Friday, March 4, 2016

The First In March

Hello again , here we go with a new month. I realize I'm a couple of days late, but that's how it goes sometimes. To start March , I have three cards to have a look at. There arrived from Spain, Canada and Kenya. Let's start with Spain.

The card is from Zaragoza, the capital city of Zaragoza province and of the community of Aragon. It has a population of just over 700,000 and hosted EXPO 2008, a World's Fair on water and sustainable development. On the card you can see the Plaza of Spain and Independence Walk, one of the main streets in the city. In the center of the square is the Monument to the Martyrs of Religion and the Homeland. It dates from 1904.


Ana used a couple of nice stamps on this one. On the left is a recent King Juan Carlos definitive. The middle stamp was issued in 2014. It commemorates the 50th Anniversary of SEPI, the holding company of which Correos , the Spanish Post is a part . The large stamp on the right is 1 of 3 in a 2015 set commemorating Modern World Wonders. Shown on this stamp is El Castillo or the Temple of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza , part of the Mayan Ruins in Mexico. The other stamps in this set shown the Great Wall of China and Christ the Redeemer in Brazil.

Funny thing - that Chichen Itza stamp so dominates the card , that I at first thought that Ana had made it back to Mexico. Of course I realized my mistake after looking at and reading the card more closely .
One more thing - that stamp brought back some great memories for me. I have climbed  El Castillo twice, once with My Lovely Teena and once with my younger son Parker. Good times for sure.

Card 2 for today is a local card - posted here in Parksville. Two B.C. Ferries are navigating  their way through Active Pass in British Columbia. This is a narrow passage separating Mayne Island and Galiano Island, two of the Southern Gulf Islands. It is one of three passes leading from the gulf Islands tnto the Strait of Georgia. Active Pass stretches 5.5 km from northeast to southwest with two roughly right angle bends. It was named for the USCS Active, a United States Navy survey vessel, the first steamer to navigate the pass in 1855.

This is another card from My Lovely Teena. She made sure I received at least one card with the elusive February 29th cancellation date. This one clearly reads 2016-02-29 . She used one of the newest Canadian stamps. It was issued Februrary 1st and is from the annual Black History in Canada issue. It celebrates No 2 Construction Battalion who left Halifax March 28, 1917, to assist with Canada's war effort in Europe.

Today's last card is from Nairobi, Kenya - showing African wildlife - the wildebeest and zebra migration. I'm sure that most if not all of us have seen the wildebeest migration on television or on You Tube at sometime or other. Thousands of animals trying to cross a river teeming with crocodile and not everyone makes it out alive. Truly an image that you never forget.


 Bruce used a Bird definitive from 1993, showing a Speckled Pigeon and the  larger stamp from 2015 showing a space satellite.

There it is, the first update for March. Thanks to Ana, My Lovely Teena and Bruce for all the cards today.
Be sure to drop by again next week for all that's fit to print and show about postcards and stamps.
Your comments are welcome, so leave one.

1 comment:

Ana said...

The Correos has been tasting my patience I think :)

hahah, yeah, that Chichen Itza stamp is so big, it is no surprising it is misleading...

and btw, I got your Victoria card yesterday..thank you very much Glenn!