It's time for another update. I have a great bunch of cards, don't know how many will make it into the light here today. We'll see how it goes.
Let's start with a little reminder of my contest. You can win a great prize. Check out the contest and rules in the update right before this one. I have 5 entries so it's a go. Still lots of countries available to chose .
Now for today's cards. First up is this card from El Salvador. Not a country you find a card from in your mailbox often, at least not me. This is just my third from this Central America country. The two kids seem to be enjoying their ride along the Jaltepeque estuary in the tourist area know as the Costa del Sol. It's a natural habitat for a large number of shorebirds and a variety of marine mollusks.
This is a Postcrossing card from a country that has only 23 members , of which 4 or 5 are actually active. So it's pretty special
Lynet used 3 copies of a 2016 stamp celebrating Ernesto Antonio Claramount Roseville.
Next is a card from Windsor , England. We all know there was a recent Royal Wedding, but this card celebrates the Royal Wedding back in April 2011. It was William and Catherine , the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge that time.
I don't know the sender of this card , someone calling themselves Lone Wander. He or she used a Worldwide , up to 20g Machin Post & Go Label.
The Raffles Hotel in Singapore is featured on this next card. Built in 1887 and named after the father of modern Singapore, Sir Stamford Raffles, the hotel is the state's most cherished hotel. The hotel's first guest was author Joseph Conrad. Another author Rudyard Kipling once described the hotel " as a place where the food is excellent and the rooms are bad " . If you intend to book in there any time soon, remember the Singapore Slings cost close to $30.
Jobbo used a couple of large stamps on this one. On the left is a stamp issued in 2004. It is 1 of 8 in a set called National Holidays - Monuments. Shown on the stamp is Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall. The set was issued for National Day 2004. The right stamps is from 2015 and it commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Singapore Independence in 1965.
The next two cards are definitely surprises. The first one arrived from Antarctica - the Chile Antarctica Base Eduardo Frei. On it we see two Gentoo Penguins . They are fantastic divers and can reach depths of more than 100 metres. They usually live in small colonies and are known being fairly timid. They can be found throughout the Antarctic Peninsula and sub-Antarctic Islands.
Someone named Leslie sent this card to me. I don't know her and didn't know it was coming, but I'm certainly glad she sent it. Leslie used a 2015 Chile stamp featuring Easter Island. The stamp received the Antarctica Chile postmark and the card was then sent back to Punta Arenas for a date stamp on April 18, 2018.
The second surprise of a card is from Nepal. Another place one doesn't get many cards from . This one is from Sara who wrote that she accidentally came across this blog. I'm certainly glad she did. Sara's card show us what Mt. Everest looks like from Kala Patthar. It's a great card with a full moon rising over the 8,850 m Mt. Everest.
Sara used a stamp from 2013 - 1 of a set of 4 showing Plants.
My next card is one from a Postcrossing Meetup in Genoa, Italy on 20 May 2018. Specifically it's from Carla , but also signed by 6 other Postcrossing members. Carla and I swap cards from time to time.
Carla's stamp is 1 of 4 in a 2015 set called Jubilee of Mercy.
A Mountain Gorilla from Rwanda is featured on this next card. THey can be found in Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo. As their name implies they live at elevations of 8,000 to 13,000 feet . During the last couple of years their numbers have increased from 880 to over 1,000. Hopefully that upward trend can continue.
Bruce used a 2010 stamp, from a Folklore set of 4.
So ends another update. Thanks for cards today go out to Bruce, Carla, Sara, Leslie, Jobbo, Lone Wander, and Lynet. All great cards from great places.
See you again soon.