Without a shadow of a doubt, this has to be the cutest postcard that I have received so far. It comes from Heather, who lives in Massachusetts in the USA. It’s my first Valentine’s gift in 10 years, exactly. But before I start blurting out all the tales of my non-existent love life, I would just like to take the time to thank you, Heather, for a great postcard and I hope you get spoiled to bits this year!
This postcard of a tree that clearly saw a gap in the market comes from Susanne, who always blesses me with these great Ralph Rutte postcards. In this postcard the tree is selling ropes with nooses at 20 Euro each and asking people the simple question: Isn’t it a terrible day today? European trees are so helpful in the economy, as opposed to ours that just stand here. Thank you Susanne! As always, I love these postcards!
My first ever maxicard came from Colin in Australia. A maxicard, short for maximum card, is a normal postcard with a stamp that is very similar to picture put on the picture side of the postcard. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about kangaroos. Kangaroos are of course endemic to Australia and even though they are not an official symbol of the country, they are used in many pop culture references to the country and are also used as symbol for well-known companies like Qantas. These beautiful animals have very few natural predators left, as most of them have gone extinct. Defensively, kangaroos would, however, give a predator a tough time. These techniques include going into water (as they are good swimmers) and drowning their predators with their front paws. Another, more disturbing defensive technique includes grabbing the predator with their front paws and disemboweling it with their hind legs. Yummy! Thank you for my first maxicard, Colin!
This pretty postcard of a beach on the West coast of Denmark was sent to me by Rila, who is also from the country. It would appear from the way in which the plants gorw that this beach might be a windy one but then again, I don’t really know. Nor do I know exactly where this beach is, so I shall not be posting any facts. Thank you Rila!
Ever since I started watching Game of Thrones, I have had one character that I just loved. That of course being Danaerys. Brook was kind enough to send me this great postcard of her and I absolutely love it. If Danaerys is the mother of dragons, then surely that would soon mean that I will get to be the stepfather of dragons. I will not be adding value to her campaign of taking over Westeros by claiming the Iron Throne but I will certainly be more than happy to give her more heirs than all the great houses of Westeros have combined. Happily obliged! Thank you Brook, I love this postcard!
Another postcard showing the Finnish capital, Helsinki, comes from Tuula. Since I have already posted a postcard on my blog about this great city, I will not bore you with repetition. So, do take a look at that postcard if you should be interested. But in this post I will add that Helsinki in my language, Afrikaans, sounds something along the lines of “little boy from hell.” Except that we would spell that Helseuntjie but pronounce it as Helsinki. Fun fact, hey? And no, that is not a hair.
This postcard comes from Brook, who is from Virginia in the USA. She took this photo herself and made it into a postcard. How neat is that! Brook tells me that she loves to drive around and take pictures, especially in autumn, when the leaves are changing colour. She also says that a barn like this one is usually used to dry tobacco after harvesting. As a smoker, I am most familiar with Virginian tobacco. So, thank you Brook for showing me where my suicide sticks come from!