Wednesday, 21 February 2018


January 29, 2018

Irina sent this card from Belarus with a little info about her city and a trolleybus ticket pasted on the card.  I can't say I've ever had that before, but I quite liked it.  We don't have anything quite the same here!

She wrote,
"Hello Helen!
My name is Irina.  I'm from Belarus. I live in the city of Gomel.  Gomel is the second city in Belarus. I send you a trolleybus ticket from my city.  On the postcard you can see the chapel tomb of Princes Paskevich. this is one of the attractions of Gomel.

Have a good mood! Irina"

This is a coat of arms for Rahachow, a Belarus town.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Taiwan - Tea Related

January 27, 2018

This beautiful card came from Vivien in Taiwan, complete with gorgeous food stamps and an informative message.  Yay!

She wrote,

"Konichiwa Helen.  My name is Vivien, and I live in Tainan, southern Taiwan.  I'm sending you a card showing a Chinese tea shop/house (or a regular house?) in the 16th century. On the stamps are a meatball and stinky tofu.

Bon appetite! đŸ˜€" 

Tasting Tea (detail)
Wen Zhengming, Ming dynasty (hanging scroll)
These are the stamps she mentioned before.  Very interesting!

Wednesday, 14 February 2018


January 24, 2017

Harold sent this beautiful card to me from Austria with some very interesting stamps on the back.  He wrote a friendly message on the back too.

He said,
"Servus Helen!
On one of the stamps you'll see Austria's most famous actor Christoph Waltz. I really love his performance and his impressive voice and I'm waiting for his new film 'Downsizing'.

Greetings from Vienna
'Servus' means hello"

Wednesday, 31 January 2018


January 23, 2018

Apologies for not keeping up with posting on this blog. I am finding it difficult to keep up with my Postcrossing as well.  January is a busy month and this winter has been quite hard in my little city.  I have to waste good Postcrossing time with shovelling snow....

This card arrived from Charlotte in Germany.  She sent a lovely bright card and wrote a friendly note on the back too.

She wrote,
"Dear Helen,
You are very courageous to live in a different is very different!  Good luck to you!! I live in a little village. On the near is a scottish [?] castle and in Karlsruhe 30 miles from here, also the very important city, built like a mandala round the castle.  Best wishes, happy live,

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Gotochi Cards

January 23, 2018

Just before Christmas, I did a few Gotochi Card exchanges with other people in Japan, and I will share a couple of the cards with you now.  I got some great cards!

From Chiba
This is the 2017 Limited Edition Card.

From Okinawa

This is the 2016 Card.

I'll be posting more of these swapped cards soon!

Wednesday, 17 January 2018


January 6, 2018

First card of the year!

I received this card from Alex in Russia. He wrote on the back of the card in both Russian and English...whew!

He wrote,

" My name is Alex. I am 27 years old.  I live in Crimea.
I like reading, sports, listen, to music, watch movies and TV serials, zest[?] with my friends.

I collect coins, stamps and banknotes.  Greetings from Crimea! Good luck!

P.S. This is my 193 card and 6 to Japan!  17.12. 2017

Friday, 12 January 2018


December 25, 2017

This card came from Sylvia in Germany.  She wrote a short but friendly note on her card too.

She said,
My name is Sylvia, I'm a 36 years old teacher. My favorite music is Bon Jovi!

I live in Osnabruck, small city in northern Germany.

Best Wishes,

Thanks, Sylvia.

Just a little side note.  This card and the card preceding it arrived on Christmas day and were sent by Sylvie and Sylvia.  Interesting, non?!