Thursday, May 31, 2018

Back From Away

Well I'm back, a little tired and jet legged still. It was well worth it though. More about that later, when the cards come home.
To end off  this month of May I have a few cards that arrived earlier in the month. Let's start with a letter box card from Krasnodar, in South Russia.

Danill used a nice large stamp from last year. It's from a set of 4 in a Contemporary Art of Russia issue.

Today's second card shows Britannia, a sculpture by Ian Kirkpatrick. It was part of an exhibition called A Graphic War, at the National Archives in London from October 2016 to January 2017.

Bruce used a 20 gram Worldwide Airmail rate Machin definitive. It was issued on March 30, 2010.

The next 2 cards are new additions to my Newfoundland Postmarks Postcard Collection. This time it's the towns of Trinity and Rocky Harbour.
Trinity is a small town located in Trinity Bay in Newfoundland and Labrador. The town of approximately 169 was settled in the 18th century. The Portuguese explorer Gaspar Corte-Real named Trinity as he arrived there on Trinity Sunday in 1501. Trinity may be a small town but it has lots of history. The first court of justice in North America was established there by Sir Richard Whitbourne in 1615. Then in 1798 the world's first smallpox vaccines were administered in the town.
Trinity was an historic fishing village. The card shows one of the town's fishing boats.

 One of the two stamps in the 2017 History of Hockey issue was used on this card. It shows a young man in modern equipment playing pond hockey on a winter's day.

Now it's Rocky Harbour's turn. Here we see Western Brook Pond in Gros Morne National Park. The park's main fjord features cliffs of almost 700 metres above the coastal lowlands, and waterfalls including Pissing Mare Falls at 350 metres high.  I have had the pleasure of a boat ride up Western Brook Pond twice. It's just beautiful.

This card's stamp is 1 of 6 in the 2018 Women In Winter Sports set. Shown is Sonja Gaudet, the world's most decorated wheelchair curler.

Here's a nice black & white card from Vilnius, Lithuania. I don't need to say much about this one other than it's a nice place to come ashore.

 Saule used a 2015 stamp featuring old wooden toys. There were 2 stamps in this Europa set.

Next up is this card from Zagreb, Croatia. On it we see Republic of Croatia Square ( formally Marshall Tito Square ) with the Croatian National Theatre Building near the centre.  In front of this building is a sculpture called Well of Life by Ivan Mestrovic.

Ana used a stamp from February 2018 stamp issued for the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeonchang, South Korea.

I'm ending off this update with 2 cards from Sri Lanka, both sent by Ravindra.
The first is another of the Unseen Sri Lanka series. Here we see the Lighthouse and pier at Talaimannar on the northwestern coast of Mannar Island. The light was built in 1915 and is 19 metres high.

The stamp on the left is from this year and celebrates World Kidney Day. On the right is a stamp from the set of 12 Unseen Sri Lanka series. This one matches the scene on the card.

This last card is a good one. I like postcards of post offices. This is the Post Office at Nuwara Eliya, a city in the tea country hills of Sri Lanka. The post office, one of the oldest in Sri Lanka, is a Tudor style red brick building with a clock spire. It was built in 1894 by the British. In 1990 Sri Lanka Post issued a stamp with a photograph of the post office to commemorate World Postal Day.

Ravindra used 3 stamps this time. On the left is a 2018 stamp marking the 70th World Health Day. The other 2 stamps are from a set of 3 issued this year for Vesak or Buddha Day.

Well, that's it folks. The last update for this month. Thanks for cards go to Danill, Bruce, Newfoundland, Saule, Ana and Ravindra. See you back here next month. And yes, it's good to be back here. Take care.  Tune in tomorrow for a contest announcement.

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