An Enterprising Tree

Enterprising Tree

Enterprising Tree

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!

Danish Beach

West Coast Beach, Denmark

West Coast Beach, Denmark

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!

Helsinki

Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki, Finland

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.

Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Bundesrepublik Deutschland

I was most pleased when I received this great postcard from Kordula from Germany. I also received an exact copy of this postcard from Nico, making it my first ever duplicate but then I got a few more duplicates after that. There are 16 states in Germany, as well as the capital city, Berlin. Germany is made up as follows:

Baden-Württemberg

Capital: Stuttgart

Population: 10.8 million

Area: 35 752 sq. km

Bavaria

Capital: Munich

Population: 12.5 million

Area: 70 552 sq. km

Berlin

Capital: Berlin

Population: 3.5 million

Area: 892 sq. km

Brandenburg

Capital: Potsdam

Population: 2.5 million

Area: 29 479 sq. km

Bremen

Capital: Bremen

Population: 655 000

Area: 419 sq. km

Hamburg

Capital: Hamburg

Population: 1.8 million

Area: 755 sq. km

Hesse

Capital: Wiesbaden

Population: 6.1 million

Area: 21 115 sq. km

Lower Saxony

Capital: Hanover

Population: 7.9 million

Area: 47 609 sq. km

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Capital: Schwerin

Population: 1.6 million

Area: 23 180 sq. km

North Rhine-Westphalia

Capital: Düsseldorf

Population: 17.8 million

Area: 34 085 sq. km

Rhineland-Palitinate

Capital: Mainz

Population: 4 million

Area: 19 853 sq. km

Saarland

Capital: Saarbrücken

Population: 1 million

Area: 2 569 sq. km

Saxony

Capital: Dresden

Population: 4.1 million

Area: 18 416 sq. km

Saxony-Anhalt

Capital: Magdeburg

Population: 2.3 million

Area: 20 446 sq. km

Schleswig-Holstein

Capital: Kiel

Population: 2.8 million

Area: 15 799 sq. km

Thuringia

Capital: Erfurt

Population: 2.2 million

Area: 16 172 sq. km

Jablonec Nad Nisou Bombardment

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Like I have previously mentioned, I really do not mind being bombarded by postcards and Martin is yet again responsible for the bombardment this time. He sent me 6 postcards of Jablonec Nad Nisou, which is locally known as Jablonec, in the Czech Republic. It is the second largest municipality in the Liberec region and between 1938 and 1945, it was part of Sudetenland. The Germans, who call the town Gablonz, composed 86% of the population until 1938. The rest being Czechs and Jewish people. After German occupation, many of the anti-Nazi Germans, Jews and most of the Czechs escaped the town to move to other parts of the country. In 1949 most of the Germans were expelled, with only those that were part of the anti-Nazi struggle and Germans married to Czechs were allowed to stay. To this day a German minority of between 1000 and 2000 people remains. Meaning that between 2.5% and 5% of the town’s 40 000 inhabitants are German. Interesting to learn that Jablonec is the Gablonz I had heard so much about on WWII documentaries. Very interesting. Thank you Martin!

A Happier Life

A Small Manual to More Fun in Life

A Small Manual to More Fun in Life

Another great postcard from Feé! As you should know by now (those who have been around long enough,) I absolutely love Sheepworld postcards and boy does Feé know that!

For those who have no clue what’s going on here, here’s what it says:

A small manual for more fun in life!

Left: Start position

Center-left: Pull up right mouth angle

Center-right: Pull up left mouth angle

Right: Show as many teeth as possible

Repeat Several Times Daily!

Wintery Belarus

Winter Scene

Winter Scene

This postcard comes from Alexander, who is from Belarus. If you look carefully, you will be able to see the lines on the paper. I always enjoy the different looks, shapes, textures etc. that make different postcards unique. I am not sure what this paper stock is called but I sure do love postcards printed on them. The postcard does not indicate what painting this is or whether it is a famous place, so with that, I will just let you admire my cool postcard. Be jealous! Thanks Alexander!

The Northern Lights

Aurora Borealis, Finland

Aurora Borealis, Finland

This postcard of an aurora borealis comes from Tuula from Finland. The Northern Lights or aurora borealis is caused as a result of charged particles from the sun that collide with atoms and molecules in the earth’s atmosphere at an altitude of between 90 and 250 kilometers. It is due to this collision that oxygen and nitrogen emit the light that we perceive. On the other side of the planet, a similar event takes place, the lesser known, Southern Lights or aurora australis can be viewed from the Southern parts of Australia, New Zealand, South America and also in Antarctica. Unfortunately for me, South Africa just is not south enough. Aurorae also occur on other planets in the solar system, specifically at the magnetic north pole of the planet. Very interesting to know about this, thank you Tuula!

Liberec Bombardment

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This bombardment of postcards of Liberec comes from Martin, from the Czech Republic. He was also previously responsible for a bombardment of postcards of Hradec Kralove. Of course, in this sense I am most appreciative of being bombarded. With a population of nearly 150 000 people, it is the 5th largest city in the Czech Republic. The city was first settled by German and Flemish migrants in 1348, who were then expelled after World War II. Liberec is, however, still the home of a German minority, as well as a Jewish and Greek minority today. I always mention how great it is to learn of places that one never knew about and Martin certainly has provided me with yet another great learning experience and a lot of photos to back that up with. Thank you Martin!

 

Stunning Scotland

Black Rock Cottage, Glencoe, Scotland

Black Rock Cottage, Glen Coe, Scotland

This absolutely stunning postcard comes from Doyel from Scotland. It shows Black Rock Cottage, which is located between Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe in Scotland. Behind the cottage one can catch a glimpse of Buachaille Etive Mor (The great herdsman of Etive.) It reaches a height of 1022 meters and I am sure that on a clear day one could see all the beauty of the Scottish highlands from up there. It truly is an amazing postcard, thank you Doyel!