Here we go again with a selection of great cards. Let's start with a card from New Zealand showing a Kiwi, the rare, flightless and nocturnal bird, famous as a symbol of New Zealand.
David used 2 stamps from a February 2018 set of 6 showcasing NZ Cycle Trails.
My next card arrived from Rotterdam. When I first looked at it, the first thing that came to mind was " Hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil " but then I noticed a 4th person, the " Lady " with her middle finger. Where I live that's called " The Deerfoot Finger". The Deerfoot finger is served up to bad and impatient drivers on Deerfoot Trail, one of the main thoroughfares in Calgary. I guess it means something different in The Netherlands.
A Dutch Postcrosser named Yvonne sent this fine card . She used a 2014 International rate Dutch Icons stamp. It was 1 of 6 in the set, showing bikes, windmills, cows, tulips , etc.
A very nice clear , readable cancellation.
Today's 3rd card also arrived from Netherlands. It's a look at Queen Maxima. On 30 April 2013, she became the first queen consort of the Netherlands since Emma of Waldeck , back in the 1880s.
Lucia used an International Rate stamp showcasing Sint Eustatius.
A postcard showing a typical mailbox is featured on my next card from Denmark.Yow will find this type on walls or stands all over.
That's Dragsholm Castle you see in the center of the box. It dates from about 1200.
Eighty four year old Jorgen from Nykobing S , a small town in Denmark sent this card. He used 1 of 5 Flowers / Roses in a set issued in January of this year.
I might add that Nykobing S is home to the "Brainless Cemetery ".
Most , if not all of the people buried at this cemetery have been buried without their brains. I leave it to you my readers to go and find out the reason, if indeed you want to know.
Time for another card from Dominique from France. This one shows the old control room of U4 , a preserved blast furnace in Uckange. Old former workers offer guided tours of the site.
Dominique used a 1982 stamp commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Robert Debre, French Physician.
Too bad about the awful pen cancellation. I thought that was just about exclusive to Canada Post, but I guess not.
Now it's 3 cards from Belgium, all sent by Johan. Two of the cards are the same , so I'll only show it once, but the stamps are different so I'll show them. So this first card shows building, bridges , etc in a number of Belgian towns and cities.
Johan used a new stamp, two actually , issued for the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Nice stamp! Nice First Day cancellation !
Here's the stamp on the 2nd card of the same design.
Again nice cancellation on the stamp that was issued for the Tomorrowland Festival. Tomorrowland is an electronic dance festival held in Boom, Belgium. It was first held in 2005 and has since become one of the world's largest and most notable music festivals.
Here's Johan's 3rd card. It's a view of The Royal Museum for Central Africa or Africa Museum as it's often known. It's an ethnography and natural history museum built in 1898 and focusing on the Congo.
The stamps here are 2 from a sheet of 5 issued on June 5 of this year. First Day of Issue cancellation again. The sheet is impressive and showcases the museum.
You can see how large the stamps are , along with the selvage. That's only 2 stamps shown above.
It's that time again - last card time. This one is from Saint-Tropez, on the French Riviera, 100 km west of Nice.
Meelis used the 2017 Rodin stamp. It marks the 100th Anniversary of his death. Personally I think they should have waited until 2040 and marked the 200th Anniversary of his Birth. But that's just me.
There it is , one more update in the book. Thanks for cards today go out to David, Yvonne, Lucia, Jorgen,Dominique, Johan x3 and Meelis. I certainly wouldn't be doing this without you guys. Thanks very much. Take care.