Good day to you all. Yes, it's foggy here today, at times you can hardly see your hand before you. It's been 10 days since my last writing. Time flies when you're busy. We had a little 2 day excursion to the Banff National Park - Banff and Lake Louise. We also took in an indoor soccer tournament - our grandson Xander scored 9 goals during the 4 games, and his team won the silver medal. Then there was a birthday party for Xander and also his brother Zach and finally a Hawaiian Luau , to break up the winter. All in all a busy few days, with little time for postcards or blogging.
With the fog today and it being Family Day here in Alberta, I figured today would be a good day to visit a few postcards.
This first card came as a surprise and remains somewhat of a mystery. It is from Mali in West Africa and was posted in Bamako, the capital. The card shows a group of locals enjoying the shade of a large , old tree in Sangha. Sangha is a commune of Mali of roughly 260 square kilometres and approximately 25,000 inhabitants.
As I mentioned this card this card arrived as a mystery. It is signed by a Mike and by Taouvik Boukari, both unknown to me. Now I sent out a few feelers and it was suggested to me that the card might be the work of Maick, from The Netherlands. He has a blog called " A Journey of Postcards " . Whoever actually sent it or is responsible for sending it , I do indeed say a big Thanks.
The 3 stamps include 2 face different - a 100F and 2 500F values, and were issued in 2015 showing Timbuktu Manuscripts.
Next is a card showing hay bales in the Saint-Lambert region of Belgium. It is a black and white photo by Jean-Marie Vandeloise.
Johan used 2 copies of the beautiful January 2017 stamp entitled Hope Springs Eternal Youth.
This next card shows a 1987 photo by John De Andrea called
" Diane " . Others in this set by De Andrea are called Marla and Juliette .
I think Diane shows that the body can convey emotions based on position.
This is another card from Carla in Italy- we have swapped cards a number of times over the last few months. Carla used 2 nice aviation themed stamps showing Italian Aviation Pioneers. A set of 4 was issued in 2003.
Now for today's last card. Another one from Johan. Salut !! Hello to you , too.
A nice big stamp , 1 of 6 issued in January to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Gaston Comic Strip. Nice matching cancellation.
There it is , a little smaller that my usual update but it is what it is . Thanks for today's cards do to Johan, Carla and whoever sent or arranged the Mali card. Drop by again soon. Take care.