Monday, June 5, 2017

Hey , It's June Already

Yes, it's June and time for a few more postcards. This is the first update for June - I hope this month is as busy, blog wise as May was. I did 10 updates last month - that's really a good month for me. I know many blogs get updated just about every day and that certainly looks good on them. More power to them. Now, it's on to the cards.

Let's start with a card from Veurne, a city in northwestern Belgium, near the French border. The market square is dominated by the Belfry which is the subject of this card. It was built in 1617 and  construction took 10 years.  It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List in 1999.



Gerda sent this card along and used 3 stamps . On the left is a 2002 stamp , 1 of 20 , in the 20th Century set. The middle stamp is from 2003 and is 1 of the 10 This is Belgium set. On the right is a 2016 stamp , 1 of 10 in the Nobel Prize Winners set. It celebrates Ilya Prigogine, a a Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry for work in dissipative structures, nonequilibruim thermodynamics and irreversibility.
With those topics, it's no wonder I never even made the list.





Card # 2 for today arrived from Singapore. It shows a Tembusu Tree in Singapore Botanic Gardens. The trunk of this tree can produce very hard wood that is often made to produce chopping boards. The wood of this tree lasts a long time, often over 100 years and as a result, it is also used for flooring.



Jobbo also used 3 stamps on his card. On the left is 1 of 8 in the Myths and Legends set. It was issued in 2014. In the middle is 1 of 4 in the Kent Ridge Park set from 2010. The stamp on the right is from 2007 and is 1 of 4 in a City Tourism set.





Now it's on to beautiful New Caledonia. Jean Pierre's card shows Anse Vata Beach, just 10 miles from Noumea city centre.



On Jean Pierre's card , he used 3 definitives from 2014 and 2016, along with a nice 2016 stamp featuring the ship Caledonien.




Now here's a different card, a different face. I'm not sure from looking at this Maori warrior, if he's scared or trying to scare. You decide.
Recent years have seen a revival in Maori culture, so it's not surprising  to see one featured on a postcard.



Postcrosser Jen is the sender of this card. She used a 2016 definitive stamp featuring Abel Tasman Scenic Reserve in Awaroa Bay.




This next card features a UNESCO World Heritage Site from the Czech Republic. It features the gardens and castle in Kromeriz, a Moravian town in the southeastern Zlin Region of the country.The Kromeriz Gardens and Castle were added to the WHS list in 1999.


Emil used a 2012 Architecture definitive and a 2016 World Heritage Sites stamp.




Well I think that's about it for today. A nice start to the month of June. I want to thank Gerda, Jobbo, Jean Pierre, Jen and Emil for their cards. GemsWorldPostcards would be nothing without people like you all. Many thanks. Please drop by again soon.

However before I sign off for today, I think it's time for one more of my infrequent appeals. There are still a few countries and stamp issuing entities that I have not as yet received a stamped postcard from and they are: Australian Antarctic Territory, Central African Republic, Congo ( Democratic Rep ) , Guineau-Bissau, Liberia, Niuafo'ou, Sierre Leone, South Sudan, Tokelau Islands and Transniestra. Just 10 more, but 10 difficult ones it seems. So , if you are going to any of these places, know anyone living or working in any of them or know anyone going to any of them , please keep me in mind. Thanks for reading.

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