most always add a few new issue stamps to their cards, and such is the case again today. The Penguin Additional Ounce stamp is from 2015 but the other 2 are 2016 Forever issues.   The middle stamp was issued on Jan 29th , it is 1 of a set of 10 showing Botanical Art. The right stamp , issued Jan 15th is from the Love series. This one shows a Quilled Paper Heart.

There you have it, that's the update for this time. Thanks for cards go out to Ravindra , Dale , Mike & Ashley and of course to My Lovely Teena. See you again soon.

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