Friday, November 21, 2014

OFFICIAL Card - Belarus

This is a great illustration of a Pygmy Owl that Olga sent me. I was not aware there was an "Owls of Belarus" series. Even more great birds to collect! Thank you!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Greetings from Sweden - Direct swap with Jarmo

I honestly thought trying to find someone to swap the Greetings from Sweden card sent from the country was going to be a needle in a haystack. I was thrilled when it turned out to be one of the easier ones! I connected with someone on Facebook who pointed me in the direction of Jarmo. He was keen to swap as he needed the Canadian card. So nice when it works out like that. The stamp and postmark he selected for me is icing on the cake. The Europa stamps are from 1998 and the theme that year was festivals and national celebrations.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

OFFICIAL Card - Germany

Heike sent this card showing views of the Bavarian town of Passau. My husband and I have been talking a lot lately about taking river cruises when we retire. The timing of this card coincided perfectly with a brochure that arrived - perfect coincidence! Heike wrote about her family, job and hobbies. Nice to get to know her!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

OFFICIAL Card - Portugal

It is funny sometimes when you receive a card and you can't even remember they last time you "saw" that country. Portugal, Spain, Brazil - they all fall into that category for me. The ID numbers never seem to be that far off from the Canadian count so it makes me wonder if Canada is on the "rare" side for some receivers too. This card arrived early November and was a full year since I received an official from that country. Diana wrote a great message about the state of affairs at her house having moved the month before and the day she was having. A great map and views- thank you!

Monday, November 17, 2014

OFFICIAL Card - Australia

Robyn lives in Australia and wrote to me about her recent travels to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. If I think they are far from me, they are even farther for her! Love the card she sent, such a simple and strong design. The text on the back discusses the symbols of the flag.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Canada from Michael

I am super excited! This week I am getting together with my bestie Michael - yeah! We had a minor blip in our communication last year so it has been two years since I've been able to squeeze a big hug out of him. Cant wait! He sent this fun card to me a few weeks ago while doing homework. A great diversion if you ask me!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

OFFICIAL Card - Finland

Ninna lives in Helsinki and sent this multi-view of the harbour to me. She wrote that her passion is travelling and she tries to visit 4-8 countries every year. Jealous!