dinsdag 4 april 2017

In: from Spain (and the United Kingdom)



What do Morris Mouse and Harry Potter have in common?

They send/receive mail, they experience adventures...



...They can fly!...
(in apparently impossible ways)



... And they have been sent by Eva from Spain to the Netherlands!



The Mouse Mail caused some jolly way of canceling.



Thank you very much, Eva!

zondag 26 maart 2017

Sunday stamps: Flying

Today the Sunday Stamps' theme is 'Flying'.

Apart from flying flies, wasps and mosquitoes (which I never have seen on stamps so far), the flying 'objects' I see around my home on a regular base are birds and airplanes (and leaves and maple seeds in autumn).

Dutch PostNL has started to issue a serie of four beautiful bird photo stamp sheets this year.
The third and fourth stamp sheet I hope to get in future. At this moment I can show you some flying birds from the first two sheets:

From the 'lentevogels' ('spring birds') the stork ('ooievaar' in Dutch):



and the black redstart (in Dutch: 'zwarte roodstaart' which literally means 'black redtail'),



And from the previous 'winter birds' sheet this greylag goose:




This flying bird I happened to receive yesterday, but it is in transit. The stamp is on someone else's chaincard, so I have to forward it. But fortunately I could make a scan in time :-)




Luckily some months ago I received one of my own chaincards back, themed 'aviation'. Here it is, after traveling from the Netherlands via Singapore, Thailand, Russia, back home, now showing several airplanes, and a helicopter:



See more interesting stamps, and wonderful variations on the theme 'flying' today's Sunday stamps and follow the links.

vrijdag 24 maart 2017

Out: to Singapore



I happened to have to go to The Hague some days ago. On my way by bus and train I came along Schiphol Airport. Of course I took the opportunity to visit the book- and stationery store there, to see if there were interesting postcards.
So I found this Airport postcard which I sent to Jael in Singapore.

And fortunately Dutch PostNL has issued Schiphol Airport stamps last year, so I was happy to be able to add these to my card for her.

donderdag 23 maart 2017

In: from the United Kingdom



From John I received several pieces of wonderful mail.
Among them this peculiar mailbox (indeed a mailbox!).

And pretty stamps:



And on the back of the envelope some sign of a coming holiday:



Thank you very much, John!

woensdag 22 maart 2017

In: from Australia



Thanks to Eva I learned about Naomi's Thousand Postcard Project.
Naomi's husband gave her thousand unused vintage postcards, dating anywhere from 1900 to 1970, and he challenged her to send every one of them out into the world. Thus she invites us all to provide her with our postal address. And here it is: Naomi's postcard to me!
Besides a kind personal message from Naomi and the fact that this is the 189th card out of 1000, the (printed) text on the back says it is a reproduction of a photo, taken in 1890 at an early Indiana state fair.



I love Australian stamps, so I am happy to see these stamps added by Naomi to her card for me.
And this nice rubber stamp print about the project:



Thank you very much, Naomi!

In: from Spain



The text says: 'Laika, come back to earth'.
A lovely postcard and a very much matching stamp, showing the unfortunate space-dog, astronaut and willy-nilly adventurer, Laika.



Thank you very much, Eva!

woensdag 15 maart 2017

In: from Hungary and Italy



Such a great surprise: Two musical postcards I received from two different countries on the same day from the same sender, Micu!

The singer and pianist started their journey to the Netherlands in Italy. And the Opera House is located in Budapest, Hungary.



On the back side of both cards pretty stamps: the Plebiscito Square in Napoli:



And the nagy smaragdfémdarázs, which in English is "Large Cuckoo Wasp", but literally translated it will have to to something with the bright colourful smaragd ('smaragd' also is Dutch, and means emerald). Ah, the online translator says 'large emerald metallic wasp'.
More stamps from this serie you can find here.



Thank you very much, Micu, köszönöm nagyon!